All posts by Christopher G. Moore

Posted On November 24, 2012By Christopher G. MooreIn Mitarbeiter

Christopher G. Moore

Christopher G. Moore, der sein Alter mit 83,5 Reisejahren angibt, war in seinem früheren Leben Juraprofessor, dann Theaterautor. Später wurde er, was er bis heute geblieben ist, Romancier. In Bangkok etablierte sich der gebürtige Kanadier, der in Oxford studiert hat, als »Kultautor«. Zunächst in Bangkok selbst, dann mit Hilfe des Internets im Global Village. Es war nur eine Frage der Zeit, bis Hollywood aufmerksam wurde und Calvino-Stoffe einkaufte. Wenn Christopher G. Moore gerade mal nicht in Bangkok ist, dann ist er sicher in Manila, Oxford, Berlin oder Los Angeles anzutreffen.Read More

Posted On November 17, 2012By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

In unserem kleinen Bond-Special hören wir hier die Stimme der Skepsis – Bond goes noir, das will Christopher G. Moore nicht so recht überzeugen. 007 and the Body Count I saw the new James Bond movie Skyfall this week. It was as though a Chuck Norris movie and Silence of the Lambs had been remixed with Daniel Craig playing Chuck Norris. Hector Hannibal morphed into villain Silva in Skyfall. Daniel Craig, in the tradition of 72-year-old Chuck Norris, went bare chest and killed more extras than appeared in the movieRead More

Posted On Oktober 20, 2012By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

James Bond darf es, Modesty Blaise darf es, Jack Reacher will es nicht, aber für Vincent Calvino wär’s doch eine schöne Möglichkeit – schick angezogen sein. Christopher G. Moore über Mode für seine Helden: Crime Fiction & Fashion As social creatures, in strict accordance with a primate nature, we can’t help but measure our rank and status. Writers are no different. The chatter about foreign rights, film options, foreign rights, audio rights, large print editions, paperback deals, best seller lists, sales figures, advances are just some of the many waysRead More

Posted On September 29, 2012By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Heute ein bisschen Handwerk – welches Autoren-Foto schreckt ab, welches hilft, ein Buch zu verkaufen? Über die Macht eines keinesfalls nebensächlichen Paratextes: What Author Photograph Sells a BOOK? I have some books coming out soon. Someone suggested I needed a new photograph for the place on the back cover where an author’s photo appears. I’d rather stick with photographs from an earlier day. But that is a mistake. We all age and the entertainment business (which books form a part) is biased toward youth. No one can get away fromRead More

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

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Privatdetektive gehören zum Grundbestand des Genres, obwohl sie längst ihre Dominanz gegen andere Typen von Hauptfiguren verloren haben. Aber die, die es noch gibt, sind ziemlich nützliche Kerlchen – man kann mit ihnen vieles machen: Literarisch und „erkenntnistheoretisch“, sozusagen. Christopher G. Moore hat mit Vincent Calvino einen der spannendsten PIs der neueren Kriminalliteratur erfunden – hier ein bisschen Selbstreflektion mit programmatischem Charakter: Private Eyes Riding the Time Machine My German translator Peter Friedrich made a recent observation about the Vincent Calvino series that I’ve been thinking about. Peter said: DidRead More

Posted On September 15, 2012By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Die e-Book-Debatte bei uns geht weiter, heute mit einem Beitrag von Christopher G. Moore … The Gold Miner’s Shovel in the eBook Gold Rush The great California Gold Rush of 1849 drew thousands of people who dreamed of striking it rich by panning for gold. One lesson of ’49 was the people who found riches weren’t the miners but those who sold them shovels, pans, buckets and pots. Another lesson is that whenever there is a gold rush, those not caught up in the fever figure out a way toRead More

Posted On September 1, 2012By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Christopher G. Moore diesmal über essentielle Dinge – über’s Schreiben, über Glück und Pech und Geld und kein Geld. Rolling the Dice Let’s say you’ve written a book. Or maybe you are thinking about writing a book. It might be a crime novel set in an exotic location. It might be a domestic comedy set in your hometown. But let’s not become sidetracked by worrying about location, theme, or characters. It’s more important to think about what it means to write a book. Or more precisely what it takes, orRead More

Posted On August 25, 2012By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Ein unangenehmes, beklemmendes, aber notwendiges Thema, nicht nur in Thailand – Hinrichtungen. Christopher G. Moore über Täter, Zeugen und Opfer. Presumption of Innocence Until Executed The lag between penning an editorial and breaking news can seem an eternity even when the two appear in the same edition of the newspaper. A Thai death penalty case has created a perfect journalistic storm with editors praising while reporter updates undermine and destroy the basis of such praise. On 1st August, The Bangkok Post in an editorial titled “Sending the right Signals” supportedRead More

Posted On August 18, 2012By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Letzte Woche konnten wir den zweiten Teil der Noir Fiction Barbarians lesen. Heute geht es Christopher G. Moore um ein in der Tat universales Thema – um Gier … We Need To Have a Talk About Greed The impulse motivating a lot of crime is greed. The outlier wants money for drugs, hot cars or motorcycles, beautiful women, expensive restaurants, foreign holidays—what are perceived as the good things that rich people, or at least well off people, use to identify themselves as successful, desirable, and admirable. Not to mention moreRead More

