Christopher G. Moore Updates: 21 February 2014

Dear Readers,

Creativity remains something of a mystery. What exactly does the creative process involve? How does it work on a practical level?

There are as many answers as there are people writing about creativity. I recently read Martin Gayford’s Man With a Blue Scarf. Gayford is an English art critic. He sat for English painter Lucien Freud more than a decade ago and recounts the experience of his shifting roles alternating between being observed and as observer. In that tension we glimpse how the creation of a work of art comes about.

The book is an insight into the creative process and for that reason it is featured in this week’s essay: Man With a Scarf.

This week in Bangkok we experienced more violence and turmoil on the streets. The clashes between protesters and police remain dramatic. YouTube and social media captured some of the moments. But violence in Bangkok remains at a reasonably low level. The worry is if the violence cascades into a larger conflict. That is something no one can’t predict.

The current drama features a cast of memorable characters and reminds me of the Parker novels by Richard Stark a.k.a. Donald Westlake. Parker, the professional thief lives on the proceeds from well-planned crimes. Occasionally Parker and his crew plan a heist on an epic scale such as entire island or stadium of people. Or in this case, it is as if Parker and his crew have designs on a big city. The line between professional thief and politician and crime and politics is a blurry one.

On Facebook I asked friends: “Expats that I've been talking with have started to ask what is your Plan B if the current level of violence should suddenly spin out of control in a Thailand. Do you have a Plan B?”

A lot of interesting comments followed.

David Walker, a Canadian writer and filmmaker went missing on 14th February in Siem Reap. He stepped out his room leaving behind cell phone, laptop, passport, etc. saying he’d be back soon. Many of his friends and colleagues are deeply concerned. I had dinner with Dave in Siem Reap last October. He was deep into a project interviewing and filming Khmer Rouge cadre, who told him their stories from the old days.



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