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A Brass Pole in Bangkok : A Thing I Aspire to Be
by Fred Reed


Overview - ""Oprah? I remember her," said Uncle Hant reflectively. "Looks like five hundred pounds of bear liver in a plastic bag?"

" So go the essays in "A Brass Pole in Bangkok," sometimes wildly funny, sometimes deadly serious, always merciless in their unmasking of the pretenses and charlatans of society.  Read more...


 
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Overview
""Oprah? I remember her," said Uncle Hant reflectively. "Looks like five hundred pounds of bear liver in a plastic bag?"

" So go the essays in "A Brass Pole in Bangkok," sometimes wildly funny, sometimes deadly serious, always merciless in their unmasking of the pretenses and charlatans of society. Fred, a former Marine, subscribes to no ideology ("an ideology is just a systematic way of misunderstanding the world") but exuberantly wreaks havoc on practically everything, and delights in everything else: the psychotherapy swindle, squalling feminists, race racketeers, damn fool wars, red-light districts in Asia, and tequila fests in Mexico, where he lives.

Why marry, he asks? And answers: "As a young man full of dangerous steroids, your answer will probably be, 'Ah, because her hair is like corn silk under an August moon; her lips are as rubies and her teeth, pearls; and her smile would make a dead man cry.' This amounts to, 'I'm horny, ' with elaborations."

Behind the folksy approach lie a great deal of reading and thought by a man who has spent a lifetime in journalism, much of it overseas in places like Cambodia and Taiwan, where you find the snake butchers.but that is inside.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780595393909
  • ISBN-10: 059539390X
  • Publisher: iUniverse
  • Publish Date: June 2006
  • Page Count: 340
  • Dimensions: 9.02 x 5.98 x 0.76 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


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