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Mekong Shadows reviewed in The Nation

Great write-up by Paul Dorsey in today’s Nation newspaper for the Mekong Shadows anthology with praise for The Cambodian Book of the Dead. The anthology’s best episode, hands down, is actually a long excerpt from “The Cambodian Book of the Dead”, a taut and disturbing novel by Tom Vater (“Sacred Skin – Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos”). […]

Sacred Skin reviewed in The Nation

My new book, Sacred Skin, the first illustrated book on Thailand’s sacred tattoos, Sak Yant, is reviewed by Paul Dorsey in The Nation. “…remarkable photographs…” Read the full review here…

The Most Secret Place on Earth (The CIA Covert War in Laos) reviewed by Allen Myers

Here’s a 2008 review of The Most Secret Place on Earth (The CIA Covert War in Laos) by Allan Myers in Direct Action. Here’s a non-trivial question for trivia night organisers: In the late 1960s, what was the world’s busiest airport? Stumped? Here’s a hint: What was the most bombed country, per capita, in the […]

Secrets from the Plain of Jars – Jim Pollard on the The Most Secret Place on Earth in The Nation

Veteran Bangkok journalist Jim Pollard reviews The Most Secret Place on Earth – The CIA´s Covert War in Laos in The Nation newspaper, following the film´s second screening at the Foreign Corespondents Club in Bangkok in November. In his review he lauds the film as one of the best documentaries in recent years and remarks […]

Life, Death and Game Shows in Bangkok

My friend’s wife Puk just gave birth to her second child, a son. His name is Duncan. Duncan was born in Vajira Hospital, the same clinic major general ‘Sae Daeng’ Khattiya, one of the most divisive figures in Thailand’s political crisis, now lies in, after being shot in the head by a sniper two days […]