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Photography and the fascination of erotic youth (Henson, Mann, Balthus and Lewis Carroll)

Photography and the fascination of erotic youth (Henson, Mann, Balthus and Lewis Carroll)

The hit of the show, below: Untitled #8, 2008/2009 all four (of five, one held back) editioned prints have sold at $30,000 a pop. Sally Mann, “America’s best photographer,” as Time liked to call her, is having a new show at the Photographer’s Gallery in London: The Family and the Land. But why I bring […]

Two songs to cheer up a depressing day

Some days you barely have to look up to glimpse all the stuff that can bring you down, or even crush you; but who said life was meant to be easy? Still, one can choose not to be depressed, which is not the same as being happy. In neutral. When one stands in the centre […]

Dachshund U.N. – a sign of hope for dogs and mankind

Dachshund U.N. – a sign of hope for dogs and mankind

+++ Note: Apparently coming soon to dachshund fanciers in Perth.

Race, blood and blades: May 13, Malaysia’s longest day

Race, blood and blades: May 13, Malaysia’s longest day

This year in Malaysia, calendars still featured the date May 13, 1969. . The horror KL, May 2010: Concentrated silence – a flurry of motion and the crowd cranes its neck to see an arm rise and then smash down in a killer blow. Shutting its eyes the crowd wails in despair as Malaysia loses […]

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Reading Habits of Highly Successful Doctors

Reading Habits of Highly Successful Doctors

Fact: Highly successful doctors do not read very much because they are incredibly busy people. (Actually, HSDs read quite a lot.) Fact: Highly successful doctors only read for work and do not have time for lighter or frivolous material. (Actually, HSDs often read children’s books.) . Books he recommends: Merry: Gabriel Weston’s Direct Red: A […]

That’s not Pavarotti, that’s my Mother

That’s not Pavarotti, that’s my Mother

On Cantonese opera . Oh and I should add that it went over like a very big wave. People were ringing up for days after enquiring if it might be staged again next year. My mother says, if only it were so straight forward, or funds so easy to raise. Opera lovers, please send your […]

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The brushed metal glitter of KL city

The brushed metal glitter of KL city

The recent trip reminds me that shapes and lines, and maps and routes keep transmuting in Kuala Lumpur. It’s looked a bit like this before, but it really looks like this now, if you see what I mean. Ripping along one of the many aerial freeways you can observe that KL is fully skyscraping with […]

Good help is hard to find (Malaysia’s maid problem)

Good help is hard to find (Malaysia’s maid problem)

Boarding my return flight from KL a couple of days ago I picked up the courtesy papers. Their front pages carried the kind of story that measures something of the distance between South East Asia and Australia, at least for the meanwhile. The Star‘s* headline assumed everyone was in on it: “Maid deal soon.” The […]

David Foster Wallace’s all-over-the-paginalia (+ Mulcher break)

David Foster Wallace’s all-over-the-paginalia (+ Mulcher break)

+++ Away note: The Mulcher is away for a week, unplugged, off grid and off piste, up in the bright tropics, beneath umbrella clouds and the burning sun. Back Friday 21 May. Aloha la vista. +++ And finally, a treasure from the artist as a young poet. Note the two signatures, one tentatively trialling the […]