Published Articles

A selection of Daniel’s published essays, features and reviews over the years.

Adam & Steve Forever

Daniel Gawthrop: Adam & Steve Forever How far have we come? Well, I’ve gone from closeted to queer opponent of gay marriage to preparing my wedding. By Daniel Gawthrop Posted on thetyee.ca on December 10, 2004 When I first heard the news that the Supreme Court of Canada had affirmed same-sex marriage rights—thus paving the […]

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One Too Many for the Gipper

Opinion: One Too Many for the Gipper Posted on theTyee.ca on June 7, 2004 It’s not whether George W. Bush measures up to Ronald Reagan. It’s that too many Americans think Reagan’s legacy is worth celebrating. By Daniel Gawthrop [Editor’s note: Steve Burgess’s article comparing George W. Bush unfavourably to Ronald Reagan, on the occasion […]

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In The Thrall of the Passionate Buddha

In the Thrall of the Passionate Buddha Posted on theTyee.ca on April 19, 2004 He spooks official China; he enraptures Goldie Hawn. How to explain the impact of the Tibetan spiritual leader? By Daniel Gawthrop Every time Tenzin Gyatso—better known as His Holiness, the XIV Dalai Lama—lands in a Western country, two kinds of stories […]

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Miracle Whip and Cuban Salsa

Posted on dooneyscafe.com on February 11, 2004 Daniel Gawthrop explains why he can’t bring himself to shell out $11.50 to see Hollywood’s latest hockey metaphor for jingoistic porn. Last week was a busy one for the spin doctors of our national sport. First the CBC, playing the Janet Jackson/Nipplegate card, decided to muzzle “Hockey Night” […]

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Hockey night in Chiang Mai

Published in the Vancouver Sun on Saturday, March 15, 2003 BANGKOK—On the surface, it has all the elements of a classic Thai scam. A Canadian drifter claiming to be related to a famous hockey personality shows up in Bangkok and sweet-talks his way into a coaching gig with the new Thai national ice hockey team. […]

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The Lady’s Not for Burning

WAITING FOR THE LADY ■ CHRISTOPHER G MOORE Heaven Lake Press Available at leading bookstores Reviewed by Daniel Gawthrop Published in The Nation (Bangkok) on Sunday, March 23, 2003 THIS BURMESE ROAD NOVEL, Chris Moore’s sixteenth work of fiction, follows the adventures of Sloan Walcott, a Bangkok-based photographer and art collector who’s still married to […]

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Searching for Diana

Posted on Dooneyscafe.com on September 17, 2002 Daniel Gawthrop has second thoughts about music, marketing and his own concert reviewing ability after the Bangkok appearance of an old schoolmate-turned-First Lady of Popular Jazz. Not long ago, I published a lousy article in the newspaper I work for in Bangkok. That’s quite an admission to make. […]

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Islam’s ‘Band of Brothers’

Book review Islam’s ‘Band of Brothers’ Soldiers of God: With Islamic Warriors in Afghanistan and Pakistan By. Robert D Kaplan Vintage Departures Available at Asia Books, Bt595 Reviewed by Daniel Gawthrop Published in The Nation (Bangkok) in 2002 Before his capture and execution by the doomed Taliban regime last October 26, veteran guerrilla fighter Abdul […]

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Welcome to the Machine

Concert review by Daniel Gawthrop Published in The Nation (Bangkok) on April 13, 2002 An evening with Roger Waters “In the Flesh” was a trip down memory lane on Wednesday night. But that’s exactly how the audience at Impact Arena wanted it. Waters, the 58-year-old, salt-and-pepper-haired co-founder of Pink Floyd, played a nearly flawless three-hour […]

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The Curse of Leni Riefenstahl

COMMENT:The Curse of Leni Riefenstahl When you’re Adolf Hitler’s most celebrated propagandist, redemption can prove elusive—even at age 100. By Daniel Gawthrop Posted on Dooneyscafe.com under “Probes” on February 6, 2002 To be an artist means never to avert one’s eyes. –filmmaker Akiro Kurosawa, receiving the lifetime achievement award at the 1990 Oscars. I’m more […]

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