William Blake

New year best seller's list

A list from my beloved Isaan

As a keen student of sociology, it behooves one to indulge earnestly in the literature of one’s adoptive homeland. It is timely, therefore, to release the New Year’s Best Sellers List from my beloved Isaan. Truly, a barometer of the local culture and lifestyle…

Clear and Present Lethargy: The new military / action/ suspense thriller by Somchai Clancy centres on one Isaan man and his life-or-death struggle with his own innate inertness. “Shade and hammock wait for no man.” Laziness has never been so riveting. All Action. All the time.

The Buffalo Whisperer: A rugged out-doors type with a heart of gold; Somchai is the world's first water-buffalo 'whisperer'. He doesn't help people with buffalo problems, oh no! He helps buffalo with people problems. Unfortunately, the buffalo don't pay him very much, so he deals a little 'tranquiliser' on the side…

A Tale of Two Tambons: 'It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. Then it was better for a bit, then it got worse again. Then it was the best of the worst of times, then it was the worst of the best of times, then it was som-tam time and everyone forgot about everything, including the time…' Somchai Dickens' timeless classic will never be forgotten by those who’ve read it, but who has the time?

The Catcher in the Rice: Follow Somchai Caulfield's coming-of-age adventures as the slightly homophobic and mildly delusional funster flunks out of yet another school, (even though the pass mark on his multiple choice exam was 25%). He also complains a lot. A fun read.

Zen and the Lack of Motorcycle Maintenance: Explore the Eastern mystical traditions and how they relate specifically to your motosai. Is it bad luck to check your exhaust for black smoke? Will regular servicing cut down your bike's performance? Who defines 'bald' anyway? Is it rude to NOT return a text message with your left hand while accelerating with your right, as four generations of your family cling to the back and front of the bike? Helmets- are they all they're cracked up to be? And bribery etiquette when stopped for not wearing one: how much is too much? All this and lots more…

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Eating Indoors (But were afraid to ask.): You've seen it in the movies; you've seen it on TV. The Europeans have done it for Centuries. Even the Japanese adhere to this curious practice... So here, in one information-packed volume, we have all your indoor-eating questions answered! Chapters include: Why Indoors? Is doing it too much bad for you? Where do you spit? If it's so good, why didn't Thailand invent it? This is the companion publication to the hugely popular books: 'Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Mobile Phone Etiquette in Public Places (But couldn't find anyone who knew’) and the million-selling ‘Toilet Paper: - Farang use it for WHAT?!!!’

A highly creditable mention must be given to the winner of the ‘People’s Choice’ category at the recent Isaan Poetry Slam and Sam Song Swilling Awards Night.

Isaan Morning (A poem by Somchai Taylor Coleridge)

O, Where is the yee-sip baht that I had in my pants just last night?

Did I leave it at sing-song? Did Ning take it?

Did I go to go-go bar last night? O, why can't I remember?

Did I give it to that dancer with the blonde streaks?

Did I buy Krong-Thip cigarettes? Did I buy beer Leo?

O, why can't I remember?

My mia noi will call me names! No baht! No baht!

Did I buy Lottery? Did I gamble with the cards?

Did motosai need oi and benzine?

O, why can't I remember?

Must saleep; perchance to dream....

All titles available in hardback, paperback, or 7-11 plastic bag (straw optional).

-WilliamBlake sends his blessings to everyone for a safe and ‘sanook’ New Year!


No comments yet

Post your comment

Comments are moderated and will not appear instantly.

Featured Jobs

NES Science and Social Studies Teacher

฿40,000+ / month

Chiang Mai

Primary School Teacher for Small Classes

฿50,000+ / month


Fun Native English Teachers for October Start

฿42,000+ / month


English Teachers for October Start

฿35,000+ / month


English Teacher

฿80,000+ / month


NES Homeroom Primary Teacher for Grade 1

฿55,000+ / month

Chiang Rai

Featured Teachers

  • Tabingo,

    Filipino, 25 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Jannah

    Filipino, 24 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Janani

    Indian, 27 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Kaye

    Filipino, 26 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Darny

    Filipino, 36 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Tom

    British, 56 years old. Currently living in Thailand

The Hot Spot

The cost of living

The cost of living

How much money does a teacher need to earn in order to survive in Thailand? We analyze the facts.

Need Thailand insurance?

Need Thailand insurance?

Have a question about health or travel insurance in Thailand? Ricky Batten from Pacific Prime is Ajarn's resident expert.

Contributions welcome

Contributions welcome

If you like visiting ajarn.com and reading the content, why not get involved yourself and keep us up to date?

The dreaded demo

The dreaded demo

Many schools ask for demo lessons before they hire. What should you the teacher be aware of?

The Region Guides

The Region Guides

Fancy working in Thailand but not in Bangkok? Our region guides are written by teachers who actually live and work in the provinces.

Teacher mistakes

Teacher mistakes

What are the most common mistakes that teachers make when they are about to embark on a teaching career in Thailand? We've got them all covered.

Air your views

Air your views

Got something to say on the topic of teaching, working or living in Thailand? The Ajarn Postbox is the place. Send us your letters!

Will I find work in Thailand?

Will I find work in Thailand?

It's one of the most common questions we get e-mailed to us. So find out exactly where you stand.