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W H Chong  — Culture Mulcher

W H Chong

Culture Mulcher

W. H. Chong is a book designer and artist. He is Design Director at Text Publishing, and a founding member of ABDA (Australian Book Designers Association). His work can be seen at whchong.com. His instagram is @ w.h.chong

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Slowly I Turned

July 10, 2009

I wanted a bit of cheer so I looked up my favourite Jewish comedians doing my favourite skit, ‘Slowly I Turned.’ It’s not the best quality, still, you get the picture and you’ll sure get the joke. There’s a rather unfunnier version by Abbott & Costello – but you might enjoy the appropriately zany parody […]

The stupid country

The stupid country

July 10, 2009 5 Comments

In today’s Age former head Hunter & Collector, Mark Seymour, has written a scathing indictment of the commercially driven lobby to remove Australian literary copyright, a lobby being fronted by ex-NSW Premier Bob Carr. Just to remind ourselves, this group of mega-chains, including Dymocks (Carr is a board member), Woolworths, Coles, K-Mart, Big W and […]

Unnatural talent (I)

Unnatural talent (I)

July 9, 2009

I’ve had art making on my mind. How one makes art. How one arrives at making art. A vague and fluid region – as the nun trilled about Maria in The Sound of Music, ‘How do you pin a wave upon the sand?’. A grand old artist told me recently how, in his youth, he […]

Niche job if you can get it

July 9, 2009

At a dinner party last night the elderly host said, ‘Oh, everyone around this table has a niche job.’ I hadn’t misheard, he hadn’t said ‘Nice’. What surprised me was how seemingly true that felt. And that would be a good thing. Here are the first two dictionary.com definitions of niche: 1. an ornamental recess […]

O, for a pair of cheap blue jeans

O, for a pair of cheap blue jeans

July 8, 2009 1 Comment

The excellent photography site 100 eyes has a suitably eye-opening photo essay by Justin Jin. If you’ve ever wondered where all those cheap jeans* came from, have a look. Caption to the picture above: Workers scrub jeans using a sanding machine in Mr Huang’s factory in Zhongshan city, China. The blue dust from the jeans […]

The Age of Jackson

The Age of Jackson

July 8, 2009 1 Comment

The New York Review of Books is, like, so right up to the moment! In the Contents of the recently arrived issue: ‘Judging the Age of Jackson’. He’s finally made it, he’s achieved ivory cred.

Dear Reviewer, ‘I will hate you till the day I die’

Dear Reviewer, ‘I will hate you till the day I die’

July 7, 2009 8 Comments

Celebrity schadenfreude* involving an author, and a philosopher at that, elevates it far above the midden material of a Britney or TomKat or Christian Bale fracas. The brow clash of Jonathan Franzen (high) and Oprah (lower middle) brought literary skirmishes into new media. (Martin Amis’ The Information moment in ’94 was a newspaper affair – […]

The Rite of Spring by Pina Bausch

The Rite of Spring by Pina Bausch

July 7, 2009

Another piece by PB (7:25 min). Exciting, as always, and maybe slightly diabolical. She’s good at tableau, and good at laying down a hook. A set of cafe chairs, (PB in Cafe Müller, left), a field of pink flowers. In this segment we can see the use she’s made of a phalanx of bodies against […]

The sound of thinking

The sound of thinking

July 6, 2009 2 Comments

Imagine the score of a late Beethoven piano sonata. Then, being in a concert hall as the pianist attacks the keyboard, the black blizzard of notes swelling over the audience. If, like me, you are less than naturally musical, you are … processing – listening to the flow of sounds with that strange, innate ability […]

Bringing Bacon home

Bringing Bacon home

July 6, 2009 2 Comments

If you’re going to New York this northern summer, you’ll no doubt be checking out the Met’s grand centennial show, or coronation, (as Slate puts it) of Francis Bacon. Like the New Yorker‘s Peter Schjeldahl, I have mixed feelings about the paintings – still, Bacon is unavoidable. He’s got the car crash factor. Not going […]