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    Weapon of choice

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 25/04/2019

    » In my army days, we were issued used M1 rifles. They were heavy and either had hair triggers or they had to be pulled way back before firing, by which time the target had moved.

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    When literature becomes light

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 23/07/2018

    » Haruki Murakami's books exert a strange pull that's earned him a devoted following around the world -- and Thailand is no exception. One foot planted in the reality of the modern world, the other trudging through a surreal dreamland as the ground beneath his characters' feet keeps shifting, Murakami entrances and confuses, lulls and hallucinates. His novels and short stories also occupy that exclusive territory in the literary world: he's a best-selling author who's also every bookmaker's favourite to win the Nobel Prize. He's also one of a few post-war Japanese writers whose style and substance transcend cultural and national boundaries.

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    Scandinavian myth

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 17/02/2017

    » However much we desire to live in peace, when our nations' leaders beat the drums of war we are obliged to exchange our sickles for guns and march off to combat evil (our side of course good). Through training and luck we return victorious from the fray, perhaps without a leg but with a medal to compensate for it.

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    Bibliomaniacal pursuits

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 02/09/2016

    » Writer, editor and publisher Kittiphol Saragganonda sums up the glorious role of a book nerd. With an encyclopaedic knowledge of literature, Kittiphol breathes books and lives in the shuffle of their pages, and that's an enviable existence, especially since he runs the store Books and Belongings. Recently he was instrumental in crowdsourcing the complete Thai translation of Moby-Dick, while his 1001 Editions puts out translations of philosophical literature and novels.

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    Hitting the right note

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 28/03/2016

    » One thing thriller novelists agree on is that their respective lands have an ultra secret elite force answerable only to the nation's leader. They are called upon to do the dirty work forbidden by international law -- assassinations at home and abroad.

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    Way too much

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 11/01/2016

    » Born and bred in the Big Apple, I was raised believing -- it was in my mother's milk -- that New York is the centre of the universe. It has Times Square and Central Park, Broadway and Wall Street, the United Nations and the Empire State Building, Coney Island and two rivers, Greenwich Village and Nathan's hot dogs.

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    Author Murakami talks music, running, novels on radio show

    Published on 05/08/2018

    » TOKYO: Best-selling Japanese author Haruki Murakami, hosting a special radio show featuring some of his favourite songs he runs to, says writing novels is about rhythm, as in music and running.

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    Murakami wins Danish literature prize

    AFP, Published on 18/11/2015

    » COPENHAGEN - Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami on Tuesday won Denmark's top literary award, the Hans Christian Andersen Prize, following in the footsteps of such writers as J.K. Rowling and Salman Rushdie.

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    Rebel with a cause

    Life, Published on 31/08/2015

    » Nattanan Warintarawet, a Mathayom 6 student at Triam Udom Suksa school, has become a poster girl for youthful rebellion against the conservative system. She recently spoke out against the 12 core values advocated by the junta. Early this year, Nattanan, better known as "Nice", was asked to leave a TV programme as she asked the National Reform Council chairman Thienchay Kirananda a few tricky questions. 

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    How to be a billionaire

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 06/01/2014

    » Of all books published, the most common belong to the "how to" genre. There's no limit to the advice authors give readers. Experts tell you how to build a house from the ground up, learn a language, be a successful businessmen, become a chef, design, repair, maintain, alter. Anything you set your mind to.

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