Posted On August 11, 2012By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Letzte Woche ging es bei Christopher G. Moore um Mind Hacks … Heute dreht sich die Fortsetzung des Essays um Barbaren, genauer um Noir Fiction Barbarians (Part 2) Barbarians have acquired a bad name. Their negative press is part of our hive programming. We feel revulsion to outsiders, the barbarians who threaten our way of life, our values, our norms, and our laws and institutions. Leave our hive alone! The barbarians, in Roman times, were the Germanic tribes along the borders. These tribes had a disturbing feature—their members had mindsRead More

Posted On August 4, 2012By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Was haben Hacker, Beethoven, russische Tänzer und Noir Fiction miteinander zu tun? Eine Idee von Christopher G. Moore. Noir Fiction Mind Hacks – Part 1 I have been playing with the idea that noir crime authors are a subset of hackers into the hive mind collectively shared by their readers. A few years ago I wrote about Writing Novels inside the Hive Mind.  I’d like to further develop this metaphor along with the related idea of hacking. It is mixing of metaphors to be sure. I hope to show thatRead More

Posted On Juli 14, 2012By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Christopher G. Moore war auf Reisen. Und in Buenos Aires, dieser durch und durch literarischen Stadt, fiel ihm auf, dass etwas zu fehlen schien. Ironie … The Death of Literary Irony Irony has been the stock and trade of novelists through the ages. George Orwell’s The Hanging is a perfect example of dramatic irony. We follow a condemned Burmese man on his way to the gallows as he carefully sidestepping the puddle of water along the path so as not to dirty his shoes. Or Shooting an Elephant we witnessRead More

Posted On Juni 23, 2012By Christopher G. MooreIn Bücher, Crimemag

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok Bücher

Heute geht es Christopher G. Moore schlicht und einfach um das Verhältnis schreibender Menschen zur Wahrheit … The Writer as Truth Seeker – Those who write to support the guardians of received truth, wisdom or belief are caretakers working a garden owned, planted, and harvested according to the garden owners. Like ground staff at airports they take their orders from those above them. Those in authority have used writers as hand wavers for their version of truth and reality. What is being guarded in the name of truth? Mainly itRead More

Posted On Mai 26, 2012By Christopher G. MooreIn Bücher, Crimemag

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Heute: Non olet – Christopher G. Moore über Alltagsverbrechen, über Landwirtschaft, Scheiße, blanke Gier und organisierte Kriminalität.  When Poo has the wrong bad smell Governments in most places want to help citizens who struggle to make a living. Thailand is no exception. The law of unintended consequence unfortunately comes into play when government policy attempts to control market forces. Greed is a bulldozer that ploughs through Wall Street, it also rolls through the rubber plantations and rice fields of Asia. In the South of Thailand there are many rubber plantations.Read More

Posted On Mai 19, 2012By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Erst kein Glück, dann kommt auch noch Pech dazu, wie eine Fußballer-Weisheit lautet. Gilt auch für alle Arten von Verbrechen, reale und literarische … Christopher G. Moore über Pannen & Co. … When Things Go Terribly Wrong in the World of Crime The laws of unintended consequences and collateral damage apply to criminals just like they do anyone else.  I’d like to give some examples of ‘crimes’ that might have the judge and jury shedding tears—ones of laughter. In South Carolina A driver went to the trouble to find aRead More

Posted On Mai 5, 2012By Christopher G. MooreIn Allgemein, Crimemag

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Heute geht es um ein so klassisches Thema, dass man sich wundert, warum darüber so selten gesprochen wird: Gift! Enjoy … Poison Mental test: What is the first weapon that comes into your head when I ask you to name a murder weapon? Chances are you’d choose a gun, bomb, knife, sword, and a blunt instrument. My guess is that you wouldn’t have chosen poison. For young readers you might think of the band named Poison. They have shiny chrome skulls on their website. From 331 BC The Romans usedRead More

Posted On April 14, 2012By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Christopher G. Moore heute über Schriftsteller, Schriftstellerdarsteller, Wannabees und wirklich kreative Menschen. Und über Freiheit!   The Invisible Man Last week I was at a gathering, which included an American from Kentucky who was passing through Bangkok. He had stories about George Clooney and other famous people from his State. The conversation turned to what young people in the United States aspired to in life. The answer from the American guest was simple: “They want to be famous.” In a celebrity driven culture that should come as no surprise. FameRead More

Posted On März 31, 2012By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Christopher G. Moore über eine weitere Facette der Feinmechanik des Organisierten Verbrechens: Organized Crime Building a Supply Chain You never see a ‘company’ handcuffed and paraded before the press. But in this part of the world, pictures of flesh and blood criminals often appear in the newspaper or on TV.  Mostly, they are low-level criminals who were caught holding the illegal goods. Holding the bag so to speak. They are presented at press conference with rows of uniformed officers looking on as the accused sits in front of desk loadedRead More

