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

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” loudmouth Don Cherry because of outrage over his francophobic comments on “Coach’s Corner”. (A seven-second tape delay and a federal…

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Hockey night in Chiang Mai

Published in the Vancouver Sun on Saturday, March 15, 2003 By Daniel Gawthrop 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. He’s supposed to report to training camp in Chiang Mai, the mountainous northern city where the 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 the Japanese woman he met in the early Seventies. Now it’s the spring of 2002. Walcott is turning 53 but…

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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. Like most writers, I invest a lot of ego and presumptions-of-authority-and-relevance into my work. So allow me to qualify…

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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 Haq was one of the brightest lights of the Afghan resistance. The 43-year-old Pashtun commander, a hero of the anti-Soviet war, was widely respected for his…

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