A Writer's Notebook
For those interested in writing, reading,
Assassins: A Fairytale (or)
How Religious Fanatics and Politically Correct Assholes
are Killing the Arts (and sometimes the Artists)
Around the World
On Board A Tall Ship
The 24-gun frigate HMS Rose
What Animal Corresponds to Your Time of Birth
(and why it matters)
Advice for the Lovelorn:
A Respected Scholar offers Advice
for Confused & Beautiful Young Women
Herbs and Spices in History
Those wonderful things that make your pad thai gai worth eating
Need to lose weight and improve your sex life?
A Farang Hypnotherapist in the Land of Smiles
One-Act Plays you Might Enjoy
(Because they're short & sexy)
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