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

january 16–31, 2018

Books

  • Marlen Haushofer, The Wall, translated by Shaun Whiteside
  • Antoine Volodine, Bardo or Not Bardo, trans. J. T. Mahany
  • Krys Lee, How I Became a North Korean
  • Shirley Hazzard, People in Glass Houses
  • Italo Calvino, The Castle of Crossed Destinies, trans. William Weaver
  • A. E. van Vogt, The World of Null-A
  • H. G. Wells, The Wonderful Visit
  • Edmond Jabès, The Book of Margins, trans. Rosmarie Waldrop
  • Giorgio Bassani, Within the Walls, trans. Jamie McKendrick
  • Cyril Wong, Ten Things My Father Never Taught Me
  • Kenneth Fearing, The Big Clock
  • Evelyn Waugh, Decline and Fall

Films

  • ฝันบ้าคาราโอเกะ (Fun Bar Karaoke), directed by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
  • It’s a Gift, dir. Norman Z. McLeod
  • Step Brothers, dir. Adam McKay
  • Phantom Thread, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
  • The Bank Dick, dir. Edward Kline

Exhibits

  • “Early Years Project #2: Anticipation,” BACC, Bangkok
  • Jutarad Phattharasirasak & Rungruang Sittirerk, “Object and Relation,” People’s Gallery, BACC
  • “Points Exquisite and Clod of Clay,” People’s Gallery, BACC
  • “Entang Wiharso: Half Degree of Separation,” Tang Contemporary, Bangkok
  • “Aracha Cholitgul: Museum of the Swamp of Eels,” Nova Contemporary, Bangkok
  • “Jedsada Tangtrakulwong: Eclipse,” H Gallery, Bangkok
  • “Jason Wee: Stand. Move. (A Labyrinth),” H Project Space, Bangkok
  • “Chulayarnnon Siriphol: Museum of Kirati,” Bangkok Citycity Gallery, Bangkok
  • “Kata Sangkhae: Narrative of Monuments,” Kathmandu Photo Gallery, Bangkok
  • “Cinerama: Art and the Moving Image in Southeast Asia,” Singapore Art Museum
  • “Street Mining: Contemporary Art from the Philippines,” Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore
  • “Erianto: Artificially in Order,” Element Art Space, Singapore
  • “Folkloristics,” Mizuma Gallery, Singapore
  • “Yeo Kaa: Alone but Not Lonely,” Yavuz Gallery, Singapore
  • “Melati Suryodarmo: Timoribus,” Shanghart Gallery, Singapore
  • “Chen Wei: Fresh Dewdrop,” Ota Fine Arts, Singapore
  • “Hiromi Tango: Chromosomes,” Sullivan + Strumpf, Singapore
  • “Sarah Choo Jing: Accelerated Intimacy,” Yeo Workshop, Singapore
  • “The Oceanic,” NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore

january 1–15, 2018

Books

  • R. Parthasarathy, ed., Ten Twentieth-Century Indian Poets
  • Edmund White, Our Young Man
  • Danzy Senna, You Are Free
  • Fanny Howe, Gone
  • Anne Lee Tzu Pheng, Literary Pioneer Anne Lee Tzu Pheng—Artist in Words
  • Francesco Pacifico, The Story of My Purity, translated by Stephen Twilley
  • Annie Ernaux, Things Seen, trans. Jonathan Kaplansky
  • Anna Maria Ortese, The Bay Is Not Naples, trans. Frances Frenaye
  • Roger Lewinter, The Attraction of Things, trans. Rachel Careau
  • Amélie Nothomb, Pétronille, trans. Alison Anderson
  • Antonio Tabucchi, For Isabel: A Mandala, trans. Elizabeth Harris
  • Christine Chia, Joshua Ip & Cheryl Julia Lee, eds., A Luxury We Must Afford: An Anthology of Singapore Poetry
  • Alan Felsenthal, Lowly
  • Antonio Tabucchi, Time Ages in a Hurry, trans. Martha Cooley & Antonio Romani
  • Italo Calvino, The Cloven Viscount, trans. Archibald Colquhoun

december 16–31, 2017

Books

  • Jean Giono, Melville: A Novel, translated by Paul Eprile
  • Greg Sestero & Tom Bissell, The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
  • Édouard Levé, Autoportrait, trans. Lorin Stein
  • Michel Tournier, Eleazar, Exodus to the West, trans. Jonathan F. Krell
  • Lynne Tillman, Haunted Houses
  • Barbara Howes, ed., The Eye of the Heart: Short Stories from Latin America
  • Matt Ruff, Lovecraft Country
  • Kamala Das, Childhood in Malabar: A Memoir, trans. Gita Krishnankutty

Exhibits

  • “Threads & Tensions: Stories from Southeast Asia,” Yeo Workshop, Singapore
  • “Luke Heng: After Asphodel,” Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore
  • Indo-Portugeuse Museum, Kochi, India
  • Kerala Folklore Museum, Kochi

december 1–15, 2017

Books

  • Iris Murdoch, Henry and Cato
  • Charles Portis, The Dog of the South
  • Peter Reading, Work in Regress
  • Charles Portis, Norwood
  • Marc Nair & Nicola Anthony, Intersection
  • Emmanuel Carrère, Lives Other Than My Own, translated by Linda Coverdale
  • Mary Ruefle, Trances of the Blast
  • Fanny Howe, Second Childhood

Films

  • Logan Lucky, directed by Steven Soderbergh
  • The Phenix City Story, dir. Phil Karlson

Exhibits

  • “Between Worlds: Raden Saleh & Juan Luna,” National Gallery, Singapore
  • “Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay,” National Gallery