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  1. This is strictly my opinion (but there's plenty of rather obvious evidence to back it up): The most creative minds today are not in music/film. They're in tech. Music and Film in pop culture is now being managed by accountants and marketing. There aint't no real 'rebellion' or social turmoil like you saw in the 60s/70s. Or the raw new innovation of the 50s. The stuff being put out now has a much more derivative nature (but better effects). Nobody is going to look at the last 10 years and call it a great decade of pop art. Unless maybe video games. Hopefully that will change.
  2. Many thanks. That worked. A lot of material covered going back to '96, the first piece I read had bullet points at the bottom of the article with updates from around town and the nightlife areas. One of them said: "A few tattoo parlours have opened, females getting them as well as men." haha.
  3. Looked for it, the CHEAPEST copy I could find was $60USD for used. I guess it now has rare status. Too bad, from your description it would be a very interesting read. I wish there was an archive of the OLD Trink pieces. Looking at my bookshelf I just realized I have a small T360 corner. All of these were purchased based on recommendations or input from ppl here.
  4. Just FYI for future reference. It took me a few minutes to figure out what's going on here. This is something for everyone (at least I wasn't aware of this prior). If you embed a video make sure you're not linking a youtube playlist. Unless you want to show a mystery video that will change as the playlist does.
  5. Trust me SJ, this wasn't tourist stuff. Ping works alone on commission and spends weeks/months on a single piece. The day were were there he spent his time molding clay in that first piece for just a corner. I don't understand the whole process, but the patience and skill involved left a distinct impression. I almost felt embarrassed to be there. The bar combing tourist who in reality hasn't even scratched the surface of the life going on around me. I am, and was, a poser. Working on that. Take care.
  6. Time to get back to the basics. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUntPFyL178
  7. So the lady who cuts my hair in LA is from Bangkok. I ferry over stuff for the family on every trip. Her brother worked in a factory for the vast majority of his life and sculpted on the side. One day he sold a piece. Two months later he quit his job (in his 50s) and has subsisted on his artwork ever since. He originally studied under a guy named Ping who lives in Nonthaburi. Ping does work for temples from Chiang Mai to BKK. One day we spent at Ping's workshop. It was on that day I knew that next time I came to Thailand, it wouldn't be on a 3 week tourist stint. Fuck no thank you very much.
  8. All the expat political shit I know nothing about (other than factions here get interesting at times). And I think people could come up with legitimate criticisms of stickman that I would respect, like Wendella's comments above on promoting a quasi-charlatan without questioning his credentials or claims. And the website is awful. Pure, horrific, awful. I used to NOT read stickman on that principle alone. I fucking absolutely detest his homepage. Not kidding. At all. That said, I've come to really like reading his commentary. Never met the guy but I definitely DO respect the body of work he's created. On the flip side of that, have also dug up some old Galt stuff to give him the benefit of the doubt and was left with one conclusion only: "Please dear god, don't EVER let me become like that. Castrate my sorry ass first. Anything but that."
  9. Have you ever tried the audio links - it's freaking weird, like traffic noise with some zombie woman saying random words in a low tone every 5 or 6 seconds. I wasn't sure what to write, eg, 'ambient noise - popcorn - traffic noise - steeple.' Bah. Anyway, try and register a new logon here. Or gmail. They're all getting very difficult, not just TV. Hopefully this isn't a case of a pissed off BM being passive-aggressive with the whole register at TV thing (eg, fuck it, i'm going over to ThaiVisa). If that's the case you'd be missed GD.
  10. Ahh, I stand corrected. The book should arrive any day now. You found the time magazine piece and I was a bit off. Interesting that the book was written by a woman (didn't fully pay attention to that either, just glanced at the piece - wouldn't weigh on my decision to buy, but it is worth noting). "But Trink's view of prostitutes changed, Bliss writes, from sex objects, to victims of society, to women who have chosen an easy but hazardous way to earn an above-average income. In one excerpt cited in the book, Trink describes the women as meretricious, avaricious, mendacious and bone lazy. Never give your heart to a demimondaine: she'll chew it up and spit it out. Nonetheless, Bliss argues that Trink is no misogynist."
  11. I always see references to "Trink" here, but I have no idea who the guy is - and it's a challenge to find his old stuff via web searches. I actually just ordered an out of print book on Trink that I found on Amazon, had to buy it used. There's nary a review of it to be found anywhere except for one in Time magazine. I can't remember it verbatim, but the magazine summarized Trinks perception of Bargirls as originally he saw them as victims of society, then something like predators, but the final analysis was that it was women from a range of backgrounds that made a choice to work night life because it was a simple, quick, effective way to make money. If it was legal in the states you can bet a lot more women would also make that choice (see Heidi Fleiss and her friends, all middle/upper class - did it for the money).
  12. btw - I lied earlier MM. Going to hijack your thread for a wee bit. Just a wee bit. Dreadfully sorry. First 3 songs I learned to actually play on the drum kit were Judas Priest 'living after midnight,' ACDC 'you shook me all night long'- and... this one. Those were the days of wine and roses. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF4MvVgmHSI
  13. All the stories WERE good, but 'doing time' packed a wallop. Author is quite good. Set it up like yet another cliched tale and then... whoa. Better than the vast majority of published short stories I've seen in Expat books. All of em were well done.
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