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‘Crucio!’ yelled Harry Potter / MasterChef director

‘Crucio!’ yelled Harry Potter / MasterChef director

The softer judging style won points and a vastish audience, swerving MasterChef from the reality show delights of humiliation drama. But you just know the director did well in his wizard classes – he kept flinging ‘Crucio!’ at the two contestants. That’s the “unforgivable” torture curse, as in, you know, excruciation, or crucifixion, or something. […]

Henry shoots the messenger, alright

Henry shoots the messenger, alright

Which seems appropriate as the messenger – the Productivity Commission report on book prices –  is the message. Henry Rosenbloom, publisher and founder of the independent press Scribe, has written a stinging takedown of the report’s conclusions in his blog. Here are some extracts: Sociopaths in Suits: the Productivity Commission goes for broke This is […]

Happy 175th, M. Degas

Happy 175th, M. Degas

Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas, aka Edgar Degas, arrived 19 July 1834, born into money. A god of art, the finest drawer of the human animal of his time and since, Picasso, Egon Schiele et al notwithstanding. He turns 175 this Sunday. Did you manage to catch the Degas show in Canberra? (See the NGA’s slideshow.) Not […]

Time, life, movies

Time, life, movies

A friend said it was “fun” so we eventually saw State of Play. Rattling along, it did turn out to be a kind of sophisticated, adult fun – just don’t follow the plot too closely or ask why the core interest swings from military industrial complex to single villain simplex. It also makes the case […]

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The Three Howards

The Three Howards

You will recall the Stooges are three actual brothers: Moe, Shemp and Curly, of michaeljackson love. Not related was Larry, with the bald pate and mad hair. It’s just recently I noticed their other name is Howard. And that’s even funnier, no?

Shane Maloney: a leech on his readers

Shane Maloney: a leech on his readers

Mr Maloney, you make me weep *sob* and chortle *blush*. Some authors will do anythingto make you laugh, make you cry. For today, Maloney, author of the Murray Whelan comic caper series (think David Wenham), has written a modestly angry and witty response to the just released Too High Book Prices? Report (see previous posts) […]

Beauty and Harmony in a government report

Beauty and Harmony in a government report

The report – see previous post – let’s call it the Shoot Ourselves in the Cultural Foot Report, no no sorry, that’s shockingly biased. Let’s call it the Too High Book Prices? Report – a medium-long document of 240 pages (inc. five of references) written, naturally, in felicitatious bureaucratese. Eg: Books differ from many other […]

Recommendations to the Government

The three recommendations by the Productivity Commission research Report on Restrictions on the Parallel Importation of Books, June 2009 RECOMMENDATION 1 The Government should repeal Australia’s Parallel Import Restrictions (PIRs) for books. The repeal should take effect three years after the date that it is announced. RECOMMENDATION  2 The Government should, as soon as possible, review the […]

When a star goes supernova…

When a star goes supernova…

… all sorts of stuff gets drawn into its gravity field. In the blinding wake of michaeljackson’s death I collected a couple of odd, polar-opposite items. Item one: michaeljackson writes an eulogy for Curly of The Three Stooges. Item two: Miles Davis covers a michaelackson hit and it remains in his live set to the […]

Scrapheap for copyright?

Not so good. From the Sydney Morning Herald: The Federal Government’s economic advisory body is likely to recommend scrapping copyright provisions preventing the parallel importing of books… The Productivity Commission, known for espousing orthodox economic principles, is uncomfortable with market restrictions on book imports. But in a draft paper in March the commission said removing […]