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Posts tagged Paul Theroux

Writer Chris Taylor on Global Travel and Tom Vater’s The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu

Chris Taylor, author of Harvest Season, a dystopian backpacker novel set in China that I recently reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, recaps and comments one of our meetings in Bangkok and our discussion on the future  of backpacking, guidebooks and my novel The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu, which will be republished as an e-book […]

Tom Vater’s 2006 non-fiction title Beyond the Pancake Trench bootlegged in Cambodia

While I was in Cambodia last week, I noticed that my 2006 non-fiction title Beyond the Pancake Trench is still available as a photocopied bootleg in several outlets around the country. My very own work, pirated by nefarious greedy people, does not sell nearly as well as the multitude of Lonely Planet titles that are […]

Paul Theroux in Bangkok

Bestselling travel writer Paul Theroux was in Bangkok this week to deliver the key note speech for the 2009 Southeast Asian Writers Award at a royally attended gala dinner. On Saturday, October 11th, I bumped into Mr. Theroux in Kinokunya at Siam Paragon, one of the city’s larger book stores. Mr. Theroux was there to […]

LONELY AT THE TOP – Tom Vater commemorates the death of David Carradine in Bangkok

In The Great Railway Bazaar, published in 1975, best-selling travel writer Paul Theroux described Bangkok as “a hugely preposterous city of temples and brothels”. More than thirty years later, first time visitors to the City of Angels could be forgiven for thinking that Theroux‘s analysis is as valid today as it might have been then, in […]

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