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    The ambiguity that obscures

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 16/02/2017

    » One of my favourite poets, Billy Collins, said once: "I think clarity is the real risk in poetry because you are exposed. You're out in the open field. You're actually saying things that are comprehensible, and it's easy to criticise something you can understand."

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    Thai movies ride the Euro circuit

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 29/01/2016

    » The new year starts with a slate of new Thai films -- and some older ones -- which are already making rounds at the European film festival circuit which began this week.

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    Art under stress

    Life, Published on 02/12/2015

    » Life's critics take a look at how artists in different fields reflected upon Thailand's political situation over the past 18 months — or why they chose not to.

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    Ajarn Ben's Southeast Asian analyses still enlighten

    News, Philip J Cunningham, Published on 15/12/2015

    » When I studied with Benedict Anderson at Cornell University in 1974, he seemed the quintessential absent-minded professor; at once erudite and bookish, idealistic and dreamy-eyed. The fact he had just been kicked out of Indonesia only added to his aura. Giving lectures about coups and counter-coups and revolutionary martyrs, he'd pace the front of the classroom in clunky boots and mismatched outfits, captivating class attention with his soft but mellifluous Irish-accented voice.

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    Memories stained with Rouge

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 15/10/2015

    » This year marks the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the Khmer Rouge regime's four-year massacre that resulted in nearly 2 million Cambodian deaths.

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    The truth behind the facade

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 15/10/2015

    » At a time when freedom of expression is becoming increasingly constrained, whether one is just an internet user, a filmmaker or an activist, experimental theatre troupe B-Floor is as relentless as ever. After Ornanong Thaisriwong's solo performance Bang La Merd earlier this year was attended by military officers, B-Floor is back under the directorial helm of Teerawat Mulvilai in Manoland.

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    By lens, stage and paint, truth

    Life, Published on 10/12/2014

    » In 2009, Tanwarin Sukkhapisit made I'm Fine Sabai Dee Ka, a three-minute satirical film/performance art piece in which she locks herself in a cage placed in front of the Democracy Monument. Passers-by (both actors and unsuspecting pedestrians) take photographs and stop to ask her what happened. She smiles and repeats the same answer: "I'm fine in here." Tanwarin, who once served as the president of the Thai Film Director Association, is a prolific filmmaker who has made independent and mainstream films. In 2010, her low-budget production, Insects In The Backyard, made headlines when it became the first film to be banned under the 2006 Film Act (censors said the film depicted inappropriate images of student prostitutes and a penis).

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    Pretty is as pretty does

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 04/09/2014

    » In response to Christopher Marlowe's line in Doctor Faustus, "Was this the face that launch'd a thousand ships", performer Sasapin Siriwanij is saying "no".

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    Troublesome pose

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 17/05/2012

    » One first-year Thammasat student has caused a bit of a controversy by the way she posed with the statue of the university's founder Pridi Banomyong.

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