Welcome to my website.  Unlike the universe, this website has a purpose: to offer rants, tirades, opinions and discussion about books on Thailand, give an overview of nightlife in Thailand and, yes, to provide a few news items which might not appear elsewhere.  And to have some fun.

Bar, club and restaurant owners who would like to send material on their special events, birthday bashes, anniversary parties, etc., are welcome to do so but please remember men in Thailand are a bit jaded so if you’re just going to offer the usual free gourmet food and free full band entertainment and free beautiful and eager-to-please women, well, the lads have been there, done that. So do try to offer potential patrons something special. ;-)

There is a contest every month when this column appears and the first to answer the question correctly or identify a photograph correctly will receive vouchers worth at least 4,000 baht in food and drink, i.e., 500 baht each, from Larry's Dive, Shadow Bar, The Old Dutch, the Big Mango, Electric Blue, The Duke of Wellington pub, Doll House and Bourbon Street Restaurant. The prizes will build up in case anyone doesn't win it immediately so the bonanza for the eventual winner could get quite interesting.  It will double to 8,000 and, if still no winner, to 12,000, etc.  Second prize is a "I Support Single Moms" T-shirt.  Third prize is an After Dark calendar.  And please remember a part of all money received from the sale of my books goes to needy Thais (in the form of payment to go go dancers, waitresses and hostesses).






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It is not often that a man is so selfless as to think only of the happiness of others.  And yet this is precisely what our very own Reg Brown was doing in Florida recently.  Ensconced inside an American-style meditative retreat known as Hooters he suddenly came upon an idea that would make others happy even though at no small expense to himself.  And so he discussed this with his, um, contact at the Hooters establishment and yes she could provide him with TEN Hooters outfits.  And so it came to pass that when he returned to the Land of Smiles Reg Brown gave unto others less fortunate than himself, i.e. the Coyote dancers at Mojos.  And verily I say unto you the Hooters Night was a great success as all the girls loved the outfits and changed into them that very night.  Should you see this selfless, altruistic, generous, self-sacrificing humanitarian, be sure to shake his hand and buy him a drink.  If only there were more like him.  One customer came over and called Reg a genius.  Indeed he was correct.  And, no, Khun Cheer, I do NOT know how to translate into Thai: "Delightfully tacky, yet unrefined."  I doubt I ever will. 

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Book Signing


I'm happy to say that the book signing at the Texas Lone Star Saloon went very well and I was told it was the best day the Lone Star has had in quite a while.  Asia Books/Bookazine's distribution of my titles is sporadic at best but they have them all in stock; so if they don't have what you want tell them to order it.  Tell them to stock it.  Get after them.  Invariable rule in any restaurant: Always buy the cook a drink.  In the four pix at the right as you can see some of the Londoner Pub crowd made it all the way across Sukhumvit Road to Washington Square.  There was a time when only grizzly old war vets hung out at the Texas Lone Star Saloon.  Then George Pipas, the owner, died.  Then his widow took out the buffalo head that hung on the wall for years.  Then the manager was let go.  And now as you can see from the third pix from the right those hanging about the Londoner now are (from left to right) a film producer, a film director and an ex-laywer turned muay-Thai fighter.  And in the second picture from the left there is even a Western woman inside the Texas Lone Star Saloon! And just to prove all is going to hell at the Texas the last picture shows Khun Nana and myself.


I love the cover Robert Stedman did for Permanent Damage.  But look at this Mickey Spillane cover.  Ah, they just don't make them like this anymore!








OK, it's getting worse.  Apparently, in order to save the environment, hotels are pushing us to reuse the same towel over and over.  This is now a given.  But recently when I stayed at a leading hotel in Saigon they had the usual "Help us Save the Planet" sign regarding the towels but they also had a sign by the bed warning about how washing sheets causes pollution and therefore if I did not feel the need to have the sheets changed daily would I kindly place the sign on the bed before leaving the room.


Well, you know, I do try to be Mr. Good Citizen occasionally and Conserving the Environment is my middle name.  But enough is enough.  Apparently, the environmental heat to make us feel guilty is still on us even though Al and Tipper are getting a divorce.  I don't really care much about the sheets as I'm a guy and sleeping on the same sheet for awhile won't kill me.  But when I pay US$200++ for a hotel room or thereabouts I expect and will get a clean bath towel every day.  An environmentalist not long ago admonished me that when I am in my own home I don't change the towel every day.  And often I don't.  But in my own home I am not paying US$200++ for the room.


In any case, it is not difficult to predict what is coming next.  My prediction is we will soon find signs in hotel rooms like this:


Dear Valued Guests,


Every day, hotels launder a great amount of bed sheets, towels, etc.  This not only consumes a lot of water and energy but also pollutes our rivers and seas with huge quantities of detergents.  So we thank you for reusing your bed sheets and towels to help protect our planet.  In addition, you may not realize this but toilet paper and facial tissue are made from trees.  As is reported on Wikipedia, "An average American uses 50 pounds of toilet paper per year which is 50% more than Western countries or Japan.  Millions of trees are harvested in North America and in Latin American countries leaving ecological footprint concerns."


Therefore we would ask that in the name of preserving our environment you would kindly consider reusing your toilet paper and facial tissues.  In that way we can save many of our rapidly disappearing forests for future generations. 


Better yet, for those of you who would like to enjoy a multi-cultural experience, such as being Muslim, why not go without toilet paper altogether and wash your butt with the pinky finger of your left hand.  Just leave this sign on the toilet roll or tissue box and the maid will be delighted to remove all toilet paper and facial tissues from your room.  Every one hundredth person who has had all toilet paper and facial tissues removed will be presented with a beautifully (and environmentally) framed Thomas Crapper award.


Also, please note that there is no bed in your room.  You may not realize this but the wood and metal parts of beds deplete forests and valuable resources, the scarcity of which can actually cause strife and wars and more bespectacled Chinese technicians pouring into Darkest Africa.  So we hope you will enjoy the recycled cardboard tatami instead.  If, however, you still feel the need for a bed, we will certainly bring one for you.  Please note there is an additional US$50 charge per bed per room per day.


