Category Archives: writing


Not everyone is cut out to be a drinker. It’s an exacting devotion. Appreciation and dedication are not to be found at TGIFs or mall beer joints, unless the serious drinker has no other choice, since everyone knows that drinking alone is a serious indication of alcoholism. As long as there’s one other living person […]

On Writing – Patrick Dennis

“I always start writing with a clean piece of paper and a dirty mind.” – Patrick Dennis, author of AUNTIE MAME.

Atheism – Kingsley Amis

“Yevgeny Yevtushenko: ‘You atheist?’ “Kingsley Amis: ‘Well, yes, but it’s more that I hate him.” ― Kingsley Amis Foto for gratuitous titillation by Ali Formenti

Gore Vidal RIP

Gore Vidal passed away at the tender age of 86. The provocative novelist wrote twenty-five novels on social and historical issues. My favorite book was 1876 about the stolen election between Samuel Tilden and the Republican Rutherford B. Hayes, which harbingered the flawed 2000 election between GW Bush and Al Gore, whom was a distant […]

Up Country Blackout

I’m upcountry in the Western Forests of Thailand. There are no farangs on the mountainous border on Burma. Just me and that’s more than enough for me, so please excuse the absence on Mangozeen, but I’ve been re-writing my hitchhiking novel BACK AND FORTH I’ll be back in civilization this evening. Have the London Olympics […]