via sillyricepaper, sex trade tourism in Thailand. Notable for a lack of hysterics, and also this:
Men are capable of holidaying for reasons other than fornication with strangers. There is golf, after all.
It's like a little poem.
The article would be satire if it wasn't true. The new face of gonzo journalism?
A better indicator of the money around in the prostitution business came last year from Chuwit Kamolvisit, who was employing 2,000 prostitutes in six luxury massage parlours in Bangkok (which he liked to refer to as "semen collection centres"). Chuwit, the "Tub Tycoon," is an amusing rogue—"very un-Thai," they say here—who in February 2005 became an opposition member of parliament with an anti-corruption agenda.
Progress notes for 22 April 2005
Whiskey & Water
New Words: 2,592
Total Words: 48,073
Reason for stopping: Sleepy. And made up some of the bad days recently.
Mammalian Assistance: Marlowe and Mebd actually consented to share my desk today for quite a while, which is a minor miracle. Also, the big dog needed thumping, for he was sad.
Stimulants: seltzer, Cyclone herb tea, Russian Samovar Blend tea
Mail: rejection from The Atlantic Monthly and a sale to Interzone, which means that that charming magazine will now be publishing two of the Abby Irene novelettes, "Wax" and "Wane." (There are two more that are started that I need to write one of these days--"Paddareen" and "Lucifugous," although properly speaking, "Lucifugous" is a Don Sebastien novelette rather than an Abby Irene one. They're Randall Garrett riffs, and I love them so.) Which means, I think, that I've fulfilled one of my ambitions, and sold a serial! Whee! I feel all firmly founded in genre today.
Today's words Word don't know: Ptolemaic, armillary, iatrochemistry, Ophiucus, vomitus, unregarded, puddled
Tyop du jour: n/a
Darling du jour: n/a
Books in progress, but not at all quickly: Ed Sanders, Tales of Beatnik Glory; Neal Stephenson, Quicksilver, Sarah Monette, Kekropia
Interesting research tidbit of the day: n/a
Other writing-related work: Three chapters critted for truepenny, a short story edited, two submissions sent out, some more edits on "And the Deep Blue Sea," and various correspondence. So really, the fact that Whiskey & Water is stuck until I figure out the mechanics of this oh-so-plot-critical scene (Yes, boys and girls, page 200 and I've found the plot) doesn't mean I'm not being productive. Really. (Oh, look, I bitched and got unstuck. It always works.)
Also, I've decided that the achy neck and headache were the precursor to some mild sort of bug, as they are persisting, and I am even achier today. Also, tired. *zonk*
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