Also, kindly be aware that air-conditioning is available only in the honeymoon and presidential suites.


Thank you for staying with us and for your invaluable cooperation is preserving our environment.


The Management



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It was a dark and stormy night and I had just left the FCCT, so caught in the rain I noticed the new Renaissance Hotel next to the Maneeya Building at Chitlom Station.  Nicely done hotel.  A couple of good female bartenders.  People who open luxury hotels in Bangkok must know that the occupancy rates are low and the competition very tough.  I guess they must be optimists.



The building of the House-to-Keep-the-Farang-Awake across the street from me is going up nicely.  And loudly.




Soi Cowboy has its good nights and bad nights.  Good nights for me of course means fewer guys and less competition.  Poor Nana Plaza is getting its guts torn out while Soi Cowboy gets glitzier and glitzier.  At right is a lovely lady's Buddhist tattoos; a lady who benefited from (whether she knows it or not) Caramel-flavored Viagra Gel or was it butterscotch?).  And, by the way, news reports said that the farang at Nana Plaza who seemed to be the "boss" of the demolition project was reluctant to speak and he was described as "tall."  Taciturn and tall?  OK, so I guess my hunch that the boss was my friend Dave the Rave was wrong.




I love Thai generals with a sense of humor.  I was honored by an invitation to a meeting of the American Special Forces Association in Washington Square and some Thai Special Forces officers were also visiting, down from their Lopburi base.  I was talking with General Chanit (center of picture in blue) and mentioned that I had been stationed for two years in Bangkok during the Vietnam War.  And I did not fail to mention how during those two years I was in charge of the Patpong area and while I had been in charge not one Vietnamese tank got past Patpong Road.  He laughed and shook my hand and said "Thank you for that."  What could I say?  Modest son-of-a-bitch that I am I assured him it had been my pleasure.




Nana Plaza is having a much-needed facelift although as you can see in these recent photos the cat on the hot-tinned roof is still lollygagging about on a very filthy roof.  Whose responsibility is it to clean the roof?  Oops, I said a bad word in Thailand, did I not?  "Responsibility."  Also, having flexible chairs and tables and sinks and whatever in case of fire?  This I gotta see.  Also, while I was photographing Nana, I stopped into Rainbow II for a brief respite and a beer and left with a lady in her 30's who told me she had not had a customer take her out in five months.  She said there are many Japanese customers and they want dek, i.e. young ones.  Well, I took this one because she was statuesque and danced well and was well endowed and smiled back at me unlike the young ones who look off into space when they dance.  When I was leaving with her all the girls were happy for her for having got a customer and they touched hands for luck and I felt very much like Richard Gere in An Officer and a Gentleman.  In what other country do young women practically treat you as a hero for barfining a girl from the bar?  Amazing Thailand.


Check out these two pictures of Sukhumvit, Soi 33, in the rain.  I came out of TeenLove or LoveTeen massage or whatever and found the soi seriously flooded.  No, my masseuse was not a teen, she was in her 30's.  Sometimes - I know this will be terribly shocking for my readers - but, sometimes, when I go to a massage parlor I actually want a massage.  And, of course, the picture on the right is of our very own khun Rocky AKA Lakky AKA Lak AKA Love having a chat with the Tiger beer girl, no doubt about the latest Jonathan Franzen novel. 






I had been meaning to get to this sprawling beer garden on Soi Asoke for years and finally made it.  Not a bad spot but mainly for young Thais, I would say.  Band inside plays later.  The place is on the left side of Asoke heading toward Petchburi.  The waitress was frisky and cute.  Not my type though (wearing too many clothes).





Walking the area just below Asoke and thereabouts.  I like taking slow walks in Bangkok; you never know what you will find when you really explore this city.  I discovered a church I had never known was there as well as some restaurants that looked excellent.  All within an area I thought I had known pretty well.  Amazing Thailand.





Soi Cowboy, of course.  Most bars are doing OK.  Not great, but OK.  Has anyone besides myself tried the beanbag chair in the, um, casual stay room above a well known Soi Cowboy bar?  You know, the room with the couches around the walls because if the police were to come in and find an actual bed they might think some kind of untoward sexual activity was afoot.  I kid you not, small Thai go go dancers practically disappear in that bean bag chair.  Yes, this is the same bar which celebrates every New Year's Eve in a fun, funky way. 




Colorful signs on Sukhumvit Soi 33 where a lot of bars are not doing so OK. 










Khun Cheer & Friends.  Amazing what a Thai woman can do with a dress she buys in the market or in a non-expensive shop.  The kind of outfit that costs US$2,000 in the States worn by women on the way to the Academy Awards.  Not sure if I like Khun Cheer better this way or in her Hooters outfit.  Yum, yum, yum.  Reminds me of that old Campbell soup commercial: "That's what Campbell soups are - um um good!"




Khun Michel, our resident magician in the City of Angels, who works minor miracles with a deck of cards at the Londoner Pub every Wednesday night, is now offering a course in professional-level card magic. His two-hour course teaches you how to amaze and astound your friends with easy-to-do card magic performed by some of the biggest names in magic today. These stunning effects— Poker deals, changing color decks, mind reading and predictions--can be learned in minutes, can be performed with any borrowed deck and there is no sleight of hand involved. Each effect includes tips on handling and presentation and comes with printed instructions for future reference. These are not the card tricks Uncle Al performed every year at the Christmas party and none of them can be found in magic books sold in bookstores.

I have seen Michel at work and believe me he is a professional.  So if when you are traveling you would like something to impress the hook- I mean, children, check him out.

Free demonstrations are available on request. Courses in sleight of hand card magic are also offered.
For more information, send an email to or call 089-749-2022.





Yet Another Bangkok Poem with Pictures of Thai Women on YouTube



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Click on Picture for Important Smoking Information which will aid you in picking up women!



There are now a great many novels on Bangkok and many involve some aspect of bars or the sex scene.  Some of the novels are very well written, some need lots of editing.  But local writers whose books have go go dancers and bar scenes are, of course, easy targets for local puritans masquerading as commentators or reviewers. Especially for those who haven't read them.

