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    Dissecting a nation

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 19/06/2017

    » Pasuk Phongpaichit's and Chris Baker's house is a verdant abode at the end of a maze in an Ekamai sub-soi. The garden at the back has tall trees and a small, tea-coloured pond. The whole area used to be a swamp, said Baker. The couple, both highly respected scholars in Thai studies, have been living there since 1987, or in their lexicon, "just before the boom" -- the high-flying economic expansion whose seismic shifts forever transformed Thailand in the early 1990s. Had they wanted to purchase the plot slightly later than they actually did -- after the boom had set in -- they wouldn't have been able to. "We came just before the high-rises."

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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 different kind of prison

    Muse, Published on 17/09/2016

    » Insein Prison, an infamous cell in Yangon, has been notoriously known for its abysmal condition. During the 1980s, the Myanmar junta used the phrase "going to Moscow" to make a threat to opponents. Political activists knew that "going to Moscow" was going to Insein prison, a trip worse than death itself. The prison fortress is known locally as the "darkest hellhole in Myanmar".

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    Art of breaking up

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 26/09/2014

    » A rehearsal room. A couple walk in," reads the stage direction for Cloture De L'Amour. Who the couple are is not made clear; he might be a playwright or director, while she an actress or choreographer.

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