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Apocalypse, American Style New Opium Traces article

My latest Opium Traces article on PopMatters offers a meditation on Francis Ford Coppola’s inconic film Apocalypse Now

This is the second in a two-part series on depictions of the American War in Vietnam.

Check it out here … then thank me later!

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New Opium Traces…Quiet American

My latest Opium Traces article is now online over at PopMatters…it’s the first of a two-part look at pop representations of the American War in Vietnam.

First up, Graham Greene’s novel The Quiet American and the two film adaptations…

Dig it here: http://www.popmatters.com/column/how-the-quiet-american-continues-to-colonize-vietnam/

Saint Jack in Playboy 1978

Not long ago I wrote about the excellent film Saint Jack, shot on location in Singapore in the late 1970s, for my Opium Traces column at PopMatters.com. You can read that here.

One of the sources for my work is Ben Slater’s 2006 book on the film (link in the article), and one of Slater’s sources is an article about the film in the December 1978 issue of Playboy magazine. The article features some racy pictures (pretty but tame by today’s standards, but NSFW even still) as well as a long interview with the director Peter Bogdanovich…because, you know, people read Playboy for the interviews…

Out of the goodness of my heart, I’ve bought the issue and scanned the article and posted it here…click to enlarge and enjoy!

 

 

Flowers of Shanghai – New Opium Traces column at PopMatters

Hey hey hey just in time to be timely, my latest Opium Traces column has been posted on PopMatters…a meditation on Han Bang Qing’s 1890s novel The Sing-song Girls of Shanghai and Hou Hsiao Hsien’s 1998 film adpation Flowers of Shanghai.

Check out the full article here: http://www.popmatters.com/column/life-in-the-interzone-in-old-shanghai/

New Opium Traces article Living Dangerously

Here’s my latest Opium Traces article, a meditation on the book and film The Year of Living Dangerously, set in Indonesia on the eve of the 1965 coup.

Check it out along with all the other great material on popmatters and support independent media by sharing with your like-minded friends.

http://www.popmatters.com/column/still-living-dangerously-after-all-these-years/

 

new Opium Traces feature

My latest Opium Traces feature column is now available at popmatters.com. It’s a take-down of the latest John Burdett novel The Bangkok Asset  which misses the mark so widely that it may signal the end of the once incrediable Jitpleecheep detective series.

Check it out here: http://www.popmatters.com/column/robot-zombies-of-angkor-wat-john-burdett-bankkok-asset/

New Opium Traces article on popmatters…Saint Jack!

After a hiatus to work on the upcoming NIAS Press release of Alfred Raquez’s In the Land of Pagodas, I’m once again writing the Opium Traces feature column for popmatters.com.

The return…a meditation on Saint Jack, the book and film that captured Singapore in the swinging 1960s…

Check it out now!

http://www.popmatters.com/column/the-absolution-of-saint-jack-in-a-world-lacking-irony/

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