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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 His instagram is @ w.h.chong


What happened to beauty?

July 6, 2009 2 Comments

The inscrutonable Roger on the modern intoxication with ugliness. At any time between 1750 and 1930, if you had asked an educated person to describe the goal of poetry, art, or music, “beauty” would have been the answer… The current habit of desecrating beauty suggests that people are as aware as they ever were of […]

RIP, Mrs Slocombe

RIP, Mrs Slocombe

July 4, 2009

‘Mrs Slocombe, are you free?’ ‘Yes, Mr Peacock, I’m free.’ Vale, Mollie Sugden, she of Mrs Slocombe, the Groan Dame of Are You Being Served? Mrs Slocombe’s great contribution to Anglohumour was her pet routine, as in, ‘Animals are very psychic; the least sign of danger and my pussy’s hair stands on end.’ So it […]

What he said

July 3, 2009

Michael Blim on Obama and the 40th anniversary of Stonewall But scratch any American, and scratch me for that matter, and beneath whatever we profess, you’ll find a raging libertarian.

Pina Bausch 1940-2009

July 3, 2009

[youtube][/youtube] The electrifying opening sequence of Pedro Almodovar’s film, Talk to Her, was an excerpt from “Cafe Muller’, a Pina Bausch dance piece – Bausch is the bare-shouldered dancer in this clip. The effect of the work is hard to explain, but easy to register its shock and exhilaration. Almodovar’s film exposed a whole new […]

So you want to learn to write like Nam Le?

So you want to learn to write like Nam Le?

July 2, 2009

Or Raymond Carver, or Joyce Carol Oates, or Alice Sebold, or John Irving, or Richard Ford? They all attended a Creative Writing course. If you’d like to learn to write but aren’t sure about hanging with all the other wannabes, check out the New Yorker, which asks – at fascinating length – should creative writing […]

Tim Winton’s guest post

July 1, 2009 10 Comments

Yup, that’s all Winton below. Look, I was going to keep this post short, but the issue – the Productivity Commission report on “Copyright Restrictions on the Parallel Importation of Books”, in the hands of the government as of today – suffers from being crazy esoteric* while being indescribably crucial to whatever it is we […]

michaeljackson: The Look, The Moves

michaeljackson: The Look, The Moves

June 30, 2009 1 Comment

Sick of the vulture sessions yet? michaeljackson nailed it in his ’83 lyric, Wanna Be Startin’ Something: You’re a vegetable, you’re a vegetable Still they hate you, you’re a vegetable You’re just a buffet, you’re a vegetable They eat off of you, you’re a vegetable Nonetheless, here are two notions I haven’t seen elsewhere: 1. […]

Death of a savant

Death of a savant

June 30, 2009

On the day he died I scrounged around for the music. The vinyl of Thriller and Bad are sealed within a staircase of boxes. No CDs or MP3s. Finally, the Off the Wall cassette (!) bought in Tokyo in the early ’90s. In the slot, ker-chunk. The tape stutters to the end of the spool […]

The revolution will not…

June 29, 2009 4 Comments

…be televised. The slogan much bandied about recently comes from Gil Scott-Heron‘s magnificent “proto-rap”. It was a prescient line: in Iran, television is a state apparatus. The uprising was cell-phoned, youtubed, tweeted and aggregated by private users and technologies. fyi: lyrics at the youtube page.