Jai Arun Ravine talks to me about their newest book, The Romance of Siam, just released from Timeless, Infinite Light. We talk about their use of humor in critiquing orientalism, the tourist industry in Thailand, and their process as an interdisciplinary artist.
The sound of waves breaking is "Once in a Lifetime," the theme song for Thailand's tourism campaign.
Jai’s website: http://jaiarunravine.com/
The Romance of Siam: http://timelessinfinitelight.com/collections/frontpage/products/romance-of-siam
Jai’s performance piece from 2010, “TOMBOIGATOEYMANGO”: https://vimeo.com/15429089
Once in a Lifetime Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5_zFBH4wqU
Ambient Asian Space: noodlecroons.tumblr.com
Jo Ann Wasserman’s book of sestinas, “The Escape”: http://www.futurepoem.com/books/the-escape
Gabriel Ojeda-Sague & Jai Arun Ravine in conversation about adjacency: https://medium.com/drunken-boat/a-conversation-between-gabriel-ojeda-sague-and-jai-arun-ravine-fea4b9c44842#.cgsw305tg
Gabriel’s book: http://timelessinfinitelight.com/products/oil-and-candle
Jim Thompson, the Unsolved Mystery: https://www.amazon.com/Jim-Thompson-Unsolved-William-Warren/dp/9813018828
Information about W. Somerset Maugham in Thailand: http://padraigrooney.com/journalism/a_literary_journey_through_thailand.html