february 1–15, 2017

Books

  • Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Refugees
  • Sometimes a book gets lucky with its publication date? Not as overwhelming as The Sympathizer (also I don’t particularly care for the short story as a form), but Nguyen’s range impresses, as does his empathy.

  • Corrado Augias, The Secrets of Rome: Life & Death in the Eternal City
  • There aren’t many books that can be put on a shelf next to Georgina Masson’s Companion Guide to Rome but this is one of them. Not quite Carlo Levi’s L’Orologio, but what is? An old Italian guy telling stories about the cities: most of these are familiar, but they’re well-told, and there are entertaining digressions.

  • Pramuan Burusphat, Destination: Still Unknown
  • It’s not often that there’s an art show in Bangkok that’s actually interesting: most everything seems to be aimed at providing decorations for hotels or is cartoonishly amateur. (That said: right now is a weird high point.) This show at BACC was surprisingly good: though I wonder if my reaction to it was that he was educated in the U.S. and his references (conceptualism in the 1970s) are familiar?

  • Ellery Queen, Calamity Town
  • (for a writing project.)

  • Flann O’Brien, The Hard Life: An Exegesis of Squalor
  • A list claims that I read this when I was in college. I have absolutely no memory of it at all, which is mildly worrying. Maybe I was confusing this with The Poor Mouth?

Films

  • A Day at the Races, directed by Sam Wood
  • Little Sister, dir. Zach Clark
  • Love and Friendship, dir. Whit Stillman
  • La stanza del figlio, dir. Nanni Moretti
  • The Last Movie, dir. Dennis Hopper
  • The River, dir. Jean Renoir
  • Spider Baby, dir. Jack Hill
  • Il racconto dei racconti (Tale of Tales), dir. Matteo Garrone

Exhibits

  • “Pramuan Burusphat: Destination: Still Unknown,” BACC
  • “Erwin Wurm: The Philosophy of Instructions,” BACC
  • “Noppanan Thannaree: Simple-Truth,” People’s Gallery, BACC
  • “For Those Who Died Trying,” BACC
  • “Sopheap Pich: New Works,” H Gallery Bangkok
  • “Peeraya Suphasidh: Iterations of a Dream,” H Project Space
  • “Harit Srikhao: A Boy Who Was Kidnapped by Time,” Kathmandu Photo Gallery

january 16–31, 2017

Books

  • Eimear McBride, The Lesser Bohemians
  • I still need to finish A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing. I like how wonderfully oral McBride’s writing is; it loses power when a character’s monologue takes over the narrative and perspective is lost (as well as the distinctive voice). But a very well-done book. More books should be written like this.

  • Georges Simenon, Maigret Meets a Milord, translated by Robert Baldick
  • Álvaro Enrigue, Sudden Death, trans. Natasha Wimmer
  • There are a lot of reasons I should like this book: its preoccupations with Rome, Caravaggio, and the early history of Mexico City. But it feels a little too much like a research novel. Probably not fair to read this so soon after the death of John Berger: it suffers when compared to G.

  • Georges Simenon, Maigret and the Hundred Gibbets, trans. Tony White
  • Rosamond Lehmann, Dusty Answer
  • Is there a reason New York Review Books has not reprinted this? Could be shelved next to Denton Welch or Alain-Fournier.

  • Iris Murdoch, The Sea, The Sea
  • Someone should have a project of recreating all the terrible-sounding meals described in this book and putting them in a gallery to rot without refrigeration.

  • Paul Murray, The Mark and the Void
  • This book is a probably twice as long as it needs to be, but it feels important: somebody’s using fiction to scrutinize how capitalism works, or doesn’t work, now. The subplot about the place of art inside of capitalism doesn’t come off as well, but it’s still a good effort.

