Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman Review—A Stunning WWII Epic

Book cover art of Vasily Grossman's Life and Fate, a silhouette soldier on a beige background

In the first chapter novel, Grossman ponders: …How could a man be unhappy outside the camp? And from there, such striking and evocative turns-of-phrase pack the pages of Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate. Today we’ll review his war epic, often dubbed the Soviet War and Peace… Spanning across Russia’s Eastern front, from the encircled Stalingrad … Read more

Bangkok: Sightseeing, Wat Pho, Thai Police, and More!

Bangkok Sightseeing

Today is finally the day for sightseeing in Bangkok. It didn’t disappoint. Day 6. Diary date: October 7th, 2019. Waking up, leaving Chinatown I wake up with a clear head, and check out of ‘Our Secret Base’. We wave goodbye to our hosts, particularly the cat Master Yoda! In retrospect, we might’ve been better off … Read more

A Lazy and Hungover Day in Bangkok


My hope for a hangover-free day was in vain. We wake up ridiculously late: around 3 PM. I don’t even know if I can blame the jet lag for this one. Day 5. Diary date: October 6th, 2019. What did we do today? The plan for today was sightseeing in Bangkok, but S and I … Read more

Bangkok First Impressions: Chinatown, Khaosan Road

Picture of Bangkok, view from ICONSIAM

From ICONSIAM and the bustling streets of Bangkok’s Chinatown to the madness of Khaosan Road. A first day to remember. Day 4. Diary date: October 5th, 2019. What did we do first? We just about wake up in time for midday checkout and walk to a nearby mall called ICONSIAM. As I wrote in the … Read more

All I Understand Is That I Don’t Understand – Toe

Picture of Toe's album cover

The highlight from a great album, ‘The Book About My Idle Plot On A Vague Anxiety’ from Japanese band Toe. A song that achieves the quality of being introspective, without having any words. Super expressive guitars and drums weave over each other in a way that’s difficult to forget. It’s the type of song that … Read more

A 20-hour Journey: London to Beijing to Bangkok


Antics on the flight The flight from London to Bejing left before midnight yesterday — it’s now just past midnight GMT as I write. Day 3. Diary date: October 4th, 2019. Instead of going straight to sleep as two sensible travellers would, we sync up a film on the in-flight entertainment. Fantastic Beasts and Where … Read more