In the Hong Kong Post some months ago there was an article entitled Lust in Translation discussing Bangkok's "sexpat literature."  Not a bad article in itself.  But it quoted the head of a Women's Writer's Group in Bangkok as saying: "There are so many men that live in these darkened dens of prostitution night after night that it's not surprising some of them would like to qualify it as research." 

As Trink would say: Any comment would be superfluous.


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James Dickey's great novel Deliverance turns Forty.

Great book, Great film! Burt Reynolds's best role.



Dickey played the sheriff








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OK, so as I said last time, Microsoft Front Page changed over to a different system on the 25th of July yet it looked as if I was saving material as I added it after that, but it did not save any new material.  That is why the August column was shorter.  No loss to literature I am sure but I did lose a number of items, especially the text that went with the Ayudhya pictures.  A bummer.  So I will just add a bit of Ayudhya text material below.







For many more pictures of Ayudhya click here: Two Nights in Ayudhya


Excellent and honest tuk tuk driver: Mr. Anow Promme, 089-5407952.  Best place to stay: Promtong Mansion.  Five star service and great rooms at a backpacker price.  My price was 500 baht a night.  Transportation:  I grabbed a taxi to Ayudhya for 700 baht and it took only a bit over an hour to be at my hotel.  Coming back, there are air-conditioned busses, a train, and mini-vans.  The train alas may have no seats until you almost arrive in Bangkok because it is coming down from the north.  And after a hot and exhausting but fun temple-trip you do need a place to sit down.  The air-con busses are fine and cheap but take about two hours.  The mini-vans were only about 60 baht and in Bangkok stop at the Victory Monument after only a ride of about one hour, twenty minutes. 


A lot of temples, of course, and a lot of places where foreigner "factories" were in the 17th century under King Narai and the Greek adventurer, Constantine Phaulkon AKA Chao Phraya Vichaiyen (Lord of Victory).  The area where the Japanese had been has the most to see with a museum, etc., by the river. The backpack area is centered around the popular Tony's hotel and restaurant. 


The Microsoft Front Page tech guys were very helpful but honestly could you follow their instructions?  I couldn't in a million years:



The left section of the window is a list of the files and folders on your computer. The right section is a list of all your files on the server.  We understand that in the past you were editing your site directly on the server. Unfortunately, Frontpage does not support this functionality via FTP. You will have to download your site first (reverse-publish). In the left section, go to a directory on your computer where you would like the files of your site to reside. Then check the 'Remote To Local' option (it is located near the bottom right corner of the Frontpage window) and click on 'Publish Web Site'. Frontpage will start downloading all your site contents to your computer. You have a lot of files so it may take some time. Once the site is downloaded, you will be able to edit your pages locally and then publish any changes in a similar way as before.



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Famous Thai Sayings Department:  A lovely Thai dancer I know told me she had lost her phone.  I expressed sympathy but assured her sooner or later she would have another.  But apparently she had not copied the numbers of her associates and lost those as well.  As she so well put it: "Lost many darlings."


Not to jump a topic - but I will, some basketball jock named Lebron James, somewhere in some nondescript city in America's Midwest, decided to go for bigger bucks and move to Miami, I think it was.  So fans of his basketball team in the nondescript city were interviewed and they were shocked, saddened and angry.  One guy being interviewed was crying.  Let me see if I have this right: Children die of horrible diseases, thousands of people die in floods and earthquakes, one billion people on this planet go to bed hungry, and this guy was actually fucking crying because some jock with the IQ of a used condom in a rubbish pile at Nana Plaza was leaving to play some children's game in Miami.  Is it me?  Or do sports fans need to get a fucking life?!  Like when I point out to religious fanatics about how children die of horrible diseases or are born without arms or two heads or whatever and I ask why a "loving" God allows such horror if he loves us.  The answer from fanatics in any religion boils down to: God works in mysterious ways.  Yeah, so does my dick on Kamagra Gel, but I don't worship it.

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Khun Nana's Corner

Khun Nana is a savvy local expat who keeps in shape by hitting most of the bars of Nana Plaza as often as possible.  From his vast experience, he will enlighten and entertain us with his recollections of the bar scene be they humorous, tragic or somewhere in between.

It is amazing how spoiled we local guys get to be here in Paradise.  I went to lunch with a friend today who was going on and on about the lass who had spent the night at his place earlier in the week.  Here are his complaints: 

“I chatted with her on the internet and told her I didn’t really have the energy to go meet her in public somewhere so it would be better if she just came by my place.  She came by about 10PM and we watched television for a while and then I suggested we go to bed.  She crawled into bed with me and although she didn’t have a perfect body, she was quite firm and sexy in her own way when I got to see her naked.  So I decided we should have sex, and I must say she was pretty good in the sack for a first-timer (he meant the first time he had met her).  In the morning I turned on my computer and started to get some work done.  She wandered out into the living room and grabbed the remote control and changed the channel (it was on BBC) to some Thai shit.  I really hate that!  Then I told her she should make herself useful instead of wasting time watching TV so she began to iron my clothes and eventually cleaned up the eating area.” 

“Well, as it turns out I hadn’t been paying attention to what she was doing all along as I was working on the computer.  The daft kunt ironed some of my clothes, and yet other items of clothing were folded up neatly in spite of the fact that she hadn’t even ironed them yet! The idiot doesn’t even know the proper way to do laundry.  Then I looked out on the balcony and noticed she had swept up the place and pushed it all out on to the balcony, where it was now all wet because I had a load of laundry in and the overflow for the washer tends to make that area wet.  Well I gave her right chewing out for the poor cleanup effort, and then she started nagging me about what we were going to do together that day!  She hadn’t noticed I was working?  It took me an hour more to get rid of her, and needless to say this was a one-off. I won’t waste my time meeting her again.” 

So to summarize my friend’s disappointment: 

1)  He met this gal on the internet and didn’t have to pick her up or put out any effort. 

