daily we have had newspaper reports about surrogacy issues
in Thailand. A 24-year-old Japanese businessman apparently
has father 15 children, using Thai surrogate mothers.
facts of the case have been as unreliable as next week’s
weather report. There has been a lot of speculation and
gossip. No one seems to know the father’s motive and everyone
has an idea or two to share as to what they think his
reasons are to justify so many children born in a two-year
examined the broader implications of what happens in the
near future when a multi-billionaire decides he’d like
to leave this world with 1,000 of his genetic children
ready to run his commercial empire. The stakes of such
an enterprise are immense. Rather than buying Congressmen,
the .1% should be investing in surrogacy to ensure the
safety of their wealth.
5 generations, with the founding 1,000 children each having
50 children, and those children each have 50 children,
the numbers rise dramatically.
can read: Baby
Factory Dad—The Coming of the first Super Baby Maker Dad
Star of Love, a short story from the collection Chairs
is based on an afternoon drinking in Patpong with my mentor
Barney Rosset. We discussed Henry Miller on that afternoon
14 years ago, and wondered how literary history would
have been changed if Henry Miller had gone to Bangkok
rather than Paris. At 99 cents, you can sit with Barney
and me as we discuss this counterfactual historical possibility.
hope that you will enjoy the essay.