Films

  • Julieta, directed by Pedro Almodóvar
  • The Cocoanuts, dir. Robert Florey & Joseph Santley
  • Horse Feathers, dir. Norman Z. McLeod
  • Monkey Business, dir. Norman Z. McLeod
  • Everybody Wants Some!!, dir. Richard Linklater
  • The Lathe of Heaven, dir. David Loxton & Fred Barzyk

december 16–31, 2016

Books

  • G. V. Desani, All About H. Hatterr
  • Leonard Cohen, The Favourite Game
  • George V. Higgins, The Friends of Eddie Coyle
  • Iris Murdoch, The Bell
  • Iris Murdoch, The Sandcastle
  • Jace Clayton, Uproot: Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture
  • Chris Kraus, I Love Dick
  • Don DeLillo, Zero K
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer
  • Iris Murdoch, An Unofficial Rose
  • Muriel Spark, Memento Mori

Films

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, directed by Gareth Edwards

november 16–30, 2016

Books

  • Iris Murdoch, The Sacred and Profane Love Machine
  • Stanisław Lem, Memoirs Found in a Bathtub, translated by Michael Kandel & Christine Rose
  • Aleksandar Hemon, The Making of Zombie Wars
  • Irish Murdoch, Bruno’s Dream
  • Stanisław Lem, His Master’s Voice, trans. Michael Kandel

Films

  • The Parallax View, dir. Alan J. Pakula
  • Rad der Zeit (Wheel of Time), dir. Werner Herzog
  • Glaube und Währung – Dr. Gene Scott, Fernsehprediger (God’s Angry Man), dir. Werner Herzog
  • Clouds of Sils Maria, dir. Olivier Assayas
  • The Witness, dir. James D. Solomon

november 1–15, 2016

Books

  • Mohsin Hamid, Exit West
  • Iris Murdoch, A Severed Head
  • Georges Simenon, Maigret and the Enigmatic Lett, translated by Daphne Woodward
  • Iris Murdoch, The Flight from the Enchanter
  • Grace Chia, The Cuckoo Conundrum
  • George Szirtes, Singapore Notebook & Blessed Isle
  • Yong Shu Hoong, Right of the Soil
  • Jean Tay, Saint
  • Timothy O’Grady & Anthony Lott, Belfast
  • Ben Watt, Patient: The True Story of a Rare Illness

Exhibits

  • Singapore Biennale, Singapore Art Museum
  • “Port Cities: Multicultural Emporiums of Asia, 1500–1900,” Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

Films

  • Into the Inferno, directed by Werner Herzog

october 16–31, 2016

Books

  • Norbert Davis, The Mouse in the Mountain
  • Norbert Davis, Sally’s in the Alley
  • Norbert Davis, Oh, Murderer Mine
  • Jan Morris, Conundrum
  • Italo Calvino, The Non-existent Knight, translated by Archibald Colquhoun
  • Italo Calvino, The Baron in the Trees, trans. Archibald Colquhoun
  • Leonardo Sciascia, The Day of the Owl, trans. Archibald Colquhoun
  • Satyajit Ray, Indigo: Selected Stories, trans. Satyajit Ray & Gopa Majumdar
  • Karan Mahajan, Family Planning
  • Julio Cortázar, From the Observatory, trans. Anne McLean
  • Karan Mahajan, The Association of Small Bombs
  • Abraham Merritt, The Face in the Abyss
  • Khushwant Singh, Delhi: A Novel
  • Amit Chaudhuri, A New World

Exhibits

  • Jantar Mantar, Delhi
  • Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, Amer
  • City Palace, Jaipur
  • Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
  • Mehrangarh Museum, Jodhpur
  • City Palace, Udaipur
  • Bagore ki Haveli Museum, Udaipur

Films

  • Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, directed by Werner Herzog
  • Caro diario, dir. Nanni Moretti

october 1–15, 2016

Books

  • Italo Calvino, Collection of Sand: Essays, translated by Martin McLaughlin
  • Jonathan Lethem, Gun, with Occasional Music
  • Cesare Pavese, The Moon and the Bonfires, trans. R. W. Flint
  • John Burgess, Temple in the Clouds: Faith and Conflict at Preah Vihear
  • Michel Faber, The Book of Strange New Things
  • Nell Zink, Nicotine
  • Pierre Mac Orlan, A Handbook for the Perfect Adventurer, trans. Napoleon Jeffries

Films

  • Capricorn One, directed by Peter Hyams
  • L’enlèvement de Michel Houellebecq (The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq), dir. Guillaume Nicloux
  • My Scientology Movie, dir. John Dower

