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    Books of secrets

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 30/11/2016

    » Pintima Lertsomboon, a librarian at Thammasat University, remembered trying to work on Oct 14 in order to soothe the bereavement brought by news of the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol. Her task as librarian usually offers her peace of mind. She has been tasked to separate the cremation books out of 10,000 rare books in the library, putting them in their own category.

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    Finding inspiration in the classics

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 22/08/2016

    » Media gurus love to harp that print media is a sunset industry. Few of them can offer a solution. Yet editors and publishers see where the tide will turn when they look at Atikhom Khunavuth, journalist, founder and editor-in-chief of Way Magazine. The 46-year-old always looks at the publishing scene with insight and perspective; he moved his magazine online while turning his monthly print version into a thick quarterly volume for subscription only. Respected as a man with content, Atikhom shares his reading list.

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    Unforgettable Puey Ungphakorn 

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 09/03/2016

    » Today marks the centennial of Puey Ungphakorn, a remarkable man who lived a remarkable life as a founding father of the modern Thai economy, pedagogue at Thammasat University and Bank of Thailand, role model and larger-than-life figure who was influential during some of the most momentous years of Thai history.

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    Drought, fishing scandals and winding roads

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 23/12/2015

    » In the past year, environmental disasters once again proved how much of an impact they have on everyone's lives: the air we breathe (the haze in the South, blown over from Indonesia); the water we use (the contentious Chao Phraya roads); the lights we see (the coal-fired power plants); the ground beneath our feet (the gold mining scandals); the food we eat (the fishery disputes). In all of this, local communities and the rural poor feel the heat and the fire more than Bangkok's urbanites and they're the people who keep showing public resistance against environmental problems and the depletion of natural resources, despite the grip of military rule.  

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    Sojourn in Siam 

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 21/12/2015

    » The Siamese Trail Of Ho Chi Minh -- the third book by Bangkok-based writer Teddy Spha Palasthira -- has come out in an interesting time. Not only did Vietnam celebrate the 40th year of the country's reunification earlier this year, but the Asean Economic Community (AEC) is set to become active next month, with a promise to bring the relationships and history of the region into public attention.

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    Lost and found in translation

    Muse, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 28/11/2015

    » For fans of foreign literature, nothing kills the joy of reading more than knowing that the translated book which you are reading contains wrong meanings and phonetic mistakes — the names of people and places that are unrecognisable when you repeat them to native speakers.

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    Sustaining environmental activism

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 21/10/2015

    » The demography of environmental activists in Thailand has shifted. The pioneering generation, those inspired by the life and death of the late Sueb Nakhasathien, the forest official who committed suicide in what is believed to be a protest against bureaucratic hopelessness, have started retiring, or feel too tired and have moved into other fields.

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    Dinosaurs in the digital age

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 13/08/2015

    » When was the last time you visited a library? That's one question worth thinking about, but the other question being discussed among librarians is whether public libraries will survive. As the internet becomes a new pathfinder of data and information and the younger generation find knowledge via Google and YouTube, the fate of libraries seems like that of an endangered species.

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    The sage of Assumption

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 10/07/2015

    » Were you a student from a strict school with a fearful headmaster, whose mere voice made you tremble? If yes, F. Hilaire promises to take you down memory lane.

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    Asian authors shine

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 22/06/2015

    » Death is a fascinating subject for many books, essays and reflections. We remember Sogyal Rinpoche's trailblazing The Tibetan Book Of Living And Dying, he himself a Tibetan monk, perhaps presenting an interesting contrast to this new book on death penned by an unlikely author, Satish Modi, an industrial mogul of India.

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