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.
US election explodes into pink and black, browns and yellows, celebrates with huge spliff. And, the death of the political pundit.
From WaPo: At his press conference this afternoon, President Obama was asked to respond to Mitt Romney’s number one applause line on Iran: If Obama is reelected, Iran will get a nuclear bomb. Obama replied that intelligence officials still believe that there’s a “window of opportunity where this can still be resolved diplomatically.” Obama said: […]
If you are following US politics it’s been a bonanza season. Liberal-leaning watchers will have been perversely exhilirated and appalled by the candidates’ push into the wild extremities of the right. Centrist-conservative-leaners will have been merely appalled. But despite an escalating sequence of rightiness, I find that I can still be shocked — coming across […]
What an ugly, disgraceful overreaction by the mayor and the City of Melbourne to the Occupy Melbourne group. When I hurried up to the City Square on Friday around 4.25 to catch a tram for Carlton the emptied square was cyclone fenced with riot police standing behind the wire. Further up Swanston Walk everyone was […]
Life, the poet Joseph Brodsky proposed, is not about life. It’s about the meaning of life. (I’ve always like that, something about its circularity, its ouroborosity.) Or, as the writer Russell Hoban put it, there’s a moment under the moment. And John Donne: “No man is an island … Each is a piece of the […]
Is Julia maybe a teensy bit homophobic? Or just par-for-the-course, predictably, utterly cynical? I’ve been wondering and the result, alas, is this rather long post — but I figured we needed the facts, ma’am, just the facts. However it does have a conclusion, thank Google. This either/or has arisen several times now, in prominent spots, […]