Exhibits

  • Angkor National Museum, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • “Praiwan Chairat: Opposite Horizon, One Sky,” Jamjuree Art Gallery

september 16–30, 2016

Books

  • Philip K. Dick, The Zap Gun
  • Philip K. Dick, The Simulacrum
  • Philip K. Dick, The Unteleported Man
  • Philip K. Dick, Lies, Inc.
  • Philip K. Dick, Counter-Clock World
  • Christine Chia & Joshua Ip, eds., A Luxury We Cannot Afford: An Anthology of Singapore Poetry
  • Philip K. Dick & Ray Nelson, The Ganymede Takeover
  • Philip K. Dick, Galactic Pot-Healer
  • Philip K. Dick, Nick and the Glimmung
  • Russell Hoban, Turtle Diary
  • Italo Calvino, Hermit in Paris: Autobiographical Writings, translated by Martin McLaughlin
  • Vladimir Nabokov, The Enchanter, trans. Dmitri Nabokov

Films

  • Antonia, directed by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino
  • Ladies They Talk About, dir. Howard Bretherton & William Keighley,
  • Paisà (Paisan), dir. Roberto Rossellini
  • Anomalisa, dir. Charlie Kaufmann & Duke Johnson
  • Císařův slavík (The Emperor’s Nightingale), dir. Jiří Trnka
  • Kybernetická babička (The Cybernetic Grandma), dir. Jiří Trnka
  • Ruka (The Hand), dir. Jiří Trnka
  • Tsukiji Wonderland, dir. Shôtarô Endô

Exhibits

  • “Northern Land, Southern Seas,” Tang Gallery
  • Angkor Panorama Museum, Siem Reap, Cambodia

september 1–15, 2016

Books

  • Philip K. Dick, Eye in the Sky
  • Philip K. Dick, The Game-Players of Titan
  • Philip K. Dick, Dr. Bloodmoney Or How We Got Along after the Bomb
  • Angela Carter, The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman
  • Halldór Laxness, Under the Glacier, translated by Magnus Magnusson
  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Primitive
  • Nicholson Baker, The Fermata
  • Terre Thaemlitz, Nuisance: Writings on Identity Jamming & Digital Audio Production

Films

  • Chandu the Magician, dir. William Cameron Menzies & Marcel Varnel
  • Daisy Kenyon, dir. Otto Preminger
  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, dir. Robert Aldrich
  • Into the Abyss, dir. Werner Herzog
  • Unga Sophie Bell (Young Sophie Bell), dir. Amanda Adolfsson
  • They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, dir. Sydney Pollack
  • Film Socialisme, dir. Jean-Luc Godard
  • Ljubavni slučaj ili tragedija službenice P.T.T. (Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator), dir. Dušan Makavejev
  • Kailash – Pilgerfahrt zum Thron der Götter (Kailash: Pilgrimage to the Throne of the Gods), dir. Frank Fiedler & Florian Fricke
  • Storia di un riparatore (The Repairman), dir. Paolo Mitton
  • Mia madre, dir. Nanni Moretti

Exhibitions

  • Lanna Folklife Museum, Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Mai Historical Centre, Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Mai National Museum, Chiang Mai
  • “720th Year Chiang Mai Then ’Till Now,” Ching Mai House of Photography and Photographic Art
  • “The Serenity of Madness: A Selected Survey of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Works,” MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai
  • “Feeling the 1990s: Contemporary Art from Thailand and Its Neighbours from the Pipitmaya Collection,” MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai
  • “Chalongdej Kuphanumat: Spirit – Universe,” Chiang Mai University Art Center
  • “Aeta Dhammasil: Buddhist Art Exhibition 4th,” Chiang Mai University Art Center
  • “Unseen Siam: Early Photography 1860–1910,” BACC
  • “Pratuang Emjaroen: Traces and Trails,” BACC
  • “Trirat Sriburin: Building,” People’s Gallery, BACC
  • “Korakrit Arunanondchai: 2012–2555, 2556, 2557,” Jim Thompson Art Center