2)  He didn’t even have to take her out for drinks or a meal and she came straight over to his apartment in spite of the fact that he was a total stranger.

3)  She watched television with him and went straight into the sack without him even having to spend a single penny on her or put out any effort whatsoever. 

4)  He fucked her brains out and had to admit her performance was first rate.  Of course this was a freebie as she is not a “professional.”

 5)  In the morning his main complaints are that she changed the channel on the TV without asking his permission and that she cleaned his apartment up but did a sub-par job in doing so. 

How can I explain to a guy who has lived in Paradise as long as he has that in any other country in the world that was a dream date, and any normal guy would be living off of the memory for years to come? 

I was walking around Bangkok with a mate the other day, and as usual spotted several thousand super hot girls.  In spite of the absolute over-abundance of spicy hot babes here, every once in a while (just 10 or 20 times a day) one sees a gal so hot that it makes the blood boil.  When this occurred on this particular day I told my friend “the things I am going to do to her would get me arrested in 48 states.”  My friend is a Brit but he obviously knows that there are 50 states in my home country, so when he asked me why only 48 and not 50 my reply was “I suppose the legislature in the other 2 states never enacted laws to cover that behavior, having never envisioned that a person could possibly be that perverted.” 

Bless those poor clueless bastards in Wyoming and Montana!


Until next time.  Khun Nana

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I might just be the laziest person in Bangkok.  I was planning on heading back to Beijing after several years but the Chinese embassy here in Bangkok does not allow anyone to apply for a visa in the afternoon.  That meant I would have to get up early and go all the way over to Radjadapisek.  Long before the massage parlors opened.  So I started an internet search and found that the Vietnam embassy is closer, right on Withayu Road, and they allow applications for visas in the afternoon.  So I switched my travel plans from China to Vietnam so I would not have to get up early.  Yep, a bit lazy.  So next column I'll write up my adventures along with a few pictures.



People in the News

I am leaving this repeat because the last couple of sentences were not saved in August, i.e., this film set in Shanghai in the 30's was actually made in Bangkok near Rachadapisek not far from my favorite massage parlors.  They built their own set.  I wonder which massage parlor the cast headed for at night...



This, of course, is the lovely Chinese actress Gong Li now starring in the film Shanghai.   I had a feeling Shanghai might be a good film, a film for adults, and it wasn't at the Emporium so I went out to Major Cinema Sukhumvit, soi 61, a shopping mall/cinema complex swarming with Thais under 21.  Or less.  Anyway, I knew when I got into the theater that it would be a good film because I was the only one there.   Not just the only farang, the only one in the audience.  Which made it even colder.  Anyway, it is an action-packed film set in Shanghai just before Japan bombs Pearl Harbor and Shanghai and wow what great atmosphere!  It is almost good enough to call it the Casablanca for the East.   Eat at Rick's, get murdered in Shanghai.  It really is a good film, see it!  And as for Gong Li, as we say in mandarin, jen tamade piaoliang!  (fucking beautiful!)


And speaking of films, if you haven't seen the latest Stallone action film - don't.  I like action films but this was just junk.


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A Modest Proposal


During the many years I have been living abroad, a number of changes occurred in the United States, some good, some bad.  One of the great disasters of our time was the creation of the word “Miz.’  To be sure, during an introduction, women have a right to know as much about a man as a man about a woman.  But, let’s be honest, people, especially young people, want to know more about each other, not less.  So instead of combining Mrs. And Miss into “Miz.,’ why didn’t the people involved in this split up the word “Mr.” instead?


For example, let’s say a man is not married, then he could be introduced as 'mister;' and let’s say he is divorced, then he could be introduced as ‘monster;’ and let's say he's also looking for a relationship, so he could be called mister/monster/meister; and let's say he's in the market for a short-time; so that might be 'meester.'  So, for example, a man might introduce myself as 'mister/monster/meister/meester Smith'.  In other words, people should know more about each other when they're introduced, not less!  It might save embarrassment and speed things up.


As for women, if you are not married, you are a 'miss,' and if you are also looking for a relationship, let's say 'miz,' and if you are also interested in being barfined, you might be...'mitten'. 


And that way we know more about each other in a few seconds than most people know after half an hour of conversation.  And we can avoid wasting time on someone who might be only into short-term relationships.


What does this have to do with writing detective novels?  A lot.  Suppose, for example, you meet me at a Bouchercon Mystery Convention or wherever, and I introduce myself as Mister/monster/meister/meester/Hist/Mist Barrett.  Then you would know that I am single, divorced, looking for a long-term relationship, interested in barfining, interested in the field of historical mysteries.  You might introduce yourself as Miss/Miz/Mitten/Cad/Mad, allowing me to know immediately that you are single, looking for a relationship, that you can be barfined, that you love the Brother Cadfael series and that you love novels with mad characters such as in Silence of the Lambs.


It seems to me it would be nice if a little common sense creeped back into our language.  And who better to begin the process than writers of detective novels living in Bangkok?


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Jesus endorsement


There are a few leftist farangs in this fair city who formed themselves into what they call the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) Thailand and are promoting the clichéd Poor Palestinians - Those Nasty Israelis line. I think the group should change its name to NO WE DIDN'T KNOW HAMAS DRAGGED FATAH SOLDIERS OUT OF HOSPITALS AND THREW THEM OFF ROOFS SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN or perhaps YES WE KNOW NO ONE IS STARVING IN GAZA AND THEY ARE IN DARFUR BUT WE ONLY WANT TO BASH ISRAEL AND THE HELL WITH THE CRIMES OF THE MUSLIMS SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN.  At least then it would be truth in advertising.


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Some of the poses and pictures that got the Thailand entry of Miss Universe in trouble.  As usual, hypocritical critics started babbling about Thailand's image, etc.  If Thai male critics and female critics would worry half as much about corruption and cleaning it up, as they do about how women dress, Thailand would be a lot better place in which Thai children could live.



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Sale at Dasa BookStore in September


For the entire month of September there will be a 10% discount off all books in stock. Mail order customers can also receive this discount, but the last day to place orders will be September 28.


