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I managed to read a fair number of books in 2010, in part due to my new ebook reader which enabled me to easily carry around any books I had on the go. These are the ones that I got through in the last year, with a summary/review in haiku form for each:
Gary Shteyngart – The Russian Debutante’s Handbook
Gangsters, track suits and cafes
A riotous ending
Gary Shteyngart – Super Sad True Love Story
It is super sad
USA collapses, and
folks can’t spell, just shop.
Vernor Vinge – Rainbow’s End
Folks wear computers
Amine flash mobs, libraries
Destroyed to save books.
Neal Stephenson – The Diamond Age, or a Young Girl’s Illustrated Primer
Vast dummer orgies.
Connie Willis – Doomsday Book
Plagues past and future
Time travelling historians
Connie Willis – To Say Nothing of the Dog
Cathedral research their aim
Is history changed?
Connie Willis – Blackout/All Clear
World War II this time
History altered: bad? good?
James Webb – Fields of Fire
Running around in the shit
Not a pleasant place.
Hugh Ambrose – The Pacific
Written with the show
The Pacific war is told
But dad writes better.
Eugene Sledge – With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
Brutal and gritty
The Marines take on Japan
Glad I was not there.
Stephen King – The Dome
Folks turn real nasty
When their town is a fish bowl
Pretty weak ending.
John Burdett – Bangkok 8/Bangkok Tattoo/Bangkok Haunts/ The Godfather of Kathmandu
Detective who solves wild crimes
Mom runs a brothel.
James Clavell – Taipan
Hong Kong’s early days
White guy comes and does some trade
Then comes big typhoon.
It has been a slow-paced four days in Vientiane which kind of suits the nature of the city. On Tuesday we set up a list of photo subjects for my time here. It seemed impressive, but I managed to get through it all quite easily. Generally my days have begun with a fairly early rise and a quite-tasty buffet breakfast (mixed Asian and western food) at the hotel. The PSI driver arrives in his truck and we crawl through the chaotic yet slow traffic to the office where my days were arranged. I covered a whole range of subjects including:
- Visits to pharmacies to document birth control options (including Chinese abortion pills) and to private clinics with Tick, the team leader from last-year’s malaria project in Attapeu;
- The PSI warehouse plus the facilities of Diethelm, their new distributor;
- The “New Friends” MSM (men who have sex with men) drop-in centre, including their new branding plus information and counselling sessions;
- A new text messaging program encouraging people to get free HIV testing;
- Wandering the Morning Market looking for moms with kids to photograph for the reproductive health program;
- TB training for staff;
- A primitive clinic that provides exams and treatment for female sex workers;
- Outreach to female sex workers in the Ramayana Hotel karaoke bar; and
- PSI staff group photos.
I am happy to have accomplished all that was laid out for me. I’ve had plenty of time to wander the streets of the central city between shoots or after my day’s work. I’ve had some tasty food, particularly phe (or pho noodles) and café lao, the best of both I’ve decided are on Heng Boun Road, west of the Lao Cultural Hall. I also found really good pad thai at a stall where Heng Boun meets Chao Anou Road.
I’ve enjoyed finding a good spot to have a café lao or Beer Lao and sit watching street life or reading a book on my ebook reader.
There’s really not a whole lot else to write about. I haven’t found much personal photographic inspiration here which is probably partly a function of having spent quite a bit of time here before, of Vientiane not being that inspiring, and of the fact that my last two trips – to India and to the Arctic – were incredibly inspiring.