All posts by Christopher G. Moore

Posted On September 21, 2013By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Christopher G. Moore lenkt heute unseren Blick auf die spannende Frage, was man eigentlich mit delinquenten Greisen macht, die geriatrisch auffällig sind. Gleich erschießen ist so gesehen eine Option … In the Age When Old Men Are Shot In an AP wire report out of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, a hard of hearing 107-year-old man barricaded himself into a room with a weapon. The police dispatched a SWAT squad. One of the cops, Sgt. David DeFoor, who shot and killed centenarian Monroe Isadore, had been placed on administrative leave but notRead More

Posted On September 14, 2013By Christopher G. MooreIn Bücher, Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Christopher G. Moore diskutiert die Schnittstellen von Politik und Ästhetik, die für alle realitätsbearbeitende Literatur so wichtig ist anhand von Orwells berühmter Besprechung des Skandalromans jener Jahre: Henry Millers „Wendekreis des Krebses“. An Orwellian Look on Henry Miller George Orwell’s 1940 review of Tropic of Cancer is worth revisiting for several reasons. Not least of which is the critical lens that one novelist uses to examine, evaluate and analyze another novelist’s work. Reviews often reveal as much about the biases of the reviewer as they do with the book underRead More

Posted On August 31, 2013By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

… Diesmal beschäftigt sich Christopher G. Moore mit einem immer spanennden Thema – der Spieltheorie! The Prisoners Dilemma Psychology, economic, law and mathematics have interesting perspectives on the dynamics between two or more people who must decide to co-operate or betray the other person to minimize punishment. Here’s an example of how the Prisoners Dilemma works. Two suspects, Larry and Carl are arrested after a warehouse break in. The circumstantial evidence indicates they were the guilty party. Circumstantial evidence may be insufficient convict, and if both of the suspects co-operateRead More

Posted On August 24, 2013By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Was also haben Godot und Auftragsmörder miteinander zu tun? Und wer könnte auf die Idee kommen, das könnte tatsächlich so sein? Christopher G. Moore, unser Mann in Bangkok, klar: When Godot is an Assasin and You don’t have to wait The 2013 Thai Most Wanted Hitmen list has 100 names. The 2011 list had only 75 names. That’s a 25% productivity and employment increase in two years. If this were the economy, people would be in the streets celebrating. This list is not Thai companies on the stock exchange butRead More

Posted On August 17, 2013By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Vorbei im digitalen Zeitalter mit den gemütlichen Noir-Atmosphären? Nein, meint Christopher G. Moore, unser Mann in Bangkok – noir funktioniert auch futuristisch: Big Data Noir No noir story will match the ones told by Big Data. In the future, noir stories will emerge from Big Data only it won’t be fiction. Authors of crime fiction, noir, hardboiled, or otherwise, are like monks writing manuscripts before the printing press. Our end will be as noir as their end. Here’s the story of how that will come about. I’ve thought of writingRead More

Posted On Juni 29, 2013By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Die Rekonstruktion von Verbrechen kann für ihre Aufklärung wichtige Hinweise bringen, aber oft überwiegt das Spektakel und dann sind wir schon nahe an Shakespeare. Christopher G. Moore über eine bemerkenswerte Polizei-Praxis. Re-enactement of Crimes – Reality checks Theatre since the time of Greeks produced plays as a mirror to hold up to a society to see the reality of their existence. We are accustomed to the division of drama into the two different aspects of our lives—comedy and tragedy. We respond with laughter or tears as the emotional chords areRead More

Posted On Juni 22, 2013By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Where the Wild Things Are: Bangkok Bangkok this week has secured its reputation as the place (to borrow Maurice Sendak’s book title) Where the Wild Things Are. Wild things like in wild, feral animals are a good place to begin a Conrad-like journey into the heart of urban darkness. Noah, according the myth, collected a pair of each animal and loaded them onto an arc as he had advanced warning that a flood would wipe out life on the planet. This week a modern version of Noah was busted inRead More

Posted On Juni 15, 2013By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Christopher G. Moore über den coolen Schurken Mr. Carlo Konstantin Kohl aus Deutschland und wie er alle und jeden in Thailand und Australien lächerlich macht und damit zum Medienstar aufsteigt: Bangkok’s 300 Exits Some weeks provide an avalanche of events—enough to fill a book of essays. For example, a German national who’d finished serving a prison sentence in Australia for theft and drug law violations, escaped his private security guards at the Bangkok airport and had a two-day holiday in Bangkok before the police caught up with him. Carlo KonstantinRead More
Am 7. Juni vor 33 Jahren ist Henry Miller in Los Angeles gestorben. Christopher G. Moore hat die Memoiren des Fotografen Brassaï („Henry Miller: The Paris Years”) gelesen und blickt zurück auf Millers Frankreich-Aufenthalt, dessen stürmische Ehe mit June Edith Smith Mansfield seine und Beziehung zu Anaïs Nin. Re-imagining Henry Miller – In Bangkok and New York, Barney Rosset told me many stories about Henry Miller.  He’d published Miller and knew the author personally. My views about Henry Miller have been shaped by Barney’s recollections over the years. Richard Seavers alsoRead More

