Tuesday, June 9, 2009


We stopped by a French/Lao bookstore/exchange tonight and picked up D.H. Lawrence's 'The Gipsy and the Virgin' and Daniel Defoe's 'Robinson Crusoe' and saw that they were showing a movi called 'Notorious' for free upstairs at 7pm. We took advantage of nearby happy hours drinking Laos cocktails made from laos laos spirits derived from sticky rice. Then we headed back, not knowing whether to expect some obscure French film, or some old murder mystery gangster sort of film, or a film about Notorious BIG. We went upstairs and asked a girl where she was from and if she knew what the movie was about, and it turns out, of all the films in the world, this bookstore was showing the dramatic interpretation of Chris Wallace's life. The other couple there was actually from Brooklyn and at first thought they were going to be seeing the Hitchcock film, but were equally excited to see the movie that was filmed in their old neighborhood. At the end of the film, the Laos staff turned the light back on, I hadn't realized Biggie and Tupac were friends (also, by the way, did you know Tupac was named after the last Incan king that stood up to the Spanish and was finally defeated in the jungle of Peru? Tupac's mother was a black panther!) and I asked the Irish girl if people were really into Biggie and Tupac when they died ten years ago, she looked at me with a tear drying on her cheek and said she had listened to them when she was in high school... the day Tupac died people refused to go to class and sang in the hallways at my highschool. Fascinating to see this movie here in Luang Prabang, Laos, of all places.

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