has been a lot of local and international drama that exceeds
the imaginative range of any working novelist. The Euro
unraveling, Nigeria collapsing in a sinkhole of violence,
Greece in financial crisis, student activists in Bangkok
before a military tribunal ordered release, Donald Trump
channeling Jefferson Davis, the president of the South
during the Civil War, the Chinese stock market falling
like a drunk off a barstool, and it goes on.
an essay titled Ideologies
of Consent, I have a look at the meaning
of consent within a political system. Sometimes what we
assume is an easy issue is a difficult one. Consent. Consensus.
These are words that cry out for definition. When we consider
the historical record, we find that Ďconsentí has been
an expanding to include many people previously excluded.
The process of inclusion since the Magna Carta
has never been won without controversy and conflict.
afternoon, 1.00 p.m. at the Wine Connection, Soi 47 and
Sukhumvit Road, Keith Nolan interviews me for his TV program:
Between the Lines. Iíll be talking about the Calvino series
and writing fiction in Southeast Asia for the last 27
a good book still yields the best dividend. You will be
enriched in ways that money canít buy.