Posted On Mai 25, 2013By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Leselisten – nicht zu verwechseln mit Buchtipps – sind höchst subjektive Vorschläge, Leselisten können ganze Welten aufmachen und sagen viel über den Empfehlenden – hier eine von Christopher G. Moore. 16th Birthday Reading List Dear Hunter, Your mother, Susan, who is a long-time reader of my books, asked me to suggest a reading list for your 16th birthday. What books would I recommend for a 16-year-old? Every author and reader would suggest a different list of authors and titles. Choices such as these will be contentious. No list is ever complete.Read More

Posted On Mai 11, 2013By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumne

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Christopher G. Moore über junge Männer, Waffen und Testosteron, mit anderen Worten: I am Awesome Some criminals start out young as they embark on a life of crime. Many reasons can be found to explain why someone turned ‘bad’ and adopted the life of an outlaw. One of those reasons is financial. The criminal wants a certain life style that takes money. He has a choice—find a job, save up for the car, the condo, the holidays, to support his partner and dependents. Or if his plans are grand, thenRead More

Posted On April 27, 2013By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumne

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Der dritte und letzte Teil des von Christopher G. Moores „global crime“-Essay dreht sich um Zensur, ein tückisches Thema, weil es direkte und indirekte Zensur gibt. Dispatches from the frontline of Crime Fiction’s Extremistan – Part 3: Censorship What controls Extremistan authors, what keeps them off the grid is an effective system of censorship backed by punitive laws. Unless you’ve lived outside of North America or Western Europe, you won’t have experienced the ‘eye’ of authorities (and their true believers or paid for shills) monitoring all communications, including books forRead More

Posted On April 20, 2013By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumne

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Lesen Sie heute den zweiten Teil von Christopher G. Moores 3-teiliger Tour de Force durch die global-crime-Landschaft. Dispatches from the frontline of Crime Fiction’s Extremistan, Part 2 What is the limit of our knowledge about the library of crime fiction novels written, published and read each year inside Extremistan? There are no shortage of people claiming knowledge about a library that may not be Borges’ infinite library, but a library with shelves filled with books that are inaccessible to most readers. The point is we are having a debate whereRead More

Posted On April 6, 2013By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumne

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Christopher G. Moore beginnt einen dreiteiligen Essay über “global crime”-fiction: Dispatches from the frontline of Crime Fiction’s Extremistan: Part 1 This is the first of a three-part series about Crime Fiction’s Extremistan. A discussion has started at Detectives Beyond Borders about the future of crime fiction. The controversy started with an exchange at the South African blog Crime Beat with crime fiction reviewer Gunter Blank who views crime fiction in the USA, Sweden, Germany as having gone into a recycling phase where nothing but repetitive motifs and themes are appearing.Read More

Posted On März 30, 2013By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Manchmal ist es nützlich, einen lakonischen Reality-Check zu machen, um Literatur und Wirklichkeit sinnvoll sortieren zu können. Christopher G. Moore über einschlägige Fakten: The Rate of Murder You’ve decided to write that crime novel. The one book once released into the world will liberate you from the day job, put you on Charlie Rose, the NYT bestseller list, interviewed by the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, and stacks of invitations to the best parties in New York, London and Paris. You’ve heard that international settings are in vogueRead More

Posted On März 23, 2013By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumne

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Christopher G. Moore heute über den Gangster Parker, mit dem Donald E. Westlake als Richard Stark einen Typus geschaffen hat, der heute noch virulent ist – nur nennt man ihn nicht mehr Gangster, sondern CEO o. ä. Eine faszinierende Neuinterpretation einer klassischen Figur. Parker’s Absence of Fear Richard Stark a.k.a. Donald Westlake started a series only after his editor convinced him to change the ending of the first novel. In the original ending, Parker was killed. Apparently, so the story goes, Westlake’s editor changed literary history and crime fiction hasn’tRead More

Posted On März 16, 2013By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Seit einigen Wochen beschäftigt sich Christopher G. Moore mit Affekten und ihren gewalttätigen Folgen. Auch heute geht es um „anger & crime“. Anger and the medical solution As a crime fiction writer, anger is an emotion that figures into the emotions of the characters in a narrative where people are threatened, intimidated, disrespected, frustrated, or their worldview/belief system is attacked or challenged. Anger is on the A-list of negative emotions. If anger were an actor, he would never be out of work. Drama is basically what authors and film directorsRead More

