Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Natives. Auditions June 13th.

What happens when you throw a vegan eco-warrior, a part time carpenter, an academic, a star wars geek, and a Vietnam veteran into the same rice bowl?

Come and find out on June13th at the Checkinn99 Bangkok. An audition / script reading session in Jim's Dungeon, the downstairs green room of the historic Bangkok venue,Sukhumvit between sois 5 and 7 ---- Directions are (from bar manager Chris) as follows: over Soi 7 towards Soi 5 from Nana BTS exit one .. running the gauntlet of Indian tailors, lady boy massage shops, market stalls of picture frames, golden posters, copy tshirts, sunglasses, handheld electrocution devices and when you come to Bangkok's biggest market stall of viagra and erotic toys you hang a right and walk down the alley.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Red Night and Lists...

Tom Vater reviews Newman's Red Night Zone for the Chang Mai City News, the first reviewer to note the link between beat, the pulp novels, and the Bangkok night that influence Newman as an artist.

Bangkok pulp writer James Newman has hammered out another shot-from-the-hip fast-as-they-come thriller, featuring recovering alcoholic and PI Joe Dylan drifting through the Zone, a sly reference to William Burrough’s Interzone – a place where all races lead to the bottom, all smiles are false and everyone is out to kill everyone else for a few bucks. Like Burroughs, Newman both despises and admires the darkness he has witnessed and he manages to harvest a modicum of sloth and violence in his newest story.....

Read it here.

In other news Newman made it to the best ten crime novels set in Bangkok, Thailand....
Amazon list...

The beat goes on...


MUG SHOT........




BKK. 12.5.13

Friday, May 10, 2013


Out there in the night of a thousand crimes people were dying, being maimed, cut by flying glass, crushed against steering wheels or under heavy car tires. People were being beaten, robbed, strangled, raped and murdered. People were hungry, sick, bored, desperate with loneliness or remorse or fear, angry, cruel, feverish, shaken by sobs. A city no worse than others, a city rich and vigorous and full of pride, a city lost and beaten and full of emptiness.

The beat goes on...

BKK 10.5.13

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Coles Paints Newman


James A. Newman is now officially part of the Bangkok Night with this portrait by American expressionist Chris Coles.

A former Hollywood producer Chris Coles has been painting in Bangkok for many years. His work has been shown all across the world and is part of emerging, and major private collections.

His excellent book Navigating the Bangkok Noir is avaiable here...Navigating the Bangkok Noir

Visit the blog here....

The artist is Newman's personal favourite contemporary living artist working in  the region, so it is a thrill for him to see this portrait.

The beat continues,

BKK May 2013.