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    Dark Times Lie Behind iconic children's treats

    Brunch, Published on 05/08/2018

    » Jell-O might be the glistening dish of picnics and potlucks, but for Allie Rowbottom -- a descendant of the Jell-O fortune -- it's both a burden and an abyss. In Jell-O Girls, she weaves together her family history and the story of the classic American dessert to produce a book that alternately surprises and mesmerizes. Despite its title, this isn't a bland tale that goes down easy; Jell-O Girls is dark and astringent, a cutting rebuke to its delicate, candy-colored namesake.


    From Reading to Nakhon Nowhere

    Brunch, Alan Parkhouse, Published on 06/05/2018

    » For the past 39 years, Roger Crutchley's weekly Postscript column has kept Bangkok Post readers smiling, taking a light-hearted look at life through the eyes of a long-time expat as well as being a welcome respite from the regular angst of crime, local politics, demonstrations and coups that often filled the rest of the paper.


    Chinese emigre confronted by reality in dream land

    Brunch, Published on 08/04/2018

    » As futile as it can feel, there's a lot to be said for frustration. Having our desires and expectations thwarted lets us know where our selves end and where others' begin. "People become real to us by frustrating us," psychoanalyst (and master aphorist) Adam Phillips writes. "If they don't frustrate us they are merely figures of fantasy."


    The hunt for the lost horizon

    Brunch, Published on 05/07/2015

    » Absolute whiteness descends, as a spring snowstorm transforms cascading mountains, pine forests and a seemingly endless sky into a horizon that has suddenly become lost.


    Expats who made an impact

    Brunch, Michael Ruffles, Published on 15/03/2015

    » The best bits of Americans in Thailand are up the back. And starting there isn’t as dumb as it sounds: There will be people out there picking it up at Asia Books or Kinokuniya and giving it a flick, looking for familiar names in the index. Choose a name, turn to a page, and you will find an interesting story told well. Chances are you will continue reading, and you will probably be intrigued enough to turn back to the previous chapter, and the one before that, to figure out what came before.


    Colour your calendar

    Brunch, Published on 28/12/2014

    » Just because your immediate plans revolve around where to go for New Year's Eve doesn't mean you shouldn't be thinking ahead. The end of a strange and slightly stressful 2014 is a good time to crack open next year's calendar or diary and start dreaming of the ultimate travel destinations.


    Behind the news

    Brunch, Michael Ruffles, Published on 25/05/2014

    » One of the curses, or blessings, of being a journalist is that everyone else’s story seems more interesting than your own. It’s great to meet the famous and powerful, and be in that ringside seat to history, but seldom does anyone else care about the reporter who acts as the conduit. JFK, Castro and Nixon changed history; Cronkite, Walters and Frost just got to talk to or about them. The best we can hope for is “Oh, the humanity”, a headline or phrase that will be forever linked with the event to which it was connected.


    Transplanted Bangkokian in Washington

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

    » Gossiping, girl's nights out and gold-digging crushes are instantly recognisable tropes of the popular literary genre of female commercial literature, known as chick-lit. Now we can add som tam and spice to the list because the genre has a new Thai counterpart. Tichakorn Khroopan Hill's debut novel, From Bangkok with Despair: (mis)adventures in DC, on the surface seems to retread the stiletto-punctured paths of the genre with blind faith, but the subtleties of having a Thai author (and protagonist) at the narrative helm gently surface like bubbles in a big mango Bellini. So how has Tichakorn brought a distinctly Thai flavour to the book and how much will she confess is autobiographical?


    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?


    Love story anchored in angkor shines light on past

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 26/05/2013

    » Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples are among mankind's most mystical and beautiful feats of architecture and sculpture. Beyond the passage of kings and the flows and ebbs of invasions, however, little is known of their creation and the daily life of the people at the time. While many modern-day Cambodians and visitors alike are moved by the remaining monuments and artistic beauty, not much has been written of their historical context.

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