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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 […]

Humiliation drama

Humiliation drama

So I’ve finally caught up with season one of the series du jour, Mad Men. (On DVD; yes, could have saved the money and streamed it but one has to keep struggling with the fun/work balance on the computer.) Watched with eyebrows racheted up to max and mouth in generic O-shape, as in OMG. Patriarchal […]

Slowly I Turned

I wanted a bit of cheer so I looked up my favourite Jewish comedians doing my favourite skit, ‘Slowly I Turned.’ It’s not the best quality, still, you get the picture and you’ll sure get the joke. There’s a rather unfunnier version by Abbott & Costello – but you might enjoy the appropriately zany parody […]

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The stupid country

The stupid country

In today’s Age former head Hunter & Collector, Mark Seymour, has written a scathing indictment of the commercially driven lobby to remove Australian literary copyright, a lobby being fronted by ex-NSW Premier Bob Carr. Just to remind ourselves, this group of mega-chains, including Dymocks (Carr is a board member), Woolworths, Coles, K-Mart, Big W and […]

Unnatural talent (I)

Unnatural talent (I)

I’ve had art making on my mind. How one makes art. How one arrives at making art. A vague and fluid region – as the nun trilled about Maria in The Sound of Music, ‘How do you pin a wave upon the sand?’. A grand old artist told me recently how, in his youth, he […]

Niche job if you can get it

At a dinner party last night the elderly host said, ‘Oh, everyone around this table has a niche job.’ I hadn’t misheard, he hadn’t said ‘Nice’. What surprised me was how seemingly true that felt. And that would be a good thing. Here are the first two dictionary.com definitions of niche: 1. an ornamental recess […]

O, for a pair of cheap blue jeans

O, for a pair of cheap blue jeans

The excellent photography site 100 eyes has a suitably eye-opening photo essay by Justin Jin. If you’ve ever wondered where all those cheap jeans* came from, have a look. Caption to the picture above: Workers scrub jeans using a sanding machine in Mr Huang’s factory in Zhongshan city, China. The blue dust from the jeans […]

The Age of Jackson

The Age of Jackson

The New York Review of Books is, like, so right up to the moment! In the Contents of the recently arrived issue: ‘Judging the Age of Jackson’. He’s finally made it, he’s achieved ivory cred.

Dear Reviewer, ‘I will hate you till the day I die’

Dear Reviewer, ‘I will hate you till the day I die’

Celebrity schadenfreude* involving an author, and a philosopher at that, elevates it far above the midden material of a Britney or TomKat or Christian Bale fracas. The brow clash of Jonathan Franzen (high) and Oprah (lower middle) brought literary skirmishes into new media. (Martin Amis’ The Information moment in ’94 was a newspaper affair – […]