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Standard Deviations: Growing Up and Coming Down in the New Asia #2020

Standard Deviations Growing Up and Coming Down in the New Asia I was twenty three and I had set off for Asia to become a writer intrigued by lurid tales of booms busts drugs sex violence magic There was a wicked sorcery in Asia in the economic profligacy o

  • Title: Standard Deviations: Growing Up and Coming Down in the New Asia
  • Author: Karl Taro Greenfeld
  • ISBN: 9780812992694
  • Page: 282
  • Format: Paperback
  • Standard Deviations: Growing Up and Coming Down in the New Asia By Karl Taro Greenfeld, I was twenty three and I had set off for Asia to become a writer, intrigued by lurid tales of booms, busts, drugs, sex, violence, magic There was a wicked sorcery in Asia, in the economic profligacy of the early nineties, in the way financiers and businessmen took a rapidly wiring and developing continent and looted billions, like a titanic parlor trick converting all th I was twenty three and I had set off for Asia to become a writer, intrigued by lurid tales of booms, busts, drugs, sex, violence, magic There was a wicked sorcery in Asia, in the economic profligacy of the early nineties, in the way financiers and businessmen took a rapidly wiring and developing continent and looted billions, like a titanic parlor trick converting all that wealth into abandoned office complexes and half completed shopping malls I wanted it all the money, the sex, the drugs And to this day I believe that if I am honest with myself, despite all I have learned the hard way over the past decade, I would still want it all again, the fucking and the getting loaded and the scheming to get enough money to pay for that life In the late 1980s, not long out of college, Karl Taro Greenfeld found himself stranded in New York, a failed writer before his career had even begun His Jewish American father angrily cut off support his Japanese mother suggested he go to Japan to teach English He did, accepting a job with no promise than he d had before But he stayed in Asia for the next several years, working his way through a series of journalistic posts, watching a culture erupt before his eyes and facing his own demons Through a series of vividly imagistic stories that range from the rigidly journalistic to the deeply intimate, Standard Deviations recounts Greenfeld s experiences both professional and personal during Asia s wild ride at the end of the twentieth century Whether drinking Japanese cough syrup to get high with other Western expatriates, visiting a free sex ashram in Bombay, or watching a former high school pal self destruct as an equity analyst in Jakarta, Greenfeld evokes the spirit of a continent in flux at an explosive bubble economy s end and a man confronting his own identity and aspirations.Raunchy, insightful, eloquent and moving, Standard Deviations is an uncompromising work of cultural observation and self exploration.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. One may think this book is stereotypicalwhen you think about the exotic life of Asia it come to mind drugs, prostitution, criminality, striking differences between the unbelievable poverty of the poor and the great luxury of does being the favorites of the ruling class but well, sometimes stereotypes are not far from the truth Not to mention the fascination this easy life has on the youth, but the final message is strong you must turn you back and leave if you really want A LIFE

    2. sometimes it s fun to read a book where the protagonist is a jerk there s a certain amount of pleasure to be derived from loathing someone, especially if their escapades are salacious karl taro greenfield, whose real life adventures in asia are detailed in this memoir, is an instantly dislikeable fellow he s a spoiled half asian rich kid from new york whose obsession with coolness and disdain for anyone who doesn t meet his exacting standards of coolness ooze from every page greenfield starts of [...]

    3. Awful book I actually liked the first essay, about his time teaching English and working as a journalist in Japan It wasn t anything special, but at least he didn t sound like a douche The later essays featured characters that were mainly caricatures, like Naddy the Pimp or Dina or the cool Californian Laney Greenfield is pretty insufferable, he s not nearly as cool as he thinks he is, drug addiction doesn t really impress anyone Greenfield does seem like he could be a good writer He should just [...]

    4. Reading about the drug fuelled romp through Asia might not seem like anyone s ideal reading, but at its heart is the disaffection and hollowness that comes with it While at the start the author does not portray himself in the best light, it is a very honest portrayal and within it we can recognise elements of our own hopes, fears and desires Some of it is uncomfortable reading, some distateful, but the self admission of his battle with drugs and a lifestyle that encourages it garners some sympat [...]

    5. I ve only wasted my time reading this book It was just about a crap story about taking drugs, prostitution and a culture shock in a Southeast Asian countries.

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