june 16–30, 2018

Books

  • Graham Greene, The Quiet American
  • Eugene Burdick & William Lederer, The Ugly American
  • Emmanuel Carrère, Class Trip, translated by Linda Coverdale
  • Emmanuel Carrère, The Mustache, trans. Lanie Goodman
  • Daryl Qilin Yam, Kappa Quartet
  • Luigi Pirandello, Liolà, trans. Eric Bentley & Gerardo Guerrieri
  • Luigi Pirandello, It Is So! (If You Think So), trans. Arthur Livingston
  • Luigi Pirandello, Henry IV, trans. Edward Storer
  • Pramoedya Ananta Toer, This Earth of Mankind, trans. Max Lane

june 1–15, 2018

Books

  • Anne Boyer, A Handbook of Disappointed Fate
  • Michel Houellebecq, H. P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life, translated by Dorna Khazeni
  • Homer, The Odyssey, trans. Emily Wilson
  • Charif Majdalani, Moving the Palace, trasn. Edward Gauvin
  • Samuel Steward, Philip Sparrow Tells All: Lost Essays by Samuel Steward, Writer, Professor, Tattoo Artist, ed. Jeremy Mulderig

Films

  • French Waves, directed by Julian Starke

Exhibits

  • “Caravaggio: Opera Omnia,” BACC, Bangkok
  • “Narongyot Thongyu: A Child’s World in the Days of Adults,” People’s Gallery, BACC
  • “Kraiwit Phothikul: Equivalent,” People’s Gallery, BACC
  • “Jittima Pholsawek: Let Me Dance,” People’s Gallery, BACC
  • “Yeoh Choo Kuan: Lights In,” Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok
  • “Rituals: Ink, Oil, Cotton, and Thread,” Nova Contemporary, Bangkok
  • “Designing Informality: Inhabitable Chariots for Daily Rituals,” H Gallery, Bangkok
  • “Mit Jai Inn: Beautiful Futures,” H Gallery, Bangkok
  • “Pericles Boutos: Present – Official Function,” Kathmandu Photo Gallery, Bangkok
  • “Prawit Lumcharoen: Sick Boy เด็กห่วย,” Number 1 Gallery, Bangkok

may 16–31, 2018

Books

  • René Daumal, A Night of Serious Drinking, translated by David Coward & E. A. Lovatt
  • Michel Tournier, Friday, trans. Norman Denny
  • Patty Yumi Cottrell, Sorry to Disrupt the Peace
  • J. M. Coetzee, Foe
  • Primo Levi, If This Is a Man, trans. Stuart Woolf

Exhibits

  • “(Re)collect: The Making of Our Art Collection,” National Gallery Singapore
  • Borobudur, Indonesia
  • Prambanban, Indonesia
  • Taman Sari, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • “Artjog 2018”, National Museum of Yogyakarta, Indonesia

may 1–15, 2018

Books

  • Deborah Eisenberg, Your Duck Is My Duck
  • Italo Calvino, Into the War, translated by Martin McLaughlin
  • Italo Calvino, The Road to San Giovanni, trans. Tim Parks
  • Erri De Luca, The Day Before Happiness, trans. Jill Foulston
  • Erri De Luca, Me, You, trans. Beth Archer Brombert
  • Carlo Levi, Essays on India, trans. Antony Shugaar
  • Kushanava Choudhury, The Epic City: The World on the Streets of Calcutta
  • Amit Chaudhuri, Odysseus Abroad
  • Alessandro Barrico, City, trans. Ann Goldstein
  • Robert Yeo, The Adventures of Holden Heng
  • Hwee Hwee Tan, Mammon Inc.
  • Emmanuel Carrère, I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey into the Mind of Philip K. Dick, trans. Timothy Bent
  • Primo Levi, The Drowned and the Saved, trans. Raymond Rosenthal
  • Amélie Nothomb, Sulphuric Acid, trans. Shaun Whiteside
  • Roger Lewinter, Story of Love in Solitude: Eros Orpheus Eurydice, trans. Rachel Careau

