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Better to have hearted and lost, than never to have hearted

Better to have hearted and lost, than never to have hearted

Inserting heart into the chill of a Venn diagram: mathematical, bureaucratic Venn becomes a Zen perception; lap dances slide into overlap chances; two bright notes coalesce into one dark tone. I heart this graphic. It’s by the designer Aaron Krauss from a little corner of his website. +++ Here is a musical co-relative, Everytime We […]

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 […]

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 […]

Griffith Review: sexier ideas

Griffith Review: sexier ideas

In September’s ABR (Australian Book Review) there is a full page ad for the new issue of Griffith Review. The headline reads: We’ve always been smart – now we’re sexy too. It goes on: ‘Presenting Griffith REVIEW 25: After the Crisis, the first edition with our new partners at Text Publishing and featuring an elegant […]

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 […]