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    A shrink seductress

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 20/10/2017

    » It is said that men are potential rapists and women are potential prostitutes. What is not said is there are more than a few exceptions to this rule. Perhaps more accurately, they mentally undress one another when they meet, or in passing. And who says men have the stronger libidos?

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    New books worth reading

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 29/12/2016

    » From Dust To Dust: A Journalist's Memoir

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    A woman's world

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 12/05/2017

    » The payoff of my having spent years as a backpacker and visiting over 50 countries is that I remember them all, some more vividly than others. That gives me an advantage when reviewing the books and movies set in one or more of them, over those who remained at home. Yes, I know that area. No, it's just a set or a bit of poetic license.

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    Portrait of a middle-class lady

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 18/04/2016

    » China has undergone a great transformation within a short period of time. An open economy, though still under control, has pushed the once-backward, poverty-ridden Communist country into an economic superpower within three decades. But wealth and progress come with complicated questions, such as that of how modernity affects individual identity, especially for women.

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    Against retirement

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 14/03/2016

    » There are two conflicting perspectives on retirement: that it gives people the opportunity to do all the things they've long wanted to do, or that it renders them no longer of use, getting up in the morning with nothing to look forward to.

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    A rosy view from Pink

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 27/10/2014

    » Rising sales of e-books have some wondering about the future of physical books. However, the popularity of illustrated novels suggests paper books are here to stay.

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    A world unlocked

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 22/09/2014

    » 'Home. Back there. Trains passing like teeth through my head," Eimear McBride writes. I imagine her, sitting, scribbling feverishly, thought by thought, not in a stream of consciousness, but a stream of intense consciousness, writing a deep violent meditation. I am actively reading, heart cautiously breaking apart, trains passing like teeth through my head.

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    Dark Times Lie Behind iconic children's treats

    Brunch, Published on 05/08/2018

    » Jell-O might be the glistening dish of picnics and potlucks, but for Allie Rowbottom -- a descendant of the Jell-O fortune -- it's both a burden and an abyss. In Jell-O Girls, she weaves together her family history and the story of the classic American dessert to produce a book that alternately surprises and mesmerizes. Despite its title, this isn't a bland tale that goes down easy; Jell-O Girls is dark and astringent, a cutting rebuke to its delicate, candy-colored namesake.

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    The root of all evil

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 29/02/2016

    » There are three kinds of people; (1) those who are told not to step on the third rail because it will electrocute them, and don't; (2) those who read the warning sign, and don't; (3) those who only believe what they experience themselves, and do.

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    A doctor's writing

    Life, Published on 21/09/2015

    » Dr Chanwalee Srisukho is not just a medical doctor who has taken up writing for leisure. Readers will realise that she is as much an MD as a serious writer. Her book Preuksa Mata (Suffering Mother) which has just been translated into English, tells the tales of troubled mothers that Dr Chanwalee, a gynaecologist, treated at a public hospital in Pichit province. The penultimate chapters are dedicated to her tempestuous and poetic mother who instilled a love of language into her. Dr Chanwalee chats with Life about her reading list.

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