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Blog Archive December 2009

Bangkok Found: Reflections on The City

Bangkok Found
Reflections on The City

By Alex Kerr

Baht 650

River Books

(2009)

 

Long-term Thailand expats are not rare birds. The flock contains many nationalities who have nested in Thailand since the end of World War II and the large numbers currently living here started no more than 25 years ago. But only a handful of expat writers have managed to capture the ‘spirit’ of expat experience, the history and culture of Thailand, and context of expat life. Alex Kerr because he has taken the time to make friends with Thais and learn the language, has written a fine book that describes and discusses the relationship between the native Thais and the expats quite unlike any other book you will read. Alex Kerr’s Bangkok Found Reflections on The City has written a beautifully illustrated and rare book. One that fills a gap in the expat literature.

 

Bangkok Found is filled with a luminous insight and intelligence by an expat whose Asian experience began in Japan at age twelve when his father, a naval officer, was sent to that country.

 

Alex speaks fluent Japanese, Chinese and Thai, and what makes Bangkok Found one of the best books you will read about an expat’s life in Asia in general, and Thailand in particular, is that his cross-cultural and linguistic training has equipped him with an ability to see, record, evaluate an explain aspects of Thai life that escapes most expats who have written about Thailand. Kerr is also a first class observer of people, language and culture.

 

Kerr has befriended many Thais during his thirty-years since first coming to Thailand, and his Thai friends like Ping who took him to the old capital of Ayutthaya gave him an early grounding into the Thai society. He also made friends among members of the colourful expat community that he has met over the years. His chapter on Thai Expat Society charts their work and lives as writers, restaurant owners, collectors, philanderers, and businessmen. Their intermarriage and the luk khrueng children are part of their legacy. Foreigners are painted against the larger canvas of Thai political, social and economic life. Kerr places the expats into historical and contemporary context. So long as barbarian Westerners don’t rock the boat, they can stay on board. The cross-cultural references to Japan make Bangkok Found an original and highly engaging read, and answers the basic question as to why large numbers of Westerners voluntary chose to live long-term in Thailand as opposed to Japan.

 

If in 2010 you buy only one book about the connection of the Westerner to Thailand, I’d highly recommend that you buy Bangkok Found. It is truly a gem.

Posted: 12/29/2009 10:26:09 PM 

 

Happy Holidays

Thanks for coming to this blog in 2009.

I hope to see you stopping passed in 2010

May 2010 bring you happiness and good health.

Christopher

Posted: 12/25/2009 4:05:09 AM 

 

Reasons to Write and Reasons Not to Write

Every author has there own private reasons why they devote precious hours of their lives to writing a book. For this author, it is the passion I have for constructing the narrative and characters. Writing for me is unlocking a door to a room where I enter into the fictional realm. This realm feels as real as the real one. The line between sanity and the loony bin is remembering there is such a distinction.

I have far more control in the fictional world than in the real world, where like everyone else, control over most things is elusive at best.

Read more: http://www.internationalcrimeauthors.com/

Posted: 12/25/2009 12:10:32 AM 

 

PATTAYA EXPAT CLUB

On Sunday 20th December 2009 I will be speaking about The Corruptionist and The Vincent Calvino Readers Guide at the Pattaya Expat Club this Sunday.

 

From the Pattaya Expat Club newsletter:

 

“Our Main Feature on 20 December is the foremost expat novelist interpreting Thailand, Christopher G Moore, who has two new books – an epic detective thriller ‘The Corruptionist’ set against the Bangkok backdrop of anti-government occupation of Government House, plus a pocket Reader’s Guide to the Calvino private eye series. It is Christopher’s 8th annual literary talk to the PEC members. He will discuss the new novel for half the feature and has requested an on stage interview with Richard Ravensdale from PEC, one of his tv and book review critics, to probe his work. He will also do a book signing. The Corruptionist is Baht 499. The Vincent Calvino Reader's Guide is Baht 249. Published in Thailand by Heaven lake Press. Buy a copy of either book on Sunday, and get The Risk of Infidelity Index and/or Paying Back Jack for 50% off retail price. Other selected backlist titles will be on offer with a good discount as well. A good time to stock up on ‘Calvino’ titles that you haven't picked up.”

 

The time: 11.30am. (Doors open 1030am) All Nationalities are welcome.

Location: THE GRAND SOLE HOTEL, Second Road, Pattaya. Mid-way between TOPs Central Road and Big C 2nd Rd, on the right hand side.

Posted: 12/17/2009 11:42:19 PM 

 

Inside The Hive Mind

A piece I wrote titled "Inside The Hive Mind" has appeared in the
December/January issue of the Brooklyn Rail, a literary magazine located in New York.

"Something fundamental is changing in the hive mind. The thousands of
human hives have been subject to globalization. These cultural, language, and faith colonies are interconnected in ways unimaginable a hundred years ago."

