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    From Reading to Nakhon Nowhere

    Brunch, Alan Parkhouse, Published on 06/05/2018

    » For the past 39 years, Roger Crutchley's weekly Postscript column has kept Bangkok Post readers smiling, taking a light-hearted look at life through the eyes of a long-time expat as well as being a welcome respite from the regular angst of crime, local politics, demonstrations and coups that often filled the rest of the paper.

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    Bang for a bookworm's baht

    Life, Published on 07/08/2014

    » The "Be Trend Read Town" fair offers discounted books at the Mall Bang Kapi, starting today and running until Aug 13.

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    Good cops, bad cops

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 18/05/2018

    » Few things are more disheartening than learning that those sworn to protect us from society's predators are corrupt, indeed evil themselves. Then who are the good guys, if any? Many a crime novelist raises this question without presenting a satisfactory solution.

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    A bright spark

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 18/05/2018

    » Upon first meeting, Prof Yongyuth Yuthavong comes across as the sort of intelligent, all-knowing grandfather we'd all like to have and it's no surprise that he's something of a superstar in the world of science.

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    Nothing to prove

    Life, Published on 17/05/2018

    » When Amer Hlehel first saw the name Taha Muhammad Ali on a book, he asked his brother, a novelist, who he was. "Why do you live if you don't know Taha?" was his brother's reply.

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    Big city, small town

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 11/05/2018

    » People are natural actors. Observe how they tell stories to their friends, passing on telephone conversations or what they saw or heard. They mimic and flap their arms for emphasis. Hoping for smiles or groans. Novelists aim to do the same with more words. Alas, only the better ones succeed. All too many try and fail.

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    Dan Brown with a Thai voice

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 05/03/2018

    » The Thai award-winning detective novel Kaholmahoratuek is that rare breed: a page-turner set in the 1940s that mixes poetry, history, murder and revenge. The book's appeal also lies with the writer's use of genre elements -- serial murders, cryptic clues and detective work -- in the vintage setting of old Bangkok where century-old temples, back alleys and local communities become grisly crime scenes.

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    Overcoming the racial divide

    Life, Sawarin Suwichakornpong, Published on 26/04/2018

    » Shakespeare writes in The Winter's Tale that "there were no age between 10 and three-and-20, or that youth would sleep out the rest". Adolescence, or the marked "teenage years", encompass elements of biological growth and major social transformation, both of which are decidedly products of nature and culture. The time between youth and maturity can be sorrowful, hard, fun, sad and amazing. It never fails to inspire writers of fiction, to attempt to unravel the complexities of this concept of life. Charting into the unknown is always a favourite subject of those who write.

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    Expert Advice

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 13/04/2018

    » In several Peanuts comic strips, little Lucy sets up a booth. For a nickel she'll solve a problem bothering you. Her advice is quite good, indicating insight unlikely in the young. The thing about advice is that virtually everyone offers it, asked for or not, free and costly.

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    Chinese emigre confronted by reality in dream land

    Brunch, Published on 08/04/2018

    » As futile as it can feel, there's a lot to be said for frustration. Having our desires and expectations thwarted lets us know where our selves end and where others' begin. "People become real to us by frustrating us," psychoanalyst (and master aphorist) Adam Phillips writes. "If they don't frustrate us they are merely figures of fantasy."

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