Preecha Phinthong’s “Isan-Thai-English Dictionary” is like a very long love letter to the Isaan literature and language. But almost 30 years after its first publication, it is time for a more modern version, writes Peera Songkünnatham.
Pop Aye is about a middle-aged man facing a midlife crisis. It is a road movie about coming to terms with living and dying. It isn’t really about elephants, yet everywhere you look around here, there’s an elephant.
Peera Songkünnatham explores perceptions of Isaan cuisine as “unclean” and foreigners’ food preferences through a dialogue with their significant other, interspersed with public health posters in a cancer hospital.
Rocket festivals, haircuts under the wing of a plane and dog population control in the 1960s in Isaan. Read the final part of the essay “A day at the races” by Kermit Krueger, who was a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Maha Sarakham from 1963 to 1965.