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Sounds of the Zomia, Sounds of Resistance: An Interview with Kink Gong

Laurent Jeanneau, also known as Kink Gong, walks among the peoples of Southeast Asia and listens, with sincere passion, for their vanishing music and culture.

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Indonesian Author Eliza Vitri Handayani on Her Novel of Freedom Set in a Repressed Society

"We were taught what we should aspire to: excelling in math and the sciences were all good because those things have almost nothing to do with politics, but if you had artistic aspirations, if you had the need to examine life…"

William L Gibson
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Apocalypse, American Style

Apocalypse Now is the most iconic American film about America's War in Vietnam. But we are not here to expand the myth. We are here to explode it.

Music

Heathen Folklore with Alt/Indie Psych-rock Artist Alvarius B.

"I think it's healthy to have a disdain for mankind and to use a sense of anger and violence and hatred for creative purposes."

Film

How 'The Quiet American' Continues to Colonize Vietnam

Neither bombs nor bumbling Americans broke the will of the Vietnamese. Something far more insidious and far-reaching, however, may have.

Film

Life in the Interzone in Old Shanghai

The Sing-song Girls of Shanghai and Flowers of Shanghai capture a William S. Borroughs-like Interzone in Old Shanghai.

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Fox Lorber

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Still Living Dangerously After All These Years

As autocratic leaders slowly take over the First World, popular representations of a Third World coup take on renewed significance.

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Didier Millet, 4th edition

Books

On the Robot Zombies of Angkor Wat in John Burdett's 'The Bangkok Asset'

The sixth novel in John Burdett's Bangkok detective series is a dispiriting, dismaying mess. Is there still hope for recovery or is the series in a death spiral?

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Vintage Crime, Black Lizard

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Vintage Crime/Black Lizard

Film

The Absolution of Paul Theroux's 'Saint Jack' in a World Lacking Irony

The narrative of Paul Theroux's (and later Peter Bogdanovich's) Saint Jack offers a palliative to the high-priced hedonism taking place in an American-owned compound in Singapore.

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Marshall Cavendish

Film

Death Tripping Tibetan Style With Gaspar Noé's 'Enter the Void'

Reaching for the ultimate psychedelic experience, director Gaspar Noé found The Tibetan Book of the Dead, but did he know what he found when he crafted Enter the Void?

Film

Why Does Paul Bowles' 70-Year-Old Existential Masterpiece Continue to Test Our Limits?

The Sheltering Sky is itself a test of limits: its form is an exploration of how far one can go in novel writing.

Politics

It's in the Blood: A Conversation with History Writer Tim Hannigan

Treading the lines between journalist and academic, travel writer and scholar, author Tim Hannigan talks about his latest book and his unorthodox approach to writing historical narratives.

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Monsoon

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Monsoon Books

Interviews

On Evil Yogis and the Icy Silence of Yoga's Post-Disintegration

David Gordon White's life-long research of South Asian religions reveals the dubious roots of the West's feel good contemporary yoga industry.

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University Of Chicago Press

Film

Yellow Fever and Yum-Yum Girls

Multiple versions of the classic story The World of Suzie Wong offer different takes on a social phenomenon, but can any of them escape the biases of their authors?

Interviews

Champagne and Knuckle-Dusters, or, Modern Life in Singapore

Novelist and poet Catherine Lim, the most persistent critic of Singapore's government, talks candidly about her new memoir, the half-century anniversary of the city-state, and the death of founder Lee Kuan Yew.

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