Make Chiangmai Mail | your Homepage | Bookmark

Chiangmai 's First English Language Newspaper

Pattaya Blatt | Pattaya Mail | Pattaya Mail TV

Update November 2015

Arts - Entertainment
Book Review
Classical Connections
Animal Welfare
Care for Dogs
Community Happenings
Doctor's Consultation
Dining Out & Recipes
Heart to Heart
Health & Wellbeing
Life at 33 1/3
Money Matters
Travel & Tourism
Daily Horoscope
About Us
Advertising Rates
Current Movies in
Chiangmai's Cinemas
Back Issues
Find out your Romantic Horoscope Now - Click Here!
Update by Natrakorn Paewsoongnern
Book Review

Update November 22, 2015

King ponders death in new 21-story ‘Bazaar of Bad Dreams’

Rob Merrill
Stephen King has always addressed his “Constant Readers” in prefaces or afterwords to his books. He likes to share what inspired him or what he was thinking about when he wrote it.
But with the release of “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams,” King takes it to another level. Each of the 21 works of fiction in the collection features at least a paragraph, sometimes a few pages, from the author introducing it or sharing some detail to enhance reader appreciation. Or as he writes in an invocation to his “bazaar”: “Everything you see is handcrafted, and while I love each and every item, I’m happy to sell them because I made them especially for you. Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.”
The most toothsome of the bunch are “Morality,” an exploration of how far someone will go for a payday, and the longest of the lot, a 60-page tale called “Ur” that mocks today’s Kindle culture and contains more than a few veiled references to King’s beloved Dark Tower mythology.
This being King, there’s lots of death in these pages. And while there’s a smattering of the supernatural — an abandoned car on the Maine turnpike whose grill does more than catch bugs — there are also quite a few mediations on mortality. “Afterlife” tells the story of a man who dies from colon cancer and gets to keep living the same life; “Obits” mocks the TMZ-ification of media, featuring a columnist who can kill people by writing their obituaries in advance; and “Under the Weather” tells the story of an adman who can convince anyone of anything, including that his wife is just like the title says.
King fans will find a few clunkers here as well, according to their taste. I personally didn’t care for the two bits of poetry in the collection. King acknowledges in one of his intros that he’s a born novelist and that even short stories are a challenging discipline for him, so why bother sharing a few scraps of verse?
All in all, though, it’s a meaty collection with interesting insights into the creative process of a writer who caused many sleepless nights. Well worth keeping on your bedside table for those evenings when, as King puts it: “... sleep is slow to come and you wonder why the closet door is open, when you know perfectly well that you shut it.”(AP)

Update March 7, 2015

Barrymore’s not-a-memoir ‘Wildflower’ is fun read

Mike Householder
Countless celebrities have penned autobiographies. Not a lot are like Drew Barrymore’s.
And that’s a good thing.
“Wildflower” bounces around chronologically and thematically and generally refuses to bend to the rules of conventional memoir writing.
“If it feels personal for you, then I am so happy, because it was personal for me,” Barrymore writes in the not-a-memoir’s preface. “I didn’t write it in any particular format.”
The lack of a traditional structure works, though, because the end result for the reader is an illuminating and entertaining look back at the famously free-spirited actress’ 40 years on Earth.
Free of — pardon the pun — flowery writing, the book is as down-to-earth as the author herself appears. It is also self-deprecating, with references to Barrymore’s “klutziness” and her “valley girl” cadence.
Barrymore makes sure to touch on moments that are well-known to the masses, including her role in the classic film “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” exhibitionist appearance on David Letterman’s late-night talk show and three big-screen collaborations with comedian Adam Sandler.
The owner of one of the most famous surnames in Hollywood, Barrymore — the granddaughter of famed stage and film actor John Barrymore and the grandniece of renowned thespians Lionel and Ethel Barrymore — has been a working actor for much of her life.
A life that has had more than a few ups and downs. “I just grew up too fast,” she writes.
Written a quarter-century after the release of Barrymore’s “Little Girl Lost,” which chronicled her turbulent early years, “Wildflower” is the work of a mother of two young girls who has a much different perspective on the world.
“Wildflower” is at its most engrossing when the author delves into her relationships with those who have impacted her life, including her barely there parents and supportive in-laws and friends, including “E.T.” director Steven Spielberg, who Barrymore writes “took me in, a girl who needed a father, and it meant the world to me.”
From wild-child headline-generator to entrepreneur, filmmaker and philanthropist, Barrymore’s roller-coaster existence is slowing down these days.
Just long enough, anyway, for her to pen an engaging examination of her past. The little girl who once was lost clearly has been found. (AP)

Update November 7, 2015

Superb new biography of the King of Pop

Ann Levin
Steve Knopper begins his superb biography of Michael Jackson with an anecdote about a protest against school integration in Jackson’s hometown of Gary, Indiana, in 1927, more than three decades before the singer was born.
Then he fast-forwards to 1995, when the self-proclaimed King of Pop is arguing with film director Rupert Wainwright about whether to use a giant statue of himself in the video for “HIStory.” Wainwright thinks it’s a little grandiose; Jackson doesn’t agree.
“It had been 30 years since Michael had been the kid from the segregated Gary neighborhood who’d barely seen Chicago, much less the rest of the world,” writes Knopper. “He’d spent his first five or six years on the planet with nothing but walls and boundaries, and by 1995 he wanted no limits at all. He refused to let race, gender, musical styles, family, even his own facial structure constrict him. Every time somebody tried to define him, he literally shifted his shape.”
Knopper, a contributing editor to Rolling Stone, interviewed hundreds of people to write this fascinating, fair-minded account of Jackson’s dazzling rise to the pinnacle of pop music and his ignominious fall. We learn the backstory of the moonwalk, the military jackets, white socks, glove, plastic surgery, skin whitening and more, all of it scrupulously documented with multiple sources. And while it’s evident from the title, “MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson,” that Knopper is a fan, he neither mythologizes nor sensationalizes Jackson’s indisputably weird life.
The by-now familiar story begins when Jackson, a prodigy at age 6, starts performing with his older brothers as the Jackson 5 under the tyrannical supervision of their father. Then comes the big break with Motown, Michael’s transition to solo artist, the collaboration with producer Quincy Jones that led to the transformative albums “Off the Wall” and “Thriller,” and the last sad decade of his life, when he was addicted to drugs, burning through his vast fortune and fighting off multiple allegations of child sex abuse.
The emotional climax of the book may well be Knopper’s expertly written description of the making of 1982’s “Thriller,” an album designed to appeal to everyone — hip young kids looking to dance, their ballad-loving parents and even long-haired teenage boys, lured by rocker Eddie Van Halen’s electrifying guitar solo on “Beat It.”
“He broke the boundaries,” the Black Eyed Peas’ says of Jackson. “There wouldn’t be an Obama if it wasn’t for the Jackson 5.”

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

King ponders death in new 21-story ‘Bazaar of Bad Dreams’

Barrymore’s not-a-memoir ‘Wildflower’ is fun read

Superb new biography of the King of Pop



Chiangmai Mail Publishing Co. Ltd.
189/22 Moo 5, T. Sansai Noi, A. Sansai, Chiang Mai 50210
Tel. 053 852 557, Fax. 053 014 195
Editor: 087 184 8508
E-mail: [email protected]
Administration: [email protected]
Website & Newsletter Advertising: [email protected]

Copyright © 2004 Chiangmai Mail. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.