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In defence of food (The Michael Pollan experience)

In defence of food (The Michael Pollan experience)

Food is everywhere, everyday, and in the news. So on page 3 of the deadtree Age this morning we see this (buried in the online edition): Children’s advocates are claiming a victory … The Advertising Standards Bureau upheld the Cancer Council’s complaint about the [McDonald’s] Happy Meal website, finding that it had breached several clauses […]

“In the market for men” — Rodney Hall on fiction and The Getting of Wisdom

“In the market for men” — Rodney Hall on fiction and The Getting of Wisdom

Adorable little beast “Your little rag of a girl is a most adorable little beast…and the way it is done is wonderful; I do not think that particular thing could have been done better.” — H.G. Wells to Henry Handel Richardson on Laura in The Getting of Wisdom. In the second session of the Wheeler […]

GAY S-X WINS BOOKER: the Wheeler Centre-Alan Hollinghurst interview

GAY S-X WINS BOOKER: the Wheeler Centre-Alan Hollinghurst interview

Last Friday evening, at the storied old Athenaeum theatre the Wheeler Centre hosted an interview with one of the glitteringest stars of Britlit, over here for various writers festivals and to promote his latest book, The Stranger’s Child. Michael Williams, director of the Wheeler (see left) and interlocutor for the evening: Before he is even […]

Stuff I like

Stuff I like

A brief list of stuff in the air and on the web I like, and you might too. The Best Live Albums, at Slate, by Bill Wyman (no, not that one). Just right, light and summery with useful reminders and suggestions. On Joni Mitchell’s Miles of Aisles: “Probably the best live album title ever, and […]

The Sight of Death (TJ Clark on art and poetry)

The Sight of Death (TJ Clark on art and poetry)

My calendar had the evening pencilled in for Rai Gaita’s lecture in his Wednesday series (see here), but my heart said, go see T.J. Clark talking about art. So I turned up at the Wheeler Centre along with about 100 other folk — which surprised me because he doesn’t seem very well known here. In […]

Why the world needs editors, even if it doesn’t need books (by Mandy Brett)

Why the world needs editors, even if it doesn’t need books (by Mandy Brett)

Speaking for myself, a personal editor by my side would save me a lot of grief, but we won’t go there. This is the text of a talk given by the Text Publishing editor, Mandy Brett. She delivered this at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre last week — you can also watch it on their video page. […]

From US with the Finger

From US with the Finger

On a stage a couple of evenings ago, two extremely erudite men conducted a free range conversation of high entertainment value. (Watch on the Wheeler Centre video page next week.) The visitor was Melbourne native Angus Trumble, now resident in Connecticut, having just bought a house there — he is senior curator of painting and […]

Making (and eating) Ramona Koval’s Bubba Sponge

Making (and eating) Ramona Koval’s Bubba Sponge

I don’t know how it came up but at some point towards dessert, the Book Show’s Ramona Koval offered me the recipe for her Bubba’s Birthday Sponge. Bubba being Yiddish for grandma, that’s really birthday cake for the littlies. (Ah, yes, she had asked what I was doing the next day, which was last Friday […]

“Has film criticism failed?” Three critics and Gillian Armstrong say, Yes, yes it has.

“Has film criticism failed?” Three critics and Gillian Armstrong say, Yes, yes it has.

Don’t you hate critics? Especially the ones who never agree with you. They’re obviously wrong. Or stupid. Worse, they don’t even write criticism, they write “reviews.” (Kidding,*sigh*) . The latest provocation from the Wheeler Centre’s wicked head of programming, Michael Williams, is a week-long series titled “Critical Failure” with panels on Film, Books, Theatre and […]

iNudes Vol.2 (life drawing on iPad)

iNudes Vol.2 (life drawing on iPad)

From a second session at life drawing with the iPad. And a small world it proved to be. The model in the morning had gone to the same Wheeler event as I had, and read my blog about it. And the man drawing next to me, who seemed rather familiar, and who thought likewise, turns […]