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Anthony Bourdain Talks Drugs, Politics, Obama, And Near-Death Experiences

Anthony Bourdain Talks Drugs, Politics, Obama, And Near-Death Experiences

In an episode set in Laos, he ate freshwater fish and bamboo shoots with a man who had lost an arm and a leg when a U.S. explosive, left over from the war, detonated.
A White House staffer told him he brought Laos’s unexploded-ordinance problem to light. “I’m a little embarrassed. I feel like Bono. I don’t want to be that guy. The show is always about … Continue reading

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Crime Novelist Cotterill Is Still A Mystery In Vientiane

Crime novelist Cotterill is still a mystery in Vientiane

The adventures of coroner-sleuth Dr Siri have attracted an army of readers in the West, but he remains a stranger back home
Colin Cotterill is without doubt the best-known author of murder mysteries set in Laos, a communist country where crimes are rarely even reported in the state-run press.
In fact, Cotterill, 61, may well be the only author of murder mysteries with Laos as their setting. The protagonist of the British author’s award-winning series is Dr Siri Paiboun, fictionally appointed the first and only coroner in Vientiane in ….. Continue reading

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