This sale price will not include the already discounted books on their Blowout tables. Like regular inventory (it has grown to more than 16,000 books in stock), the number of books on Blowout tables has also increased recently. There is a Blowout table outside the shop and another one on the third floor, but they have so many discounted books that they’ve had to pack the overflow into boxes on the floor. Prices for blowout books range from 29-99 baht.


You can download a complete list of Dasa books in stock (as an Excel spread sheet) under the DasaBase link on their website. This list is updated twice each week, on Sunday and Wednesday. They also post a separate daily list of books that they add to the inventory. That list can be seen under the Daily Book Arrivals page.  


Dasa hours remain the same: Open daily from 10 am to 8 pm.  Sukhumvit Road a couple blocks up from the Emporium.  They have coffee, they have brownies, they even have a couple of my books - so it must be a hi-so establishment.

02 661 2993


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Of Teachers & Hookers



Thai Teacher Caught on Cell Phone Caning Students



(text & video)






NY Sex-Ed Teacher Suspended for Letting Her Students use Words like "Furburger"






Suicide by Hooker



(They thought it was a kinky sex game - It wasn't)




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Not Such a Great Life



Someone sent me this as he said it was on Stickman's site in a reader's letter entitled "Heaven and Earth":

With all this in mind, I have devised a plan. Whether it comes to fruition is anyone’s guess, but like I said I have to try. Worst case, I’ll get to spend some time in a beautiful country, surrounded by beautiful women and devote my free time to more aesthetic pursuits (sitting in a gogo with an ice cold beer admiring brown-skinned beauties is an aesthetic pursuit, isn’t it? Dean Barrett seems to think so, and who am I to argue with that?).
Little does this fellow understand the hardships involved in life out here.  The other day a bar on soi 33 forgot to give me a cold towel when I sat down.  Another bar gave me no peanuts.  Lately, some of the newer girls on Cowboy forget to call me "hansum man."  In Penalty Spot they give good peanuts but they aren't salty enough so I always have to ask for the salt shaker.  And some of the doms don't even know how to tie a rope properly!  And I have to keep my phone on silent all the time because too many women call me.  Years ago, when I used to smoke, I still remember with pain and anguish the Dead Artists Bar in which a girl neglected to light my cigarette for me.  And during the recent election even the Washington Square bars were closed for two days.  The horror!!

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Letters from Readers

Dean: As a loyal reader of your monthly column and a purchaser of two of your books, I offer this reason you should not plug in a refrigerator after it has been moved. The refrigerant/oil is used to cool the compressor. During transport the refrigerant could have moved from the compressor into the cooling grid. If there is not adequate coolant in the compressor it will be damaged by overheating and burn up (or explode). The delivery boys were correct.. Quoting you in "nothing says good-by like a bullet" me being an owner of a CCW I always say" when seconds count the cops are only minutes away"  Stay horny my friend.  M-


Dean, The fridge (or %$#@! fridge to you), as several hundred emails before mine have no doubt already informed you, needs to sit for 20 minutes to allow the chemicals to settle - having been buffeted about during the move.  Yours helpfully, ST


Dean, Went to a funeral today.  

Significant Other wanted to be at this funeral a lot less than she would want to have her wisdom teeth removed without novocaine.  The little girl is from her father's side of the family, all of whom look down on S/O's mother because she didn't have any land of her own to bring into the marriage (forty some years ago---but as those of you from small towns will know, forty years isn't that long in the memory of such places).  Her Mom was there because only her Father can control the cows that they raise (they won't obey S/O's Mother), so he couldn't come.  S/O was there because her father told her that it just wouldn't do for her to be living in Bangkok and not attend the funeral. The funeral was for a five year old girl who drowned on a swimming outing with her Mom and some other kids.  Very tragic.  Although all the specifics of how a funeral is done here are completely different from those at a typical US funeral, there is a human fellowship in facing up to the universal truth of death that makes all those differences totally irrelevant.  Nevertheless, the way this funeral was done was interesting to me.

This little girl's parents are both from the Northeast (as is Significant Other).  The girl's father is a cousin of S/O  on her father's side.  But like most Northeast families, many in the younger generation have made their way to Bangkok to make a living.  So, even though this funeral was held in Bangkok, and although I think there were less than twenty people there who currently reside in the home village, there were still more than a hundred people at the funeral, virtually all family in the broad sense.  I would guess that something like half the population of Bangkok is comprised of North-easterners. 

We got to the funeral at 8:30, having been told that it started at 9:00.  Turns out it had started some time before we got there.  There were nine Buddhist monks seated on a raised platform, chanting.  The men of the family were inside a semi-enclosed room with the monks.  The rest of us were sat in plastic chairs in a covered courtyard in front of this room.  One very interesting thing about Thai religious ceremonies, including this one, is that the chanting (which often, and in this case, comprises almost the entirety of the ceremony) is in Pali, an ancient Indian language used to record the Buddha's sermons (several hundred years after they were delivered).  Pali is related to Thai in exactly the same way that Latin is related to English.  There's a lot of Pali in Thai, but the average Thai does not understand Pali.  And, unless a commentary in Thai is interjected into the chanting (which it sometimes is, but was not today), the average person sitting with their hands placed together in a "wai", listening to this chanting, has no more idea of what's being chanted than would you if you were there.  Partly, but only partly, because of this, Thais feel perfectly free to chat during such ceremonies.  And move around from area to area greeting one another.  