Posted On März 24, 2012By Christopher G. MooreIn Bücher, Crimemag

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Nicht sehr beliebt ist bei Kriminellen (staatlichen, organisierten und sonstigen) die Redefreiheit. Man kann dagegen etwas tun, bis dass der Redner kotzt … Christopher G. Moore über einen neuen Wahsinn:   Forcing people to shut up or throw up … It’s not only you who’s looking to high-tech to solve all of your problems. Repressive and not-to-date-so-repressive governments are taking notice of new weapon technology. If you are a protester or demonstrator your future will likely include being made mute or stuttering uncontrollably and throwing up. These weapons are currentlyRead More

Posted On März 10, 2012By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Heute geht es Christopher G. Moore um die Frage, wer denn so alles Verbrechen begehen kann und begeht und ob Körperschaften Personen sein können und was das wiederum heißt, wenn man (legal?) Verbrechen begehen will. Wonderland There is something Alice in Wonderland like about asking whether a corporation is a person. It is unclear whether the United States Supreme Court might be taking a page out the Mad Hatter’s book of logic when it comes to corporate ‘personhood.’ “Mad Hatter: “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?” “Have you guessedRead More

Posted On Februar 25, 2012By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

… Christopher G. Moore heute über Datensammlungswut, Religion, Bombenlegen und die Zukunft. Data Mining in the Age of Terrorism Thai police arrested two terrorist suspects and were searching for a third man after three reported bombings in Bangkok on 14 February 2012. The Bangkok Post reported that bombings took place on Sukhumvit Road (Soi 71) in a crowded residential area of Bangkok. It appears a bomb went off in the alleged terrorists’ living quarters. One terrorist was arrested at Suvarnbhumi Airport, Bangkok’s main airport, as he was about to boardRead More

Posted On Februar 11, 2012By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Heute denkt Christopher G. Moore darüber nach, woher Kriminalschriftsteller ihren Stoff beziehen und was sie daraus machen (können). Examining Crime News Accounts Crime stories are both universal and local. A murder in New York, Vancouver, London or Bangkok is universally seen as a crime, one deserving of punishment of the wrongdoer and assistance to the family of the victim. In reality, we tend to focus on the crime that is on our doorstep. Murders close to home cause people to sit up and pay attention. This is especially true ifRead More
Heute beschäftigt sich Christopher G. Moore mit der gerne aufgerufenen „Funktion“ von Literatur, die Zukunft zu prognostizieren. Eigentlich ein Job für Science Fiction, aber auch Kriminalliteratur kann man unter diesem Aspekt betrachten … Precognition by Crime Novelists who predict the future Sometimes a novel is ahead of its time, seeming to write about events that predict the future. In Philip K. Dick’s Minority Report, the idea of precognition allows the police to know in advance about future criminal activity and to stop it before it happens. The future is thatRead More
Killing Fields Justice: A Witness to History – Unter den vielen Menschheitsbeglückern war das Regime der Khmer Rouge mit dem Oberscheusal Pol Pot eines der ekligsten. Es hat – je nach Schätzung – 1,7 bis 2,2 Millionen Menschen das Leben gekostet. Die kambodschanische Gesellschaft ist immer noch aufgewühlt, allmählich beginnt man mit der Aufarbeitung. Christopher G. Moore war in Phnom Penh, um einen großen Prozess gegen drei der führenden Khmer-Rouge-Funktionäre zu beobachten. CrimeMag freut sich, Ihnen diese Gerichtsreportage in zwei Teilen präsentieren zu dürfen. Lesen Sie heute Teil 2 (zumRead More
Killing Fields Justice: A Witness to History – Unter den vielen Menschheitsbeglückern war das Regime der Khmer Rouge mit dem Oberscheusal Pol Pot eines der ekligsten. Es hat – je nach Schätzung – 1,7 bis 2,2 Millionen Menschen das Leben gekostet. Die kambodschanische Gesellschaft ist immer noch aufgewühlt, allmählich beginnt man mit der Aufarbeitung. Christopher G. Moore war in Phnom Penh, um einen großen Prozess gegen drei der führenden Khmer-Rouge-Funktionäre zu beobachten. CrimeMag freut sich, Ihnen diese Gerichtsreportage in zwei Teilen präsentieren zu dürfen. Part One: ECCC Court Complex ChristopherRead More

Posted On Dezember 3, 2011By Christopher G. MooreIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Christopher G. Moore: Views from Bangkok

Geld. Wir benutzen es jeden Tag – manche spielen mit großen Summen aus der Portokasse, während für andere jedes Stück Hartgeld zählt.  Heute erzählt Christopher G. Moore ein kleines Musterbeispiel zu dem berühmten und immer wieder interessanten Thema, wo das Geld eigentlich ist, das weg ist. Weg oder woanders. That’s Where the Money Is When Willie Sutton, the American bank robber, was asked why he robbed banks, he replied, “That’s where the money is.” Brooklyn born Slick Willie was on to something. The economic aspect of crime is vastly underrated.Read More