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    Of the gay people, for the gay people

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 04/11/2016

    » Utain Boonorana has been known among his readers as "Mor Tud" or, "the gay doctor". A medical professional by trade, Utain spends his free time penning books about gay romance. His latest novel is Kue Ter Nai Hua Jai (You're In My Mind), published by Hyacint, a publishing house dedicated to LGBT literature, released this month.

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    Live your dreams

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 16/05/2016

    » Cuba, a socialist country with breathtaking Spanish colonial architecture, exceptionally fine music and superior cigars, is finally getting the world's attention it so deserves. Restored diplomacy with the US is putting the country among the top tourist destinations. Cuba was given a further boost when US President Barack Obama made a state visit in March and Karl Lagerfeld staged a fashion show in Havana earlier this month by turning the leafy Paseo del Prado boulevard into an extravagant catwalk. Not to be left behind, Thai hoteliers recently went to Havana to ink a deal to open a high-end complex.

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    History not as advertised

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 29/06/2015

    » Non-fiction historical books are becoming more and more popular among Thai readers. The latest report from Publishers and Booksellers Association of Thailand (Pubat) stated that there was a rise in sales of books with historical subjects, while figures for self-help and dhamma literature were going down.

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    Crowdfunders serve as architect's artistic influence

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 01/08/2016

    » Architect Yanyong Boon-Long is a unique voice in the Thai design community through his creative use of space and innovation aiming at improving or even solving social problems. He has been involved in a project that installs solar roofs for a low-income canal community. His research funded by Rockefeller Foundation also inspired the authorities to connect Bangkok's canals with Metro Rapid Transit (MRT) transit stations.

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    Books as bridge to Latin culture 

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 07/03/2016

    » For many Thais, Latin America seems an unknown land. Asst Prof Pasuree Luesakul, an acclaimed translator of many Latin American novels, believes that Thais miss a good chance to learn the culture which is strikingly similar to ours. With a doctorate in Latin American Literature from University of Salamanca in Spain, Pasuree is now head of Spanish section and director of the Center of Latin American Studies, Department of Western Languages at Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Arts. She has translated the Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda's Twenty Love Poems And A Song Of Despair and María Rosa Lojo's historical novel Finisterre. She is also editor of the bilingual version of César Vallej's Anthology, a project subsidised by the Embassy of Peru in Thailand to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Thailand and Peru.

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    On the same page

    Muse, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 21/01/2017

    » When Nalin Vanasin, a 43-year-old entrepreneur and mother of two, volunteered to work for Neilson Hays Library, she remembered seeing many eyebrows raised. A few of her friends even asked whether people still go to the library. Such a condescending attitude is somehow understandable. In our digital world, physical books are going out of date. Libraries, known as the fortresses of intellectuals for over two millennia, have become relics of the past.

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    Turning over a new leaf

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 20/11/2015

    » Among the community of music lovers in Chiang Mai, the name Pharadon "Por" Phonamnuai is associated with North Gate Jazz, a popular haunt and favourite hangout for local musicians on Si Phum Road. The lanky 34-year-old saxophonist is also known for his Loem Tai Pord (Wind Beneath My Breath) travelogue based on his hitchhiking adventure from Chiang Mai to Paris with just 20,000 baht and a saxophone.

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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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    The reading feast

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 13/07/2015

    » Bangkok never gets enough of book-related happenings. Set aside the National Book Fair and Bangkok International Book Fair in April and Bangkok Book Expo in October, the capital is about to have another book event, the Bangkok Book Festival 2015, which claims to be not just another commercial affair.

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    Urban, yet green

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 08/06/2015

    » What do people do when visiting Siam Square? At Bangkok's nucleus of youth culture and weekend activity, some naturally think of shopping, while others consider the area a top choice for meeting friends or having a first date.

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