Link:
http://brooklynrail.org/2009/12/express/inside-the-hive-mind

Posted: 12/14/2009 5:07:31 AM 

 

FRIENDS IN STRANGE LANDS

One definition of a friend is someone who takes the time and care to listen to your story. They let you narrate without interruption or noise. They await your validation as to the worthiness of the story told.

This is why it is very difficult to find a friend in the modern world.

Read more: http://www.internationalcrimeauthors.com/

Posted: 12/10/2009 10:45:47 PM 

 

Reminder: “NAVIGATING THE BANGKOK NOIR” AT LIAM’S GALLERY PATTAYA

EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS BY CHRIS COLES
11TH -30TH DECEMBER 2009
AT THE OPENING OF THIS EXHIBITION on 11th December 18.30 hrs
CHRISTOPHER G. MOORE WILL LAUNCH AND SIGN HIS NEW BOOKS

“THE CORRUPTIONIST’ AND “THE VINCENT CALVINO READER’S GUIDE’



Chris Coles is the visual arts representative of the Bangkok Noir movement. An artist and filmmaker, he divides his time between the coast of Maine and Bangkok. A well travelled artist, he counts among his many films, LA Story, Chaplin, Cutthroat Island, Road to Wellville, Rainbow War, Ballet Robotique, Rosary Murders, the Superman Films and TV Series Sirens. His expressionist paintings of Bangkok’s nightlife reveal a raw and primitive layer of the human experience. The predator and prey are given equal billing in this remarkable show.

   

Christopher G. Moore, a Canadian writer, is no stranger to readers and has more than 20 novels to his name. Moore’s Noir novels are the perfect complement to Coles paintings. In the words of the National Post, Moore is known for the way he captures the “bewitching spirit and rice-cooker passions of Southeast Asia”. Both artists are core members of the Bangkok Noir movement.


www.liamsgallery.com
Liam's Gallery
352/107 Soi 4 Pratamnak Road Moo 12
Nong Prue Banglamung, Pattaya 20150
Tel. +66 038 306172 Email:
contact.liamsgallery@gmail.com

Posted: 12/9/2009 3:37:46 AM 

 

Marketing God and The Hell Problem

Marketing. Brands. Giveaways. These are the sacred pathways to converting a person to a new religion. Thailand is largely a Buddhist country. The usual figure is 90% of Thais would tick the box labeled Buddhism if asked to choose their religion. You need to mix in animism, Brahmanism and capitalism to get a full understanding of the religious landscape.

Read more: http://www.internationalcrimeauthors.com/

Posted: 12/3/2009 9:38:50 PM 

 

The Corruptionist: Kevin Cummings’s 2nd December review

The Corruptionist
Kevin Cummings’s 2nd December review

 

Loved "The Corruptionist". Has all the characters we have gotten to know, including Bangkok and the icy urinal at Lonesome Hawk. Nice homage to George in the beginning as new characters were developed. Perfect.

Takes a farang to places he would like to go, but hopefully has the good sense to avoid (unless the basement ...of... his brain overrides logic), like protests at government house and educates to the point of uncomfortableness re the real life 2003-2004 war on drugs.

Calvino fans are sure to appreciate the casual references to characters and storylines from other books, a la Kurt Vonnegut. Intelligent, complex and modern ending. I never predicted one damn thing right, as it should be. But what I like most about your writing is that the throwaway lines are all keepers.

Posted: 12/2/2009 2:26:35 AM 

 

“NAVIGATING THE BANGKOK NOIR” AT LIAM’S GALLERY PATTAYA

EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS BY CHRIS COLES
11TH -30TH DECEMBER 2009
AT THE OPENING OF THIS EXHIBITION on 11th December 18.30 hrs
CHRISTOPHER G. MOORE WILL LAUNCH AND SIGN HIS NEW BOOKS

“THE CORRUPTIONIST’ AND “THE VINCENT CALVINO READER’S GUIDE’



Chris Coles is the visual arts representative of the Bangkok Noir movement. An artist and filmmaker, he divides his time between the coast of Maine and Bangkok. A well travelled artist, he counts among his many films, LA Story, Chaplin, Cutthroat Island, Road to Wellville, Rainbow War, Ballet Robotique, Rosary Murders, the Superman Films and TV Series Sirens. His expressionist paintings of Bangkok’s nightlife reveal a raw and primitive layer of the human experience. The predator and prey are given equal billing in this remarkable show.

   

Christopher G. Moore, a Canadian writer, is no stranger to readers and has more than 20 novels to his name. Moore’s Noir novels are the perfect complement to Coles paintings. In the words of the National Post, Moore is known for the way he captures the “bewitching spirit and rice-cooker passions of Southeast Asia”. Both artists are core members of the Bangkok Noir movement.


www.liamsgallery.com
Liam's Gallery
352/107 Soi 4 Pratamnak Road Moo 12
Nong Prue Banglamung, Pattaya 20150
Tel. +66 038 306172 Email:
contact.liamsgallery@gmail.com

Posted: 12/1/2009 4:10:33 AM 

 

 

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