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    The girl can't help it

    Life, Tatat Bunnag, Published on 18/10/2019

    » After all the attention surrounding its first season, not all of which was positive, Netflix's oddly compelling darkly comic series Insatiable returned for a second season last week.

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    The rise of Hitler from dunderhead to demagogue

    Life, Published on 30/09/2016

    » How did Adolf Hitler -- described by one eminent magazine editor in 1930 as a "half-insane rascal", a "pathetic dunderhead", a "nowhere fool", a "big mouth" -- rise to power in the land of Goethe and Beethoven? What persuaded millions of ordinary Germans to embrace him and his doctrine of hatred? How did this "most unlikely pretender to high state office" achieve absolute power in a once-democratic country and set it on a course of monstrous horror?

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    Isis foiled

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 15/02/2019

    » Until a few years ago, no Western publisher dared say a word against Isis, the Muslim terrorist extremists infamous for taking umbridge and reacting violently. No longer. Isis is now targeted by the media and by novelists with impunity.

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    Brahms, Schumann and a royal tribute

    Life, Harry Rolnick, Published on 06/07/2017

    » On July 15, the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra will feature two giants of 19th century musical history and one world premiere tribute to Thailand's late monarch.

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    Delusion and denim dreams

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 08/04/2016

    » It was an almost overwhelming experience of sights and sounds on Sunday as the Bangkok CityCity Gallery played host to Korakrit Arunanondchai's crazy, conceptual world of burnt denim, nightmare-inducing mannequins, and a giant cyber-jungle monster. A collection by the New York-based multimedia artist comprising denim paintings, abstract body paint and a floor-to-ceiling installation of entangled foliage, drones, wires, electronics and mannequins engendered a mixture of awe, appreciation and confusion in equal measure.

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    Loud paintings

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 13/01/2016

    » Echoing the title of Paphonsak La-or's solo exhibition "Silent No More", his opening reception at Lyla Gallery in Chiang Mai on Boxing Day last year was buzzing with locals and those who had made the trip from Bangkok. Milling around, everyone in the exhibition room couldn't possibly have avoided the huge 7m-long centrepiece that comes with a shade of blue paint that is neither gloomy nor reassuring in the background. While there's a sentence in the middle, "This image is no longer available", the bottom text reads, "Love which was woven in our society leads to a great tragedy and sorrow".

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    In the closet -- or not

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 27/08/2015

    » Actress Kristen Stewart's refusal to confirm her sexuality, and a round-up of other worldwide LGBT news this month

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    In Iraq, dread is in the air

    Life, Published on 01/09/2014

    » Many soldiers, reporters and commentators have compared the Iraq War to a deadly, sickening version of the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day — a war not of decisive battles but of seemingly endless efforts to take individual streets and towns, only to lose them and have to fight to take them again, all at enormous, heartbreaking cost.

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