After the chanting, we were invited to go and pay our respects to the departed.  This we did by lighting an incense stick and "wai-ing" the coffin.  After all of us had done that, they opened the coffin for viewing for anyone who wanted to go look.  Not my cup of tea, so I didn't go.  Then the pall bearers came forward and picked up the coffin and we formed a procession behind them and we walked around the crematory three times.  This took us sort of underneath a part of the crematory, and no attempt whatsoever had been made to clean up or make neat what was basically a storage area filled with unused junk of all descriptions.  It also serves, clearly, as a, how can I put this delicately, "bathroom" for the numerous stray dogs and cats that always inhabit a temple (when Thais tire of a pet, leaving it at the temple is always a more attractive alternative than putting the animal down, thereby committing the sin of killing a living being.  So most Thais are vegetarians, right?  Nope.  "I ate the cow.  I didn't KILL it!").  Therefore, the storage area was, shall we say, a perfect setting for the "before" part of a Glade Air Freshener "before" and "after" demonstration.  So, here we go, marching around this crematory and through this mess.  Does this hit anyone's radar screen?  Other than mine, not so far as I could tell.  This aspect of this culture never ceases to amaze me.  Thais literally don't appear to SEE what reaches out and screams for attention to my western eyes.  They typically live in houses that are so cluttered and chaotic that I can barely stand to visit briefly, let alone live in such conditions.  They are not dirty people.  They bathe a couple of times a day.  They are quite fastidious about their personal hygiene and cleanliness.  But chaos just doesn't ping on their sonars.

We then sat down.  The more honored of the male attendees were given the task of presenting new monk's robes to the officiating monks.  Then we were each given a paper flower.  We placed this flower sort of under the coffin.  Then the coffin was slid into the crematorium (after the fake gold handles were pried off the coffin in plain view of everyone) and the fire was lit.  When there was no more black smoke coming out of the chimney of the crematorium, the funeral was over. The last thing to happen was that one of the monks threw out handfuls of small denomination coins wrapped in tin foil. People picked these up for good luck.  During the time the body was being cremated, various and sundry lottery ticket sellers were making their way through the audience.  Occasions like this are thought to present unique opportunities for choosing the winning ticket--maybe some combination of the deceased's birthday or the date they died or whatever.  And NO occasion would be considered off limits to being used to win the lottery, for God's sake!

We then greeted everyone in the gathering whom we had not previously greeted.  Significant Other's relationship with a western man has been a topic of some considerable discussion in the village (which still includes everyone who has moved to Bangkok, of course, since none of them will ever consider "home" to be anywhere but their home village).  So I got some long looks.

That was it.  Interesting morning. Mike York




Hi Dean, I continue to read your blog religiously. 
I really enjoyed your comments two months ago (1 June - 30 June 2010) drawing a parallel between protests in SF State in the 1960s and the Red Shirts. I am guessing you now have some peace loving hippies lining up waiting to kill you (after the muslims (small case on purpose)) with their Colt peacemakers. I also loved your comments about the "Everglades...teeming with fucking alligators" (1 July - 31 July 2010). Add the "bleeding heart liberals who defend fucking killer whales" to the list of people that will now be out to get you. BTW, where can I get a naked oil covered beauty that you showed on your blog? I want one. Finally, regarding Oksana Grigorieva (1 August - 31 August 2010), you said "I would not kick her out of bed..." Perhaps. But I do not think she be in your bed in the first place. She is 40, which is way too old for someone like you who can choose a young Thai chick 18-29 any morning, day, or night of the week. WTH. Oksana is old enough to be the mother of the parade of Nataree girls you post on your blog. In fact, it makes me wonder if she spent any time in Bangkok 20 some years ago.  Best, S T


Sent from his I-phone by a U.S. Marine friend of mine:

Just now on Suk Soi 20 walking to my Hotel!!! 0100 2 Aug 10.  This idiot on a motor scooter, maybe Italian about 25 years old, with ok English pulls up in his blaze orange slicker, pulls out some sort of badge and asks if I am, of all things, Irish! He says he is tourist police. I say, "No you are not..."

He: "Ok, you show me your passport now."I have to go to the Embassy for a meeting about this Wikki crap so tonight to make sure I am ready I actually have my id and credentials on me.  Part of a game I play with my buddies at the Embassy.

Me: "No you are not...." pull out my ID "...because I am US Police."  He: {really figitty} "errr ok err you err  follow me now...." and turns the motor bike around and takes off.

Ok, this was surreal to me. Never even heard of that happening before. The balls on this guy!!! Anyone ever here of that crap before, esp with a non-thai guy!!!!

It is flat out the first time crime, all be it bad stupid crime, I have experienced. I am almost insulted that this punk even tried it....!

I was so flustered by the balls on this guy I did not react more than I did. (Which I think was pretty good!)

Had it ever happened before I would have asked to hold his ID.... and kept it.





Hi Dean,

A friend of mine recently told me to contact you for advice.  I like so many others dream of living in Thailand.  I'm not following the working girl of my dreams as I hear many do.  I'm in a position where I am 43 years old with a great job but no joy in my job or location.  I have decided I want to move to Thailand and see if I can make it there.  I know I won't get the kind of pay I'm used to and even finding a job will be very difficult.  Not to bore you to death with my life story.  What I am hoping you can advise me on is how to live in Thailand without being gouged as a farang. Any advice you can give me on where to live and ideas on how much I should expect to pay for a good but not elaborate apartment.  Any wisdom you would be willing to share is greatly appreciated.  I have been there many times but only as a tourist.

Thank you for you time,





Hi, You have already done the right thing by visiting here several times before leaping which puts you ahead of most.  Learn some of the culture and language and you have a better understanding of what is going on and how sincere the lady you might come to love really is.  Apartments range from any price, from a few thousand baht for a big place in Chiang Rai and upcountry towns to more expensive places in BKK.  Have enough money when you make the move because it is important to assume you will not find work or possibly be denied a work visa for some reason.  So make sure you have some kind of financial nest egg before giving up that great job.  And good luck.


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"At least one thing seems certain: against people who are ready to die in the cause of destroying freedom, people who are not willing to speak up for freedom for fear of being called a racist or an Islamophobe don't stand much chance of victory."



More News on the "Religion of Peace"


The "Religion of Peace" continues to visit Southern Thailand


Just some of the recent atrocities committed by Muslims in Thailand



2010.08.26 (Yala, Thailand) - Muslim terrorists gun down a Buddhist railway worker.

2010.08.26 (Narathiwat, Thailand) - A 30-year-old teacher is shot to death by Islamic radicals while leaving school.


