Kong Rithdee is the best cultural critic in English language press in Thailand. His latest post from the Bangkok Post shows again his familiarity with Western culture and his ability to bring this to his discussion of Thai culture. Not an easy task. He’s unusual and a breath of fresh air in an arena filled with few critical minds.
He starts with “glumfish” from Rushdie on to “executed metaphors” then to Soviet dissidents, Picasso, Roland Barthes and back to glumfish. He is writing about Somyot Pruksakasemsuk, a magazine editor recently sentenced to ten years in jail for publishing lese majeste content.
Rithdee writes, “…because seeing anybody thrown in jail for writing something outside the popular or official belief is a horror beyond any acrobatic symbolism.”
The article is here.