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Blog Archive March 2011

ABOLITION OF FACE IN THAILAND

As a special report to you, though, I wanted to be the first to break the latest news. New legislation has been drafted and is ready to be sent to Parliament concerning ‘face.’

 

The proposed legislation to abolish the notion of ‘face’ will be announced before dissolution of the House and fresh elections. Penalties for anyone asserting, claiming, or suing for loss of face include five years imprisonment, confiscation of property, and fines up to Baht 10,000.00 (per offence).

Khun Chaiwong, chairman of the Face sub-committee has reported, that by removing ‘face’ from the social, economic, and political sphere, all of the problems of the past five years will be resolved. He says the deep division in Thai society all goes back to the concept of face. His face, your face, her face and on and on until someone’s face is smashed, lost, damaged, dented, makeup smeared and the like.

“It can get very ugly,” said Khun Chaiwong, glancing at his Rolex. The government whips have been reporting tentative support, though amendments to exclude elected MPs (government MPs that is) have been rumored.

"No face will ever be lost again"—the campaign slogan you will hear everywhere come May. The opposition is expected to reply with "the government that has stolen your children’s face doesn’t deserve your vote."*


*Happy April Fool's Day.

Posted: 3/31/2011 10:51:49 PM 

 

INSIDE—OUTSIDE: Perspectives on appearance and function in Thai society

There is a struggle between our sense of beauty and function. The way we draw judgments, make decisions, and assign value correlates to how we balance the relative importance of the inside of ‘something’ whether a building, a car, a book, a person, an animal and so on. Criminals also make an evaluation based on the outside and inside.
 
The amateur criminal who breaks into houses chooses the target from the ‘outside’ or the appearance. On the assumption that a house that looks rich on the outside is bound to have goods worth stealing on the inside. The professional thief seeks to find out what is inside the house first. The professional is inside orientated. He’s not stealing the beauty exterior; he’s stealing something of value inside a structure that may or may not be a marvel of design.

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Posted: 3/31/2011 10:20:09 PM 

 

BANGKOK NOIR

Last Thursday 17th March, we launched an anthology titled: Bangkok Noir. Six of the twelve authors were able to attend the launch at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand. We had a full house to an enthusiastic audience of expats and Thais. As the editor of Bangkok Noir, I had some comments about the ‘noir’ movement worldwide.

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

Posted: 3/25/2011 12:18:08 AM 

 

Official Book Launch: Bangkok Noir



On Thursday 17th March Bangkok Noir was launched at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand to a full house. Six authors attended and spoke about the nature of noir and their experience of writing in Bangkok. The writers attending were: John Burdett, General Vasit Dejkunjorn, Tew Bunnag, Christopher G. Moore, Collin Piprell and Dean Barrett. Colin Cotterill sent along a 'clone' who was exposed early on in the proceedings.

The photo is courtesy of Voicu Mihnea Simandan, a writer who lives in Bangkok.

Also Detectives Beyond Borders has pointed the media limelight gun in our direction:
http://detectivesbeyondborders.blogspot.com/2011/03/from-city-of-angels-bangkok-noir.html Thank you, Peter.

Our next event is an author's signing of Bangkok Noir at Kinokuniya, Siam Paragon Branch (3rd Floor) on Saturday 2nd April 2011 from 15.00-18.00hr.

Posted: 3/21/2011 6:25:58 AM 

 

NOIR LAWYERS AND JUDGES

The new breed of crime writers

Anyone who has been to law school knows the dirty little secret of what is on offer. Three years of studying thousands of short-stories, hardboiled domestic dramas, murders, corporate fraud, corrupt cops and politicians, greedy heirs, disloyal partners, wives, siblings, beatings, traps, smacks alongside the head, crashes and smashup and that is just the first year.

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

Posted: 3/17/2011 10:32:42 PM 

 

MINDFULNESS AND MURDER: The Novel and Film

Fellow author Nick Wilgus has some great news to share. A feature film based on his novel about a monk, Father Ananda, who is a sleuth/investigator and former cop, is about to be released in Thailand.

The upcoming Thai film MINDFULNESS AND MURDER, based on Nick’s book, looks from the trailer to be a winner.

Here is a link to the official trailer:

Mindfulness and Murder is a novel in the Father Ananda Mystery series. In the same series you can find The Garden of Hell and Killer Karma. This is a great series and deserves a wider readership. If you haven’t discovered Nick’s books, you are in for a pleasant surprise and good read.

Posted: 3/15/2011 5:31:05 AM 

 

Colin Cotterill and Eric Stone came to sign copies of Bangkok Noir



On Tuesday 15 March Colin Cotterill and Eric Stone came to the offices of Heaven Lake Press to sign copies of Bangkok Noir. After an emergency hospital visit for writer's cramp, the two authors were put on IVs with a Singha drip attached. Though Colin demanded only water. Eric returns to Los Angeles on Thursday so can't attend the launch at the FCCT at 8.00 p.m. And Colin is off to China to speak before an audience of millions who have gathered to learn more about his Dr. Siri character.



Posted: 3/15/2011 5:25:03 AM 

 

CRIME AND CLASS

It’s all in the fine print

Like most economic activities in life the opportunity available is often linked with class. This is true in legal transactions. The acquisition and merger deals aren’t being conducted by people living in walkup projects in the Bronx or those living in the middle-class ‘burbs. Big deals are reserved for the big boys.

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Posted: 3/10/2011 10:00:53 PM 

 

Spirit House Film News

Good news on the film front. On 8th March, Variety ran an article about FilmNation and the newly appointed COO who has given full support to the production of Spirit House as a feature film. Things are looking positive for the film going forward.

Link:
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118033589...

Posted: 3/9/2011 5:38:59 AM 

 

Baby 101

Two emotions that underpin a great deal of crime are a heady brew of greed stirred with desperation. Occasionally you come across a crime in which greed and desperation also are shared by the perpetrator and the victim. In this situation, it is difficult to know who is the ‘real’ criminal and who is the ‘cutout’ who will take the wrap.

Baby 101 is a university course worth of tangled psychological, economic, moral and political knots. Let’s have a look at the real-life case study in Thailand as the centerpiece of Baby 101.


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Posted: 3/3/2011 8:24:37 PM 

 

 

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