Greenfeld weaves them into some very interesting plotlines, with quite a few wonderful surprises.
My biggest complaint about the book is that it too frequently lapses into self-aggrandizement and graphic sexual descriptions.
Still, if you've traveled and partied while living/working the Far East, this is a book well worth reading.
"Standard Deviations" consists of eight largely unconnected true stories (not quite essays, I think). Read morePublished on August 31, 2008 by P. Mann
Karl Taro Greenfeld is a class A writer. While I'm too much of a straightlaced geek to have hung out with the same folks Greenfeld did, I can attest that they do exist. Read morePublished on June 27, 2006 by James R. Hoadley
I found this book in bangkok on khaosan road--it had a different cover than this but I am pretty sure it's the same book. Read morePublished on May 22, 2006 by Lizz in HK
K.T. Greenfeld's human mission is 'to get loaded, go to nightclubs and f* models'.
This book contains a few impressions of Asian politics (the Suharto regime in... Read more
Even though many of the stories in this book are down and dirty, I found myself becoming nostalgic for my own younger, wilder days spent wandering the planet in search of a good... Read morePublished on October 9, 2005 by aggie glen
I enjoyed reading this but it's a much more superficial treatment of the subject matter than I hoped it would be, and Greenfeld at times seems overly impressed with his lifestyle. Read morePublished on September 20, 2005 by G. Brown
Karl Taro Greenfeld, now the editor of "Time" Asia, departed the USA in his early twenties for Asia to fulfill his writing dreams. Read morePublished on January 28, 2005 by Bohdan Kot
Greenfeld is an accomplished writer with a terrific sense of humor. The book chronicles his career and travels as a disgruntled english teacher in Japan and a freelance journalist... Read morePublished on January 24, 2003 by mootzie
I found this book to be sloppy, half-assed, lame and generally disappointing. Several of these essays appeared long ago on the Web for free, like on Salon, so why should we have to... Read morePublished on November 23, 2002 by J. Scott Burgeson