William L. Gibson is a writer, researcher, and sound artist based in Southeast Asia.. He holds a PhD from the University of Leeds. His current research interest is the life and work of Alfred Raquez. Laotian Pages, a scholarly translation with Paul Bruthiaux of Raquez's travels through Laos in 1900, is forthcoming from NIAS Press. William's trilogy of hard-boiled crime novels set in 1890s Malaya is published by Monsoon Books. Albums from his experimental sound project Third World Skull Candy are available on BitPulse Records. www.williamlgibson.com
"We were taught what we should aspire to: excelling in math and the sciences were all good because those things have almost nothing to do with politics, but if you had artistic aspirations, if you had the need to examine life…"
Novelist and poet Catherine Lim, the most persistent critic of Singapore's government, talks candidly about her new memoir, the half-century anniversary of the city-state, and the death of founder Lee Kuan Yew.