Films

  • They Live by Night, directed by Nicholas Ray
  • অরণ্যের দিনরাত্রি (Days and Nights in the Forest), dir. Satyajit Ray
  • Visages Villages (Faces Places), dir. Agnès Varda & JR
  • Christmas in Connecticut, dir. Peter Godfrey

Exhibits

  • “Tromp l’Œil,” Sullivan + Strumpf
  • “Zai Kuning,” Ota Fine Arts Singapore
  • “Lingering Manifestations,” PearlLam Galleries
  • “Pupuk Daru Purnomo: Second Chance,” Mizuma Gallery
  • “Hu Jieming & Hu Weiyi: Imagination Is Reality,” Shanghart Gallery
  • “Edward Clydesdale Thomson & Mike HJ Chang: The Body and the Seed,” Yeo Workshop
  • “Ronald Apriyan: The Metropolis,” Element Art Space

april 16–30, 2018

Books

  • Eric Kraft, Albertine’s Overcoat
  • Jeremy Tiang, State of Emergency
  • Balli Kaur Jaswal, Inheritance
  • Walker Percy, The Message in the Bottle: How Queer Man Is, How Queer Language Is, and What One Has to Do with the Other
  • Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes
  • Richard Holmes, Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer
  • Massimo Riva, editor, Italian Tales: An Anthology of Contemporary Italian Fiction
  • Primo Levi, If Not Now, When?, translated by William Weaver
  • Chester Himes, The Crazy Kill
  • Annie Ernaux, Cleaned Out, trans. Carol Sanders

april 1–15, 2018

Books

  • Walker Percy, The Last Gentleman
  • Susan Howe, Debths
  • Dino Buzzati, Catastrophe, translated by Judith Landry, Cynthia Jolly & E. R. Low
  • Harry Mathews, The Solitary Twin
  • Roger Grenier, Palace of Books, trans. Alice Kaplan
  • Mark E. Smith & Mick Muddles, Renegade: The Lives and Tales of Mark E. Smith
  • Anna Maria Ortese, Neapolitan Chronicles, trans. Ann Goldstein & Jenny McPhee

It’s nice to have more Ortese in print in English, though I can’t help thinking this cynically retitled Il mare non bagna Napoli obscures what’s most interesting about her as a writer, instead casting her as a slightly wonky neorealist forbear to Ferrante. The translation isn’t substantively different from the 1955 Francis Frenaye translation, though the text is slightly more complete and contextual notes explain who the Neapolitan literati were. But the reader of this might reasonably imagine that Ortese died after this work, rather than going on to write her much more interesting later novels and stories; this does Ortese a disservice.

  • R. K. Narayan, The Guide

Films

  • The Disaster Artist, directed by James Franco
  • Harpya, dir. Raoul Servais
  • Labirynt, dir. Jan Lenica
  • Tango, dir. Zbigniew Rybczyński
  • The League of Gentlemen, dir. Basil Deardon
  • A Quiet Place, dir. John Krasinski
  • The Naked Truth, dir. Mario Zampi
  • I Am Not Your Negro, dir. Raoul Peck
  • Lifeforce, dir. Tobe Hooper
  • Fantastic Voyage, dir. Richard Fleischer

Exhibits

  • “Tarek Atoui: The Ground: From the Land to the Sea,” NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore
  • “Michael Lee: Creatif Compleks,” NTU CCA
  • “The Institute of Critical Zoologists: Final Report of the Christmas Island Expert Working Group,” NTU CCA
  • “Marcin Dudek: Sovereign Heads,” Yeo Workshop
  • “Khairullah Rahm: The Incredible Frolic,” Yavuz Gallery
  • “Wai Teik: Offerings,” Chan + Hori Contemporary
  • “Spring Highlights,” Sundaram Tagore Singapore
  • “Dinh Q. Lê: Monuments and Memorials,” STPI
  • “Zai Kuning: Dapunta Hyang: Transmission of Knowledge,” Theatreworks

march 15–31, 2017

Books

  • Ross Macdonald, Meet Me at the Morgue
  • Alfian Sa’at, Malay Sketches
  • Cyril Wong, Let Me Tell You Something about That Night: Strange Tales
  • Ross Macdonald, The Dark Tunnel
  • U. R. Ananthamurthy, Samskara: A Rite for a Dead Man, translated by A. R. Ramanujan
  • Apuleius, The Golden Ass, trans. Sarah Ruden
  • Ross Macdonald, Trouble Follows Me
  • Théophile Gautier, My Fantoms, trans. Richard Holmes
  • Muriel Spark, The Girls of Slender Means

