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The old man loves his iPad

The old man loves his iPad

Jane says, I could hear squealing from way over here. I say, I wasn’t squealing – they were appropriate expressions of excitement. Indeed. One of our clever young things was showing me the wonderwalls of the new office iPad. It must be said, the ebook on the iPad is very good: the type crisp, the […]

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.) . . Last night, RN’s Book Show recorded another in […]

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. +++ The late David Foster Wallace used to scrawl in (annotate) his books. We know because his library and papers […]

What the lawyer said to the judge (Radio National’s Book Show at the Wheeler Centre)

What the lawyer said to the judge (Radio National’s Book Show at the Wheeler Centre)

Last night in the drizzle darkness, Ramona Koval and the crew from Radio National trundled into the Wheeler Centre at Melbourne’s State Library. They came to record an audience session for tomorrow’s Book Show (April 30). Part of the series ‘Reading on Vocation,’ this one interrogated the lawyers. On the panel was Robert Richter QC, […]

The Australian Ugliness at 50, and a tale of two book covers

The Australian Ugliness at 50, and a tale of two book covers

Last night saw the launch of the 50th anniversary edition of The Australian Ugliness, a book by Australia’s seminal modern architect, Robin Boyd. Boyd’s brilliantly witty and pointed rant against middling apathy coined one of those sticky phrases which don’t wash off, like “the lucky country” – but unlike that, “Australian ugliness” is rather harder […]

Brief lessons in history from the man in the wheelchair, Tony Judt

Brief lessons in history from the man in the wheelchair, Tony Judt

I have every intention of filling the vast empty spaces of my brain with useful stuff, like practical recipes and plant names. And pre-19th century music. And history. Esp history. But there is something about History as a subject that prompts the term ‘eye-glazing.’ Blame the teachers, of course. (As a writer remarked, she avoided […]

Your direct personal fate

Your direct personal fate

Something for the last week of Lent: ___ ‘This world as you experience it is your direct personal fate.’ ___ The Dean’s December, Saul Bellow

Cigarette papers

Cigarette papers

“TankBooks are for people on the move, lovers of literature and connoisseurs of design. Try one and you’ll be hooked.” The TankBook list: Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness Ernest Hemingway: The Undefeated and The Snows of Kilimanjaro Franz Kafka: The Metamorphosis and In the Penal Colony Rudyard Kipling: The Man who would be King, The […]

On reading: ennui and enthusiasms

On reading: ennui and enthusiasms

Note: I have, for reasons professional (deadlines), private (distracted by picture making) and transcendental (all the recent politics), delayed this post for a couple of weeks. But as it regards reading – for pleasure – it makes no difference. The Complaint: reading purgatory There’s that patch when you feel you really want to read something […]

Nick Cave censored, and cover design

Nick Cave censored, and cover design

If for no more reason than the new Dan Brown has just been published, today’s post nods back to books. (‘The [Dan Brown] books came straight off the printer, went straight into boxes and were then wrapped in black plastic and sealed,’ Random House spokeswoman Ms Reid said.) +++ To a book with a cosmically […]