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Latest Opium Traces article, interview with Laurent Jeanneau

Check out my latest article Opium Traces article on PopMatters, an interview with Laurent Jeanneau about his field recordings in upland Southeast Asia, the disappearing  ethnic groups of Zomia, and his latest album release of field music from Laos on the Akuphone Label.

Link here. And thanks Laurent for the awesome picture!

Took a break from PopMatters to spend a year working on my biography of Alfred Raquez, which is nearly done. Keep tuned for more updates about that!

 

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New Opium Traces Interview with Indonesian Author Eliza Vitri Handayani

Check out the latest Opium Traces article at PopMatters.com, 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.

https://www.popmatters.com/eliza-vitri-handayani-author-interview-2531243069.html

 

 

Alvarius B interview on PopMatters

My interview with old pal Alan Bishop aka Alvarius B is now online at PopMatters…

https://www.popmatters.com/heathen-folklore-an-interview-with-alvarius-b-2495376493.html

Alan’s got a massive new 35 song release and from what I heard on the advance it’s his most engaging and ambitious solo work to date.

Check out the interview then buy the album and feel the power of having a beaker on the burner and an otter in the oven!

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/

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/

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