2010.08.26 (Pattani, Thailand) - A 52-year-old man is killed in a Muslim ambush.


2010.08.25 Thailand Pattani - A 57-year-old rubber tapper is killed by drive-by Jihadis.


2010.08.23 Thailand Pattani - Two civilians are machine-gunned to death by Muslim insurgents in separate attacks.


2010.08.20 Thailand Yala - A 63-year-old civilian is shot to death by Muslim terrorists.


2010.08.14 Thailand Pattani - A local cop is shot to death by Islamic militants while traveling to work.


2010.08.14 Thailand Yala - A Buddhist man and wife are brutally murdered by Muslim gunmen while riding to their plantation.


2010.08.09 Thailand Narathiwat - Muslim terrorists stab and partially behead a young plantation worker.


2010.08.07 Thailand Pattani - A Buddhist husband and wife are murdered by Muslim gunmen in their motorcycle shop. Their 4-year-old nephew is wounded.


2010.08.07 Thailand Yala - Muslim terrorists kill an off-duty soldier on his motorcycle.


2010.08.07 Thailand Narathiwat - A 43-year-old Buddhist woman is brutally machine-gunned to death by Muslim radicals on her farm.


2010.08.04 Thailand Pattani -A Buddhist is gunned down in an Islamist drive-by.


2010.07.27 Thailand Narathiwat -A 50-year-old villager is murdered outside his hom by Muslim gunmen.


2010.07.27 Thailand Yala -A 26-year-old man is gunned down by Islamic insurgents.


2010.07.27 Thailand Pattani -Two civilians are shot to death by Muslim militants in separate drive-bys.


2010.07.21 Thailand Pattani -A civilian is gunned down by Muslim militants while on his way home from a tea shop.


2010.07.18 Thailand Pattani -A middle-aged Buddhist man is among two people shot to death by Islamists in separate attacks.


2010.07.18 Thailand Narathiwat -A Malaysian karaoke bar owner is shot to death by Muslim extremists.


2010.07.16 Thailand Yala -A 53-year-old Buddhist woman bleeds to death after Islamists set off two bombs, killing two people.


2010.07.14 Thailand Yala -A villager is gunned down by Islamic terrorists.


2010.07.12 Thailand Narathiwat -Islamic insurgents ambush and murder a 55-year-old cop.


2010.07.04 Thailand Yala -Two people are killed when Islamic insurgents detonate a bomb outside a school.



And Many More badly Wounded



(Isn't it interesting how silent the Bangkok Post is about all this.  Yet they have lots of space to run stories and photos on pandas and a boring, predictable column written by a Muslim fanatic every other Sunday.)






Over 4,250 Thais including monks and teachers and children have been murdered by Muslims in Southern Thailand and

over 45 Thais have been beheaded including Buddhist monks






Thank you, Time Magazine for showing exactly what Muslim men are doing and the barbaric practices of Afghani ethnic groups as well.  (Her ears were cut off as well.)




"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction." (Blaise Pascal, mathematician, 1670)



Stop Honorcide!


Picture of the month:
Ramadan Ramada?  When the Religion of Peace
checked into
this Mogadishu hotel last week, 33 other souls checked out.

Ramadan 2010 Scorecard

Day 16

In the name of
The Religion
of Peace

In the name of
All Other

Terror Attacks



Dead Bodies




THE RELIGION OF PEACE (in the real world)






The survivor, an Afghan driver named Saifullah, told police he was let go because he recited verses from the Koran

Dr Karen Woo holds a baby at the French Medical Institute for Children in Kabul (Photo: Firuz Rahimi)




















Not Arab enough?  There are no starving Muslims in Gaza,
but there are plenty in Darfur.  So, where's their 'aid flotilla'?


When not complaining about ''Islamophobia', the Muslim community
 busies itself with racking up dead Christians.  Two weeks ago, a
young  family was
beaten to death by an Islamic mob in Pakistan. 
Last week, a Protestant pastor was
gunned down in Russia. 
Christian children  were
hacked to death in Nigeria over the weekend.
 And, on Monday, two Christian brothers falsely accused of blasphemy
murdered while in handcuffs outside a courtroom (pictured).






Killed by Muslim fathers, brothers, etc., for trying to live as a human being


Chicago campaign on taxis to stop the Islamization of America & the killing of Muslim women by their family members


This woman had a nose once; until Muslim men decided she wasn't Muslim enough.  Women want go to school?  Talk to a non-relative?  Muslim men have ways to stop that.  Acid, for one.  Click on the photographs.

91 percent of honor killings worldwide are done by Muslims

84 percent of honor killings in US done by Muslims



    Happening Now in America:

Islamic foot-washing basins in airports; Shariah finance being introduced by American banks; college campuses designating Islamic prayer rooms for Muslims only; Islamic compounds practicing Shariah law springing up across America; public schools using tax dollars to indoctrinate American students into Islam; demands by Muslim parents that their children be provided private prayer rooms in their public schools; Muslim workers demanding special workplace accommodations no other religious person would ask for; creative people being threatened as with South Park; publishers self-censoring out of fear of Muslim anger and hate; plays self-censored out of fear of Muslim backlash; Muslim taxi drivers refusing to allow guide dogs for the blind in their taxis; and the list goes on.  And on.  And on.


"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog...No stronger retrograde force exists in the world (than Islam)." Winston Churchill


Mohammad Playing with his Six-year-old Bride to Be

The so-called Prophet Muhammad Married a six-year-old named Aisha and had Sex with the girl by the time she was nine (if not before).  Mohammad ordered the death of two poets who mocked him as well as killed many others.  The Koran is full of hate for non-believers which it equates with "evil-doers."  Islam is not a religion: it is a fanatical brotherhood and hate-filled ideology.  The West continues to ignore the fact that Islam is a clear and present danger to anyone who believes in free speech, an independent judiciary, free press, etc., etc.  Self-censorship is now being practiced in Europe and America to appease Muslims.  The more Muslims a country lets in, the more problems it will have.


Raping boys is called "MAN-LOVING DAY"

Is She or isn't he?

