Cover image for Laotian Pages translation by NIAS

Our excellent friend the superb Indonesian artist Sheila has completed the image for the cover of our upcoming translation of Alfred Raquez’s book of travel through Laos in 1900, Pages Laotiennes, to be published this year in a two volume set by NIAS Press as Laotian Pages.

The image uses Raquez’s postcard of Sao Si, one of the Laotian performers he brought to Marseille for the 1906 Colonial Exposition.

The building is based on the library at Wat Si Saket in Vientiane, which also was the model for the Laos Pavilion in Marseille in 1906 (see below).

The pattern on the woman’s sinh (the scarf) is based on a traditional textile pattern from Laos.

Amazing job, thank you Sheila!


Hard-boiled Malaya books at WHSmiths

In two countries!

Here’s Singapore Black at Terminal 3, Soekarna-Hatta airport in Jakarta…on the shelf next to…izat a Harry fricking Potter book? If I sold a tenth of what Rowling sells I’d still be satisfied.

And here is Singapore Red on the shelf at Terminal 3, Changi in Singapore, with other swell books from Monsoon Books.

To buy my awesome trilogy of hard-boiled detective novels set in 1890s Malaya, check out the website of Monsoon Books…


New Opium Traces Interview with Indonesian Author Eliza Vitri Handayani

Check out the latest Opium Traces article at, my interview with Indonesian novelist Eliza Vitri Handayani…this is the first in a series of interviews with up-and-coming authors in Southeast Asia.




Interview with WLG and PB redux

Awhile back, the website China Underground interviewed Paul and myself about our translation of In the Land of Pagodas (find it here:

Now the good folks at China Undergound have included that interview in their new digital magazine, which can be downloaded here:

Get it, dig it, feel it…then buy the book!



Jakarta on two wheels

Let’s face it, my commute kicks the shit out of your commute. Here’s a couple of videos from my daily ride shot on my new GoPro Hero5 Session, one from my bicycle and the other from my Honda scooter. Each one is in real time.

Other than walking, the best way to see the city is on two wheels so I’ll keep posting videos to my youtube channel as I make them.

Meanwhile, enjoy these two rides. About 20 minutes each, which is the same length as a “half-hour” American sitcom, only my videos are a thousand times more interesting than anything on TV and two-thousand times more interesting than 97% of all other videos on Youtube.



Pink Pills

For malaise in women of a certain age…

(from 1901 French newspaper advert)


Singapore Black at Singapore Botanic Gardens

Spotted on the shelf at the gift shop at the Singapore Botanic Gardens (of all places)…some noir with your orchids…


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