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YimSiam last won the day on November 19 2019

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  1. I thought Flashermac had earned a bye on visa requirements long ago! I guess the law does applying equally to all, if even the good professor must earn his stamps...
  2. Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy Thought I would take a turn towards some "serious fiction" and this is indeed that, but I was left cold - bleak, puzzling, violent, hopeless tale. Prose style is a thing of marvel in its way, and the breadth of McCarthy's vocab had me checking words about every other page, but overall I did not see the point of this story of scalping, murder, rape and pillage - I think its probably sacrilege to doubt the great masters (you will never hear me wonder what the hell Bob Dylan was thinking about anything he's done; I know it's always just a question of me coming around to appreciate the latest from him), but I will not be coming back to Cormac for a while - I need a little more cynical joy and uplift from a novel, however bleak the world.
  3. Gruff war vet living alone? Sounds like... John Rambo! Better hope he doesn't run into an asshole local sheriff with a thing against vets... RIP Dennehy.
  4. A country girl's best friend til her first Hitachi wand...
  5. The Power and the Glory - Graham Greene This was a good one - Greene is eminently readable, great prose and thoughtful issues in play, and a plot that somehow rolls out fairly plausible in its way, about a period and context I wasn't aware of: the persecution of Catholic priests in Mexico's Tabasco state in the first half of the last century. Protagonist is a 'whisky priest' on the run from the law and his own conscience, as he makes his way he encounters a handful of memorable characters and struggles with his situation as a drunk, a father (small 'f' and big 'F') and ethical dilemmas... (Sorry to those reviewed just above, where I've been perhaps less than charitable - it's tough to get a passing grade when you're juxtaposed against Graham Greene during the same weekend read-a-thon... the bar is set high!)
  6. Five Crazy Years - Memoirs of a Go-Go Bar Owner - Gordin Another title and premise with promise, an American retiree dives into the go-go bar management business in Patpong during the last decade. Some basic observations on Thai culture and the biz, and friendly and seemingly candid description of what it is like to do what so many of us must - for at least a moment, come on - have considered at some point, and so for that I'm thankful the gentleman made the effort. It's brief though, and seems to avoid tangling with some of the thorny issues that must come up (and includes an odd set of references to Wild West US history, which don't really work). Kudos to the author for the courage to take that crazy step, and for sharing his experiences, even if it is not yet The Great Authoritative Thailand Bar-Owner Memoir that I'm waiting for.
  7. Uncanny Valley - Anna Weiner Pitched I suppose as something of an expose of the San Francisco tech startup life, but doesn't really get past any of the usual milestones we are already familiar with: tech bros are shallow, the money of the life can be beguiling, tech has changed the city and our world, the snack bar is awesome, maybe it's kind of unethical and all the revolution talk might just be playing into the hands of the existing powers that be by providing new tools for control and repression... or something like that. She's a good writer, prose is perfectly alright, but I felt like it never got out of second gear.
  8. Crazy Medicine - Matt Carell A little novella set in Thailand of course about some bar girls and a dealer and a foreigner girl who wants to make a film about the yaba trade. Apparently it was turned into a short film by the other and his colleagues. Too superficial and brief to really get past the basics - the bar life is more complicated than some make it seem, drugs are bad, don't mess with bargirls or the Thai authorities. Plot is a bit ludicrous as well - better to just stick with the John Burdett stuff and Private Dancer, I think.
  9. Just kiddin' around. Spoil away! πŸ™‚ YimSiam
  10. I've often felt Mr. Fiery Jack was due for some international recognition, perhaps a Pulitzer (sure there is a relevant category), an Interpol notice, maybe even a textbox in the latest edition of the Lonely Planet, as living history of the Nana Hotel or some such. I'm not sure that his employ of a broad range of emojis will age as well as Mr William Shakespeare's reliance on iambic pentameter, but the two men are certainly in the same neighborhood when it comes to capturing the vicissitudes of this human life we share. More recognition of a poster than any particular post, yet nonetheless - my hat-tip and thanks to Mr. Jack! YimSiam πŸ™‚
  11. Ah, the good old days - when every sign-in to the board resulted in the broadening of my mind or the gleaning of some new kernel of knowledge... YimSiam
  12. Clubland, by Frank Owen - the story of the mid-late nineties New York club kid and party scene, centering on the extensive effort to indict and convict Limelight and Tunnel owner Peter Gatien on drug-dealing charges, and the high profile killing of a club drug dealer by the public face of the club scene, Michael Alig. Took me back to some unhealthy but still often fun days back in New York on the tail end of that scene - there was a lot of crap going on, but at the core, dancing to the music was a good time... and that's what I'll try to remember. YimSiam
  13. I talk big and enthusiastic, but I'm a year sober day-after-tomorrow (god willing...). So yeah, I get what you mean. Drinking my way through the past six weeks would have been a disaster, no doubt. But still... I get a chill of recognition, a little joy in hearing that the fridge doors are back open, somewhere...
  14. PASSENGERS With the girl from those teen Hunger Games movies and a Chris Pratt, this sci-fi action flick lands with a deadening thud. Looks expensive, and she must cost big bucks to get in an action flick, but this movie sucks - no chemistry to speak of, and while the plot premise is kind of cool, the developments are just stupid and poorly executed. Couldn't bear to watch it straight through, but it's been popping up repeatedly on MBC whenever I turn on the TV, and I think I've seen enough of it to speak authoritatively at this point... YimSiamπŸ™‚
  15. I think the kids these days would suggest that one deserves a 'spoiler alert' at the beginning, zzzz. πŸ™‚ YimSiam
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