Menu lock
Best Podcasts of 2013

Best Podcasts of 2013

W H Chong December 16, 2013

Tune in and drop out. Sidestep politics into a world of culture podcasts.

Books and Blogs 2012: favourites

Books and Blogs 2012: favourites

W H Chong December 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.

Podcasts 2012: favourites

Podcasts 2012: favourites

W H Chong December 18, 2012 1 Comment

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.

Obama’s Rainbowquake

Obama’s Rainbowquake

W H Chong November 8, 2012 2 Comments

US election explodes into pink and black, browns and yellows, celebrates with huge spliff. And, the death of the political pundit.

A drawing a day: MSM Redhead strikeout

A drawing a day: MSM Redhead strikeout

W H Chong October 22, 2012

The drawing: Tony Abbott's furrowed brow.

Loitering with Obama

Loitering with Obama

W H Chong September 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; […]

Hanging with the Syrian rebels

Hanging with the Syrian rebels

W H Chong August 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 […]

50 Sheds of Grey: Erotica for the not-too-modern male

50 Sheds of Grey: Erotica for the not-too-modern male

W H Chong July 11, 2012 3 Comments

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 […]

The Voice: decoding the album art

The Voice: decoding the album art

W H Chong July 11, 2012 2 Comments

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 […]

Rupert: Fox News is not news

Rupert: Fox News is not news

W H Chong June 29, 2012 1 Comment

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 […]