December, 2013

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Best Podcasts of 2013

, Dec 16, 2013

Tune in and drop out. Sidestep politics into a world of culture podcasts.
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Books and Blogs 2012: favourites

, Dec 19, 2012

The passion of Andrew Sullivan. The alpha and omega of Patrick White. The lost masterpiece of Australian literature. The dying words of an art critic.
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Podcasts 2012: favourites

, Dec 18, 2012

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Blessings of the podcast: Weekly sex advice, fortnightly language discussions, fashion tips from the streets of New York, New York. And movies, they talk about movies.
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Obama’s Rainbowquake

, Nov 08, 2012

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US election explodes into pink and black, browns and yellows, celebrates with huge spliff. And, the death of the political pundit.
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A drawing a day: MSM Redhead strikeout

, Oct 22, 2012

The drawing: Tony Abbott's furrowed brow.
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Loitering with Obama

, Sep 17, 2012

Essential: This is the NPR Terry Gross interview with Michael Lewis publicising Lewis’ piece, Obama’s Way, in October’s Vanity Fair. (The Yanks always seem a month ahead of us.) Pete Souza/The White House. Michael Lewis with President Obama. The article is extreme journalism in which Michael Lewis gets to “loiter” around Obama for six months; […]
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Hanging with the Syrian rebels

, Aug 23, 2012

“We’re all going to be matyrs eventually, but not for nothing.” This was spoken by “Abdul Hakeem Haseen, a formerly clean shaven accountant and the father of two young boys.” Whose father had been jailed — fated for death, or to be used as bait. Hakeem is the commander of a little rebel unit calling […]
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50 Sheds of Grey: Erotica for the not-too-modern male

, Jul 11, 2012

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An NY friend passed on this parody and it is too perfect. Two faves: 1) ‘Hurt me,’ she begged, raising her skirt as she bent over my workbench. ‘Very well,’ I replied, ‘You’ve got fat ankles and no dress sense.’ 2) My whole body shuddered as she entered my Man Cave. I really must get […]
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The Voice: decoding the album art

, Jul 11, 2012

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Last night my bus stop was glowing with promise, with stardust. It was the campaign for the albums by the finalists in The Voice, the program that popstar Seal proclaimed as The Greatest Event in Australian Television History. (Channel 9’s hit-beyond-their-wildest-dreams is franchise reality, via the US/Europe, originating as The Voice of Holland.) The backlit […]
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Rupert: Fox News is not news

, Jun 29, 2012

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New York Times: Rupert Murdoch confirmed Thursday morning that News Corporation … will proceed with a plan to divide the company in two — separating newspapers like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post and The Times of London from the fast-growing entertainment unit. …the entertainment group, which would include cable channels like FX […]
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A picture of Alan Saunders (in memoriam)

, Jun 27, 2012

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It’s been over a week since a friend texted to ask ‘Have you seen that Alan Saunders.’ In her unsettled haste she neglected to add “… has died.” That’s Alan Saunders, the longtime ABC broadcaster. Like her message, my feelings of disconsolation are still unresolved. I had no idea you could so simply, so shockingly […]
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The Markets: spooked

, Jun 26, 2012

“The [Spanish] bailout has spooked the markets.” — ABC RN, 26 June 2012
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The Daily Gina: “Quake!”

, Jun 20, 2012

“They were careless people, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness … and let other people clean up the mess they had made.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, 1925 “Rinehart has become Carelessly Rich.” — Alan Kohler, Business Spectator, […]
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Post-Age

, Jun 19, 2012

. Après moi, le déluge In today’s Age: “Long-time Gina Rinehart friend, businessman John Singleton, says the mining magnate should be free to hire and fire editors should she take over Fairfax Media if that’s what it takes to keep the company profitable.”
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Little Ray of Sunshine (Bradbury; Red Symons)

, Jun 07, 2012

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He lived long and prospered* Ray Bradbury, the great science fiction and fantasy writer, passed away yesterday at 91. If you watched Blade Runner as a fan, you would have noted that one of the buildings — in which the puppet maker lives — is named in his honour. Farenheit 451; Something Wicked This Way […]
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Sub-otage

, May 31, 2012

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Among the ‘orrible news in the Age this morning (cereal killer, alright) you’ll come across this sad little item on page 7. Extremely petty, I know, but it had me LOLing inside. As management furiously try to cut costs, Fairfax journos are striking over the outsourcing of 66 sub-editing jobs to New Zealand. (Is their […]
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Lick these cold Man Nuts

, Mar 13, 2012

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You may seen these posters advertising an ice cream bar. I’ve quizzed friends, none of whom have managed either a convincing rationale or a straight face. Can anyone explain this slogan?What is the ice-cream-consumer appeal in the idea of Licking Cold Man Nuts? Is it being deployed in Bob Katter‘s electorate? You might as well […]
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Favourite new podcast: Lexicon Valley

, Feb 23, 2012

Ah, politics. Before the knives, the talk. Famously, Orwell: ‘Political language … is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.’ Apart from fully sic, the language antidote is at Lexicon Valley, at Slate. Three episodes in and I’m an enthusiastic addict of the […]
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Sh*t is f*****d up and bullsh*t

, Oct 24, 2011

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What an ugly, disgraceful overreaction by the mayor and the City of Melbourne to the Occupy Melbourne group. When I hurried up to the City Square on Friday around 4.25 to catch a tram for Carlton the emptied square was cyclone fenced with riot police standing behind the wire. Further up Swanston Walk everyone was […]
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Rupert’s hands

, Jul 20, 2011

The things that most fascinated me about the Murdochs’ appearance at Westminster last night were Rupert’s hands. They are thoroughly octogenarian. One thought of leopards and their spots, as the apparently doddery old guy and waffling, spinning young man ran rings around most of the MPs, who huffed and puffed. But one also recalled Lady […]