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Bangkok Days by Lawrence Osborne
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Mar 13, 10

Read in March, 2010

New York Times writer Lawrence Osborne planned a trip to Bangkok and when he found he could live there on only a few dollars a day, he decides to stay indefinitely. In Bangkok Days, Osborne acts as a tour guide without inhibitions, bringing to light the draw of this Far East city.
Also, he is a prolific writer; my favorite passage is in response to his visit to a brothel when he realizes his two prostitutes are very, (too) young girls, sadly named "Bum" and "Cartoon". The young girls approach him wielding, sets of handcuffs and a vibrator. Osborne writes "It's just that there comes a moment when the whole thing turns on a dime and the wings of desire are clipped by an unknown hand. And so with a certain sorrow, and a feeling of confused regret, I said goodbye to the surprised officers of the law, and fled."
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