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    Wishful thinking

    Life, Published on 08/10/2012

    » Fashion is a world meant to be viewed. All the shows and the fashion spreads _ they are meant to be consumed visually while the glossies are meant to be flipped through, and not read, analysed, and digested with the kind of attention you summon with a novel in your hands.


    The world of worship, wealth and wonders

    Life, Chris Baker, Published on 03/12/2012

    » This book is about everyday belief and practice in contemporary Thailand. It begins with a telling image. At the top of the spirit altar is always a small figure of the Buddha. On the next level down may be statues of famous monks from the past, such as Somdet To, along with Siamese kings, particularly King Chulalongkorn.


    Toys for rich boys (and girls)

    Muse, Sukhumaporn Laiyok, Published on 25/05/2013

    » A recent import, Luxury Toys: Volume 2 allows us a voyeuristic peek into a world of amazing objects that cannot be bought at your local store or simply ordered online. For these singular items are the custom-made playthings of the super-rich.


    Joy's adventures in Washington

    Brunch, Richard Mcleish, Published on 14/07/2013

    » Every fashion-conscious capital in the world has its proud face of chick-lit. London has Bridget Jones and her diary, New York has Carrie Bradshaw and her well-publicised sex life. So is the world ready for a Thai face to take up the mantle?


    If he says it’s funny, it’s funny

    Life, Published on 24/03/2014

    » If anyone is entitled to pepper his memoir with New Yorker cartoons, it’s the cartoon editor of The New Yorker. So Bob Mankoff’s new book is half prose, half illustrations and tirelessly playful. But the artwork and text work together to tell a fizzy, jokey story about a long and busy career. Its title, How About Never — Is Never Good For You? comes from a famous Mankoff cartoon that depicts a businessman on the telephone, dodging a lunch date. Now around 70, Mankoff depicts himself with a big grin and a lipstick mark on his forehead, saying those words to the Grim Reaper.


    The leader's true self

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 24/11/2014

    » 'A few months ago, the [North Korean] Ministry of Interior issued a statement on TV — 'We will remove your existence from the universe'," says Jang Jin-sung, unfazed, over a decade after he fled North Korea in the middle of the day, across the frozen Yalu River and into China.


    Food for thought

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 05/01/2018

    » A corporal motorcycle courier on the Western Front during World War I, Hitler fancied himself the German Napoleon Bonaparte. While he had good political instincts, a military genius he was not. Still, he had several first-rate strategists and tacticians on his staff.

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