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William Gibson

Author and occasional experimental sound artist, William L. Gibson is currently based in Jakarta. His novel Singapore Black is published by Monsoon Books. Learn more at www.williamlgibson.com.


Features

Monday, February 24 2014

The Blackened Eyes of the Movie Men With No Name

Akira Kurosawa’s samurai, Stuart Heisler’s gangster, Sergio Leone’s cowboy, and George Miller’s misfit suffer a similar black eye, but with dramatically different effect.


Columns

Sunday, April 12 2015

Death in the Land of Smiles

A recent biopic about the last executioner in Thailand explores the extremes between killing and redemption.


Monday, February 16 2015

Clove Cigarettes and Indonesian Books: An Armchair Traveler's Pleasure

The Modern Library of Indonesia series offers unparalleled access to the cultural landscape of the world's fourth most populous country.


Tuesday, November 25 2014

The Noir Traveler Returns: The Evolving Sound of Alvarius B.

The Invisible Hands have given us a glimpse of Alvarius B.'s (Alan Bishop) view of the world from the center of Cairo. It's not a happy perspective, but there's a hint of hope.


Sunday, October 5 2014

'Longing for the Past': When the Voices of the Dead Finally Reach Us

While listening to "The Dance and Song of Laos" (1906) a haunting voice, both enticing and archaic, mingles with the crepitating noise of the antique shellac.


Tuesday, August 5 2014

Blast Shadows

The atomic bombing of Hiroshima forever altered popular culture, and the earliest traces of that tectonic shift can be found in an obscure government report and newsreel about the event.


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