Posted On März 9, 2013By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Christopher G. Moore über den Zusammenhang zwischen Wut und Verbrechen – in Thailand und überall auf der Welt … Anger fueled Crime I am trying to make sense of an impression that Thais are becoming angrier, and with more violent results than a quarter of a century ago. Stories in the news, from first hand observations and from friends can distort reality. What I have confidence in is the idea that levels of anger correlate with crime. Anger rarely brings out the best in us; quite the opposite, it isRead More

Posted On Februar 23, 2013By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumne

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Christopher G. Moore knüpft an sein Thema von letzter Woche an und überlegt, wie Angst heutzutage funktionalisiert wird, um inquisitionsartig Kontrolle über unsere Gesellschaften zu etablieren … Inside Galileo’s Fear Chamber Galileo has much to teach us about the nature of fear. He found out the capability for suppression and intimidation that an alternative worldview can be brought to bear on the messenger of such a possibility. Belief systems rest on a unified, consistent, and cohesive set of ideas. Galileo, the Wikileaks front man of his age, championed the theoryRead More

Posted On Februar 16, 2013By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Christopher G. Moore war in Melbourne und hat etwas über Angst gelernt – und wie man sie herstellt: Creating Fear Fear is one of the basic emotions that springs automatically from a threat. It can be a real threat or a symbolic threat. A lion charging at you is a real threat. The story about a lion charging creates a symbolic threat. Our heart races in both cases. Evolution has equipped us with a fear mechanism that is triggered in circumstances where the risk of our survival is at stake.Read More

Posted On Februar 2, 2013By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Ja, was schreibt man netten Fans vorne ins Buch? Schwierig, schwierig … Und dann kommt das besagte Werk antiquarisch wieder zum Autor zurück. Und was muss er lesen? Christopher gesteht ein paar Sünden: Author’s Dedications in Second Hand Books What does an author do when he sees a secondhand copy of his book in a bookstore? I have been thinking about this having recently seen a secondhand copy of The Wisdom of Beer As I can’t cover all second hand bookstores, I’d like any reader who finds a copy toRead More

Posted On Januar 26, 2013By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

… Schriftsteller und Macht – ein prekäres Verhältnis. Auf jeden Fall sollen Schriftsteller dem „Staat“ misstrauen und ihm auf die Finger sehen. Christopher G. Moore und ein paar Gleichgesinnte, darunter Schwergewichte wie Gary Phillips, haben sich zur Orwell Brigade zusammengetan, um genau das zu tun: kritisch zu beobachten! The State of Fear The first reaction to a threat or a possible threat is one of fear or anger. We are emotional by default and once our feeling and intuitions are engaged, our so-called rational mind’s duty is to justify theRead More

Posted On Januar 19, 2013By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Musen sind ein schönes, antikes Konzept. Kein Mensch traut sich heute, von seiner Muse zu sprechen. Warum eigentlich? Ein Bekenntnis von Christopher G. Moore. Author’s Muse Everyone author has a muse. Along with painters, composers, dancers, and other performing artists. The muse has a long tradition. The Greeks had many gods and goddesses, but the one writers and artist are most fond of is called the Muse. An artist might be an atheist when it comes to God and religion but the Muse makes the most logical and skeptical ofRead More

Posted On Januar 12, 2013By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Nichts ist kurzsichtiger und irreführender als „Genregeschichte“, die so tut, als ob sie rein genre-intern bleiben könnte. Christopher G. Moore zeigt anhand des vielgeschundenen Begriffs „noir“, wie man Literaturgeschichte auch und notfalls viel sinnvoller sortieren könnte: Orwell, Koestler and the Noir Brigade International Crime Authors Reality Check is written by a group of professional authors who measure their literary work with an authenticity ruler. As 2012 winds down, I’d like to look at the tradition of two authors: George Orwell and Arthur Koestler who have had influence on my ownRead More

Posted On Dezember 22, 2012By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Zum Jahresabschluss gibt’s mit Christopher G. Moore was zum Lachen, über die in der realen Kriminalstatistik leider öfters als in Kriminalromanen – ja, die Ausnahmen von George V. Higgings bis Carl Hiaasen sind großartig – vorkommenden strunzdummen, brotblöden und grenzdebilen Kriminellen – kurz: Dumb Criminals The murky world of criminal has its fair share of morons. In the noir world, criminals are aggressive, sinister, violent and unstable. In the real world there is are all kinds of people who aren’t good at their chosen occupation. Some people don’t have whatRead More

Posted On Dezember 8, 2012By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Realpolitik, Geschichte, Legenden, alte Gespenster und Mr. President – ein Kommentar zur Lage: Ghost Whisperes in Asia President Obama spent Sunday 18th November in Thailand, Monday 19th November (six hours) in Burma and Monday/Tuesday 19th and 20th in Cambodia. Along the way he bumped into the history of a region. Like a nine headed naga history raised its heads and spit fire from the caves of local politics, culture, and prejudices. You wouldn’t have seen the fire-eating dragons of history captured in the photographs taken along Obama’s three-day journey. Instead whatRead More