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Books: An awful waste of time

PHUKET: In 2002 Michel Faber published The Crimson Petal and the White, an extraordinary novel of shifting social strata set in a time and...

Reversals in life and love

PHUKET: I needed a break. After reviewing three 600-page books in a row, I found a nice change of pace in Paul Theroux's Mr....

When in Rome, read Hughes

PHUKET: In the 1950s, Robert Hughes was part of a group of students at Sydney University – including Germaine Greer and Clive James –...

Henning Mankell lets down readers with ‘A Treacherous Paradise’

PHUKET: I picked up Henning Mankell's A Treacherous Paradise (Knopf, New York, 2013, 360pp) because I was interested in reading a novel about Mozambique....

Phuket Humor: Introducing Geckoman, Thailand’s newest superhero

PHUKET: Many years ago I invented a superhero for Thailand called Geckoman. He was modeled on Spider-Man, but with significant differences to make him...

Phuket Humor: The robots are coming

PHUKET: Robots are now writing newspaper stories. A "Quakebot" used by the Los Angeles Times recently wrote a report on an earthquake just by...

DJ Kimball Collins at XANA beach club

DJ Kimball Collins, a true pioneer of the American electronic music scene, who keeps traveling the world electrifying crowds and staying true to breaking...

Moving walls, puzzles, sacred tombs – escape if you can

PHUKET: In that magic moment between when the sun has set on Patong Beach and the nightlife hasn't kicked off, there now exists the...

Crowning glory of a great novelist

PHUKET: Once a decade, Donna Tartt produces a hefty, great novel. At age 28, she published The Secret History, a murder mystery centered on...

Video Report: Get ready for Snow White

PHUKET: The cast members of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' are already in Phuket, getting ready for their weekend performances of the evergreen...
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