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  • LIFESTYLE

    A note on Thailand Biennale

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 02/01/2019

    » One recent morning at Nopphrat Thara beach, the high tide flooded the lower part of a strange, interwoven structure. Rising from the blue water of the bay, it looked like an island, a new, unmapped island of Krabi visible from this popular spot where tourists visit and board tour boats to outlying islands.

  • LIFESTYLE

    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.

  • LIFESTYLE

    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.

  • OPINION

    Army 'image' trumps the people's truth

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 30/07/2016

    » Her uncle was beaten to death in an army camp and now she has been sued for revealing what happened. On Monday, Naritsarawan Kaewnopparat was arrested and charged for defamation and disseminating "false information" -- meaning the details of her uncle's harrowing death at the combat boots of his drill sergeants, who caned and kicked him from evening until past midnight back in 2011 at a Narathiwat barracks. Ms Naritsarawan, who has been fighting for a semblance of justice for six years, denied the charges and was released on bail.

  • OPINION

    Punishment that doesn't fit the crime

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 07/05/2016

    » There's crime and there's punishment. In Dostoevsky's novel, crime is punishment. In Thailand, halted at the crossroads of history, the relationship between the two is confusing, sometimes absurd, and mostly impenetrable.

  • LIFESTYLE

    A question of history

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 17/09/2012

    » Atibhop Pataradetpisan believes in sound, in silence, and in literature _ not necessarily in that order. As a young man Atibhop studied classical composition at Tashkent State University in Uzbekistan. He came back to Thailand to teach music at Mahidol University, and in the meantime he wrote stories and poetry, some of which were collected into books.

  • OPINION

    Madness, badness, sadness

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 21/04/2012

    » Horror was replayed, because all exorcism is a form of inevitable horror. First, one of the prosecutors of the Norwegian court read out the names and details of each of the 77 victims killed by Anders Behring Breivik on July 22, 2011. "She was at the water's edge... Shot dead." "He was in the Big Hall of the cafe. Shot dead." "He fled and fell off a cliff near the island's west point... Died of fall injuries and/or drowning." Then again, and again, and again: "She/He was near the water pump. Shot dead." The frigid, literal, unwavering police prose of the report gives you the feeling that you are walking into a graveyard. Or a morgue. You look away but the screams continue. Then comes the horror of Breivik's claim that he is sane. Of his vow that he "would do it again". Of him announcing that the victims were not "innocent". Of him insisting that he acted out of "goodness" to prevent Islam from becoming a major threat to European civilisation. Of his malevolent bombast that what he did in downtown Oslo and a youth camp on Utoya Island last year was "the most sophisticated and spectacular attack committed in Europe since World War II".

  • OPINION

    Silence, please!

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 28/03/2012

    » Silence has now joined the Bengal tiger on the list of endangered species.

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