Literary translator from the Thai into English or French, depending on mood and time o’ day. Workaholic, wordivorous and drug addict (nicotine, caffeine, post-sunset pastaga). 69 years young most days. In former lives, first a gallows teacher cum university professor then a globe-trotting, mostly freelance journalist cum editor. Now static with a vengeance: 36 monsoons in Bangkok, on the wrong side of the river, where all is (sort of) quiet on the western front. His major accomplishment (in a bankrupt joint venture): Oramart Aurore, aka Tam.