Films

  • A Wrinkle in Time, directed by Ava DuVernay
  • Denk ich an Deutschland in der Nacht (If I Think of Germany at Night), dir. Romuald Karmakar
  • The Death of Stain, dir. Armando Iannucci

Exhibits

  • “Challenging Beauty: Insights into Italian Contemporary Art,” The Parkview Museum
  • “Wee Hong Ling: In Flux,” The Private Museum
  • “Rediscovering Forgotten Thai Masters Of Photography,” NUS Museum
  • “Buaya: The Making of a Non-Myth,” NUS Museum
  • “Always Moving: The Batik Art of Sarkasi Said,” NUS Museum

1–15 march, 2017

Books

  • Leonardo Sciascia, A Simple Story, translated by Howard Curtis
  • Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation
  • Jeff VanderMeer, Authority
  • Jeff VanderMeer, Acceprance
  • Simon Tay, Stand Alone
  • Arthur Yap, Noon at Five O’Clock: The Collected Short Stories
  • Alfian Sa’at, The Corridor
  • Ross Macdonald, The Ivory Grin
  • Robert Yeo, The Singapore Trilogy

Films

  • The Shape of Water, directed by Guillermo del Toro
  • It’s Always Fair Weather, dir. Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen
  • Dead of Night, dir. Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden & Robert Hamer

Galleries

  • “Gianni Piacentino: Works 1966–2017,” Partners & Mucciaccia
  • “Eguchi Ayane: Ode to Wonderland,” Mizuma Gallery
  • “Nobuaki Takekawa: Cat Olympics: In Memory of Torajiro,” Ota Fine Arts
  • “Faisal Habibi: Fillet,” Sullivan+Strumpf
  • “Angela Chong: Else,” Chan+Hori Contemporary
  • “Goh Abigail: Continuations (and Rests) Between Spaces,” Chan+Hori Contemporary
  • “Lui Hock Seng: Passing Time,” Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film
  • “A Study in South-East Asian Artworks,” Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

16–28 february, 2018

Books

  • Pritham K. Chakravarthy & Rakesh Khanna, eds., The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction, Volume 2
  • Azareen Van der Vleet Oloomi, Call Me Zebra
  • Evan S. Connell, Mrs. Bridge
  • Evan S. Connell, Mr. Bridge
  • Anthony Burgess, Little Wilson and Big God
  • Boris Vian, Autumn in Peking, translated by Paul Knobloch

Films

  • The Big Clock, directed by John Farrow
  • Lady Bird, dir. Greta Gerwig
  • Meet Me in St. Louis, dir. Vincente Minnelli

1–15 february, 2018

Books

  • Raduan Nassar, Ancient Tillage, translated by K. S. Sotelino
  • Jim Thompson, The Killer Inside Me
  • John Waters, Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America
  • Pramoedya Ananta Toer, It’s Not an All Night Fair, trans. C. W. Watson
  • John Waters, Crackpot
  • Satyajit Ray, The Mystery of Monroe Island and Other Stories, trans. Indrani Majumdar
  • Gita Mehta, Karma Cola: Marketing the Mystic East
  • R. K. Narayan, The Man-Eater of Malgudi

Exhibits

  • “Kim Lim: Sculpting Light,” STPI, Singapore
  • Government Museum, Chennai, India
  • India Art Fair, New Delhi, India
  • “Anja Dodiya: The Air Is a Mill of Hooks,” Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, India
  • “A Search in Five Directions: Textiles from the Vishwakarma Exhibitions,” National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum, New Delhi, India
  • “Dhanraj Bhagat 1917–1988: Journey from the Physical to the Spiritual,” National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India
  • “In the Seeds of Time,” National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India