The dirty little secret of mental illness: What killed Robin Williams made the rest of us smile

Mental illness was part of the true, inextricable, celebrated package of Robin Williams’ genius and should be freed from the bondage of the taboo dirty little secret it remains.  By Nate Thayer August 11, 2014 Robin Williams was genuine and flawed and a genius and a manic-depressive and an addict and he made the world a better […]

No More Creampuff Journalism: Readers React in Letters to the Editor

No More Creampuff Journalism Sometime public commentary on the published writings of a journalist can get nasty, sometimes snarky, and sometimes downright witty. Here, readers react with a series of letters to the editor to an interview I did with Khmer Rouge Prime Minister Khieu Samphan published in the Phnom Penh Post. It wasn’t pretty, but it […]

Golf, Cambodia, and the ‘very cornerstone of morality’

Golf, Cambodia, and the ‘very cornerstone of morality’ From my mailbox: Dear Nate, I have read your missives on Cambodia on Face Book and elsewhere with great interest. You are truly prolific and I walk in your shadow. I hardly ever reply to Face Book. I hardly get the time. Due to our mutual deep […]

The Childhood Education of a Cantankerous Journalist

The Early Education of a Future Cantankerous Journalist: 7th grade English class papers from a 12 year old By Nate Thayer October 28, 2013 I recently moved several hundred boxes of books, papers, and various possessions I have acquired through my decidedly nomadic, itinerant life from a storage unit into the basement of my new […]

Pyongyang Porn: “Some readers may find the book objectionable” @NKNewsorg

Excerpts from Pyongyang Porn “Some readers may find the book objectionable” BY NATE THAYER , AUGUST 23, 2013 For the full story, go to NKNews.org at http://www.nknews.org/2013/08/pyongyang-porn/ , the news organization that comprehensively provides quality journalism on all North Korea. Below are excerpts……. Artwork by NK News illustrator Cammy Smithwick   Mhari Yi, who moved to Edinburgh to attend Napier University […]

News headline of the day: Dog owner’s dispute research women more attracted to men with guitars

News headline of the day: “Dog owner’s dispute research women more attracted to men with guitars” despite that neither the research nor the news article involved dogs whatsoever The Gold Star for the news headline of the day goes to my local tabloid daily, the Washington Express: “Dog owner’s dispute research showing women more attracted […]

Google search terms which drove readers to my blog: Alert Homeland Security or throw a block party?

Should I alert Homeland Security or throw a block party? A stroll through internet search terms which sent readers to my blog By Nate Thayer May 9, 2013 Here are this week’s listing of perplexing, disturbing and amusing internet search terms which drove people to my blog and provide an intriguing peak into the nooks […]

Mississippi Elvis Impersonator Terrorist Suspect Claims U.S. Coverup After Finding Body Parts in Refrigerator

Mississippi Elvis Impersonator Terrorist Suspect  Claims U.S. Coverup After Finding Body Parts in Refrigerator By Nate Thayer This Elvis cum terrorist impersonator story is only going to get more fun. If this isn’t in the news stories tomorrow, someone isn’t doing their job. From the Google page https://sites.google.com/site/paulkevincurtis/ of Paul Kevin Curtis, who was arrested […]

Mississippi Elvis Cum Terrorist Impersonator Leaves Trail of Social Media Clues

Mississippi Elvis Cum Terrorist Impersonator Leaves Trail of Social Media Clues By Nate Thayer April 17, 2013 It is too bad I am not a spot news reporter anymore because this Elvis cum terrorist impersonator from Mississippi has left a goldmine of good stuff on his social media footprint. Paul Kevin Curtis, the Mississippi man […]

A Peak In the Public Mailbox: Debate on state of journalism runs from supportive to, well, very not–with a dash of the amusing and odd.

A Peak Into the Public Mailbox: Debate on state of journalism runs from very supportive to, well, very not–with an entertaining dash of the amusing and odd. Maybe the North Korean Ministry of Agitation and Propaganda are on to Something By Nate Thayer April 13, 2013 In the last few weeks I can’t help but […]

Oops….Sorry About that Austin, Texas

Oops….Sorry About that Austin, Texas: An Otherwise Excellent Example of Great Journalism was Also a Tad Off The Korean Central News Agency Friday sent out one of the thousands of meticulously staged propaganda photographs they do each year, this one with a caption which included the description of an “urgent operation meeting on the Korean […]

25 Years of Slam Dunk Diplomacy: Rodman trip and history of U.S.-North Korean basketball diplomacy

25 Years of Slam Dunk Diplomacy: Rodman trip comes after decades of basketball diplomacy between U.S. and North Korea as a central tool in nuclear bomb negotiations by Nate Thayer , March 4, 2013 Published in NK News http://www.nknews.org/2013/03/slam-dunk-diplomacy/  NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman’s circus troupe delegation to North Korea was greeted by ridicule by most of […]