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Germaine to Aussies on the Wynne “fuss”: It’s all in your mind!

Germaine to Aussies on the Wynne “fuss”: It’s all in your mind!

Our Germs, Germaine Greer, National Living Expat Treasure and our greatest culture critic*, has decided to join in the Wynne prize fracas (see here) in an article for the Guardian titled: “So an artist found a work on the web, copied it and won an award. Why the fuss?” (*Just last month she won that […]

Lying awake at 3 am with Peter Singer and Tim Flannery

Lying awake at 3 am with Peter Singer and Tim Flannery

This post was going to be titled “The Hatefulness of Politicians (and the struggle against daily doom)” but that sounds all wrong, doesn’t it? Plus, it includes that P word. I wanted to talk about lying awake at 3 am, the optimism of Tim Flannery and Peter Singer and the saving grace of dogs. There […]

How we work – if we’re artists, writers, Fred Astaire or Ricky Gervais

How we work – if we’re artists, writers, Fred Astaire or Ricky Gervais

Back in February the Guardian ran an unexprectedly super list of Ten Rules for Writing Fiction. Unexpectedly good because the writers – well-known and highly regarded – seemed to take it more or less seriously; and delightfully – and not surprisingly – each writer’s advice was perfectly representative of her own style and personality. So […]

Just got charity punked

Just got charity punked

Well, it was just so smooth. Man on phone, mellow voice: Good morning, are you X from Y Avenue? I’m from the Z Hospital (where I had been last year) Oncology Unit and we’re doing a raffle for the kids – can I put you down for a book of 20 tickets – that’s $30. […]

On yoga: Iyengar, the father of modern yoga at 91

On yoga: Iyengar, the father of modern yoga at 91

From Broome beach to Salamanca Place (or Ljubljana to LA), torsos are twisting and buttocks are “sharpening up,” pointing to the sky, and lotus sitters possibly chanting Om (that’s the character on the left). If you are practising yoga, you have B K S Iyengar to thank for the discomfort. As a fellow student said […]

Friday, whatever

Friday, whatever

Just because. Famous Author Regrets and Must Decline At the peak of his fame, the late great litcrit Edmund Wilson had a standard postcard he sent out. The scrawl says “I don’t [do] live readings either when I’m offered a very large fee. EW” (Which reads oddly, but sic.) Amendment, see comment below: the “when” […]

Reading without merit

Reading without merit

Some days I can barely bare to read anything. Barely a thing. It goes in one eye, casting a shadow, a shadow of the eye, an eye shadow, goes where one knows not. The phrase popped into mind: Reading without merit. Merit is maybe the Buddhist equivalent of Catholic good works. Reading for necessity (manuals, […]

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 […]

The Joy of Irrelevance

The Joy of Irrelevance

Just to make one thing quite clear: This blog is irrelevant. Hope that’s alright, then. But, what’s this all about? Yesterday I posted on The September Issue, a film about US Vogue and its editor, Anna Wintour. A reader commented: ‘Ho hum. A blog about a film about a magazine about an unreal narcissistic pseudo-world. […]

A holiday hamper: 7 items

A holiday hamper: 7 items

I’m off for a week’s break somewhere warm, sticky and off the grid. So I am leaving a holiday hamper. You’ll find a minimum of seven items here (conditions do not apply). +++ 1) A sunny message from the streets: . +++ 2) See the finest show of Aboriginal art ever. Go to my next […]