"Sexual abuse of boys in the Islamic religious schools known as madrasas is not uncommon, and neither is the rape of boys in Afghanistan, especially on Thursday, known as “man-loving day,” because Friday prayers are thought to absolve a sinner of all his guilt."



"All it takes for evil to triumph is for enough good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

Ibn Warraq:

The cartoons in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten raise the most important question of our times: freedom of expression. Are we in the west going to cave into pressure from societies with a medieval mindset, or are we going to defend our most precious freedom -- freedom of expression, a freedom for which thousands of people sacrificed their lives? A democracy cannot survive long without freedom of expression, the freedom to argue, to dissent, even to insult and offend...Unless, we show some solidarity, unashamed, noisy, public solidarity with the Danish cartoonists, then the forces that are trying to impose on the Free West a totalitarian ideology will have won; the Islamization of Europe will have begun in earnest.



Muslim extremists brandishing banners calling British soldiers 'Butchers'


  • "The sword of Muhammad and the Quran are the most fatal enemies of civilization, liberty, and the truth which the world has yet known." - The eminent orientalist Sir William Muir (1819-1905)




    Iran 23

    "All religions take care to silence or to execute those who question them...It has, however, been some time since Judaism and Christianity resorted openly to torture and censorship. Not only did Islam begin by condemning all doubters to eternal fire, but it still claims the right to do so in almost all of its dominions, and still preaches that these same dominions can and must be extended by war." - Christopher Hitchens, God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything





    'If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel.' - Benjamin Netanyahu




    The Bodies of Two Dead Gays in Iran


    (killed by adherents of "the religion of peace")




    There is not one Muslim country in the world which gives equal rights to non-Muslims but when Muslims enter other countries they demand more than equal rights!  Write your congressman and tell him to stop kowtowing to Muslims.


    “Religion is an insult to human dignity.  With or without it, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things.  But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”        --        by Nobel Laureate physicist Steven Weinberg. 



    "Mohammad poisoned the sources of human felicity at the fountain, by degrading the condition of the female sex...and he declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind. The essence of his doctrine was violence and lust: to exalt the brutal over the spiritual part of human nature" - John Quincy Adams




    —The unbelievers are your inveterate enemy. (4:101)
    —Mohammed is God’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another. (48:29).
    —It is unlawful for a believer to kill another believer, accidents excepted. (4:92)
    —Believers, take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends. (5:51)
    —Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God’s religion shall reign supreme. (8:40)
    —Fight against them until idolatry is no more and God’s religion reigns supreme. (2:193)
    —The true believers fight for the cause of God, but the infidels fight for the devil.  (4:76)
    —We will put terror into the hearts of the unbelievers. (3:151)
    —I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers. (8:12)

    —Muhammad said to the Jews: “If you embrace Islam, you will be safe. You should know that the earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle, and I want to expel you from this land. “
    — Allah’s Apostle said, “You (i.e. Muslims) will fight with the Jews till some of them will hide behind stones. The stones will (betray them) saying, ‘O ‘Abdullah (i.e. slave of Allah)! There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him.‘ “
    —Mohammed said, “I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, “None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, and whoever says, “ None has the right to be worshipped but Allah , his life and property will be saved by me.“ (otherwise it will not). Vol. 4:196
    —Mohammed said, “Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him.“ Vol. 9:57
    —Mohammed said, “ No Muslim should be killed for killing a Kafir” (infidel). Vol. 9:50
    —Muhammad said: “Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war, … “. (Sahih Muslim 4294)






    Some books that tell it like it is!


    Now on trial in Holland for "insulting Islam"



    The Islamization of Europe

    Muslims are rapidly destroying freedom in Europe and have even brought about self-censorship and real censorship in the United States.  But there is one city in Holland where a new reality can be seen with the naked eye, more than anywhere else. Here, entire neighborhoods look as if they have been lifted from the Middle East, here stand the largest mosques in Europe, here parts of sharia law are applied in the courts and theaters, here many of the women go around veiled, here the mayor is a Muslim, the son of an imam.  This city is Rotterdam, Holland's second largest city by population, and the largest port in Europe by cargo volume.  Europeans, especially politicians, will not lift a finger to fight against Islamofascism.  And future generations will pay the price. 

    The hate-filled Quran (Koran) consistently uses offending remarks whenever it mentions non-Muslims. It describes non-Muslims as animals (Q.7: 179, Q.25: 44, Q.47: 12). Then it describes the Jews as donkeys Q. 62:5 then as apes and pigs (Q.2: 65, Q. 5:60, Q. 7:166). To be described as an animal is a bad insult in Arabic culture, but pigs, apes and donkeys are particularly bad.  "Religion of Peace," my ass. 


    More people are killed by Islamists each year than in all 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition combined. (source)




    Please note, I do not and never would advocate violence against individual Muslims in any community.  For one thing, the guy you beat up with a baseball bat may turn out to have just escaped from some horrible Islamic regime.  Individual violence against Muslims or doing damage to mosques, etc., is just stupid and is also counterproductive as Muslim fanatics will show pictures of that all over the Muslim world to incite people against the West. 

    A good case can be made that Islam is a fanatical brotherhood masquerading as a religion, and, indeed, the adherents of Islam often act that way.   But, as individuals, a Muslim neighbor might possibly be more honest than a Christian neighbor.  It is only that the Muslim will have been brought up in a religion/brotherhood with a medieval mindset that is centuries behind the times and has a penchant for violence, especially against those who criticize the Koran and other aspects of Islam.   Winning the war against Muslim fanatics will take a long time and be hard-fought but, assuming people wake up to the clear and present danger of Islam, it can and will be won.  But we must demand that more and more moderate Muslims join the fight against fanatical Muslims.   We must demand that our leaders absolutely reject any "compromise" on our right to free expression.  Compromising with the fanatics pulls the rug out from the Muslim moderates desperately trying to reform and secularize Islam.  And we must never bow to Muslim demands to curb our hard-won freedom of expression.   And freedom of expression always includes satire and even insulting satire including satire of glorified tribal myths called religion.

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