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Boomers rock out

Boomers rock out

I was a handbag at a black tie dinner last night and the music was provided by a live band who, of course, reproduced all the hits, from Daddy Cool’s Eagle Rock to Prince’s Kiss.  The dimunitive orange-bearded singer – from New Zealand apparently, and he did look like a hobbit – had a suitably […]

Contemporary artists can **** ** balls

Contemporary artists can **** ** balls

Is it encouraging the tribes of Philistia if this makes me laugh? (Snapped one night in an inner suburban street.)

RIP Merce Cunningham

Folk interested in dance will have heard that Merce Cunningham died this Monday past. He was a bit over 90. Here are three videos; the last is particularly interesting. The piece he made for the Melbourne International Festival when he came out to Australia in 2007. – +++ Fascinating looking footage of Merce dancing to […]

Brüno: satire or rorschach? Ich bin ein wurstlieber

Brüno: satire or rorschach? Ich bin ein wurstlieber

Brüno. Yes, well, here’s the thing. I laughed myself sick in some parts of the movie. And other parts dumbstrike with a sensation between gobsmackedness and speechlessness. Agogness, maybe. For a few days I had no idea what to think about it – it is, as Nietzsche might say, beyond good and evil. +++ Locally […]

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Gaza, not Gazza: Men behaving intellectually

Gaza, not Gazza: Men behaving intellectually

The Full Motley: chair Robert Manne, Ghassan Hage, Mark Baker, Gerry Simpson and Rai Gaita, at the last event of  ‘Gaza: Morality, Law & Politics’, a lecture series pitched dead centre on the world’s most contested ground. We were told by Chair Manne in his stentorian bass that the discussion was being taped for a […]

M is for Murder, Meth, Melbourne

M is for Murder, Meth, Melbourne

Mayor Rob Doyle’s big M has been getting caned and tarred (and a tiny bit of lovin’). What do the Melburnians hate more? – that the letter cost $240,000, or that a Sydney firm had to do it because, as the mayor explained, ‘We could [have], but I wanted the best product…’ As an accurate […]

Selfish squealing & the price of cheaper books

Selfish squealing & the price of cheaper books

I want cheaper books. Why should I care about the supposedly affected people: the “local” authors, publishers, printers, publicists et al? As ‘Kim’, a stirred-up reader of James Bradley‘s sharp and nuanced post on the issue, commented: ‘Make no mistake, Australia is becoming a nation of people who simply don’t read books. The exorbitant price […]

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll cringe

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll cringe

Ah, live theatre! It was dark, we were geographically challenged and running late, so we scooted up to a hopeful trot, rounding the curve of an inner suburban street. It was, appropriately, like a scene out of the Famous Five, sans dog (oh, Timmy!). We were heading for an Anglican church – as these venues […]

Protect books! And so say all of us! xxx Vic, N.S.Waley & Sal

Protect books! And so say all of us! xxx Vic, N.S.Waley & Sal

The previous post was on Vic. Prem. Brumby slamming the Productivity Commission’s report on territorial copyright (to give the issue its correct name, rather than “parallel importation restrictions”). In a comment, writer Alison Croggan pointed out that ‘in fact, the State Governments of Victoria, NSW and South Australia all lodged submissions arguing against the removal […]

Brumby slams economic & cultural vandalism on books

Brumby slams economic & cultural vandalism on books

In the Age this morning: Vic. Premier John Brumby, often regarded as a pro-market economic rationalist, has slammed the Productivity Commission’s call for an end to the protection of the local book industry. ‘Removing restrictions on parallel book importation would damage Victoria’s cultural and creative industries for no real benefit. It would be an act […]