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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 44 comments The Old Man (Malaysia, 1995).

Originally published (unabridged) in McSweeney's #7 : "Each story is published separately in booklet form, held together by a blue and grey hardboard clamshell" -- but now The Old Man is frequently sold as a stand alone in the used books sphere for about ten bucks.

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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 44 comments Just another little bump :: The Old Man: A Case Study From Rising Up And Rising Down is available for about ten bucks on amazon. In case you ain't got all of RURD and want at least a little bit ::

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Jonathan (nathandjoe) | 2 comments Ordered.

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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 44 comments Any thoughts? I can't say I know anything about Thailand and what Bill is writing about here. But did any thoughts occur to you in regard to what we might extrapolate from it, generalize about it in such a way to shed some kind of light on questions about present day extremist Islamic groups? Thinking especially of his interviews with the defectors, the reasons given for why people were signing up in the first place when it doesn't appear to be the case that they were in it for the sake of Allah.

Or in a similar vein, anything to extrapolate about questions of national/ethnic/religious/class diversity as experienced then in Thailand and Malaysia?

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