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A Wall or Not

A WALL OR NOT THE QUESTION SHAKING UP AMERICA By Harold Stephens “There’s something about a wall,” wrote Robert Frost in his poem The Mending Wall, and then he asked—“is a wall is to keep someone in or to keep something out.” That seems to be the question in America these days: should the government…

A Castle in the Jungle

A CASTLE IN THE JUNGLE By Harold Stephens Editors note: The following story about Kelley’s Castle is taken from the chapter “The Search for Lost Cities” in Harold Stephens’ book “Return to Adventure Southeast Asia.” It is interesting to note that one of the location scenes for the recent movie “Anna and the King of…

Jim Thompson and other white shadows

JIM THOMPSON AND OTHER WHITE SHADOWS By Harold Stephens I was in Khao San Raod the other day—to find out what the fuss is about the place—and sat drinking a Fanta in a street side café. At the next table were two backpackers, and I couldn’t help overhearing their conversation. One backpacker mentioned he had…

An Inspirational Account Of Sailing The High Seas And Being At The Mercy Of Nature

AN INSPIRATIONAL ACCOUNT OF SAILING THE HIGH SEAS AND BEING AT THE MERCY OF NATURE By Tony Waltham Bangkok Post Staff I must say that I really enjoyed “re-reading” this latest edition about the travels of the schooner Third Sea and I found that the enhancements over “The Last Voyage” — which I had read…

The Language Gap

THE LANGUAGE GAP By Doug Ingold Doug Ingold is one of our authors with many fine books to his credit (see books). He is also the editor of Wolfenden Publishing, and being an editor he knows the subject of language. In this story he tells about the “language gap.” What a strange phenomenon language is,…

What Every Man Needs, A Good Jeep

WHAT EVERY MAN NEEDS, A GOOD JEEP by Harold Stephens I had always wanted a Jeep. I mean a real Jeep, one of those rugged military issues that were lightweight, powerful and could go anywhere. I fell in love with them when I was in the service, and once when I was stationed in China….

Scenes From Paris

SCENES FROM PARIS By Doug Ingold Doug Ingold is one of our authors with many fine books to his credit (see book). He is also the co-founder of Wolfenden Publishing, In this story he tells about his recent trip to Paris. In the Musee D’Orsay, home of the world’s greatest collection of impressionistic art, hundreds…

Chatuchak, Shopping At It’s Best

CHATUCHAK, SHOPPING AT IT’S BEST by Harold Stephens One of the first questions I am asked by visitors coming to Bangkok is, “Where is the best place to shop?” My impulse is to tell them that all of Bangkok is a grand shopping arena. It’s true. By their very nature the Thais are shopkeepers and…

Misunderstood–Capt. Bligh of the Bounty

MISUNDERSTOOD––CAPT. BLIGH OF THE BOUNTY By Harold Stephens The mutiny that occurred aboard HMS Bounty in 1789 is the most infamous and the most talked about mutiny in all history. The court-martial that took place in England after the mutiny tried in vain to exonerate Captain William Bligh of any wrong-doing but in effect it…

What is a Beautiful Woman?

WHAT IS A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN? by Harold Stephens It was a number of years ago that I came to the conclusion that a beautiful woman isn’t really what we make her out to be. It came to me suddenly, like being hit with a lightening bolt. Ever since, I’ve held my own idea about beauty….

The Writer Who Made Southeast Asia Known To The World—Joseph Conrad

THE WRITER WHO MADE SOUTHEAST ASIA KNOWN TO THE WORLD––JOSEPH CONRAD By Harold Stephens “Who was the most interesting person you interviewed?” Who could that be? It’s a question that’s often asked when people learn that I write about people—newspaper stories, magazine articles, even books. Who’s the most interesting person? I’d like to answer by saying…

Good Biographies Make Good History Books

Book reviews Jorges Orgibet and Roy Howard by Harold Stephens “You have a good memory,” people often say to me when they are referring to something I have written pertaining to history. I will pass on a trade secret. It isn’t memory. It’s knowing where to look for history. And one of the best sources…