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On drawing David Malouf

On drawing David Malouf

June 3, 2010

Insomnia, writing a blog post, ABR philantropy, and making a picture with a lens, and then a pencil. . How to write a blog post I had an itch to write a post that would tie a knot in the thread connecting Thick of It, Modern Family, MasterChef, Jason Akermanis and ex-Minister David Campbell. But […]

David Foster Wallace’s all-over-the-paginalia (+ Mulcher break)

David Foster Wallace’s all-over-the-paginalia (+ Mulcher break)

May 11, 2010 2 Comments

+++ 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 […]

Peter Porter and the Tub of Poetry (II)

Peter Porter and the Tub of Poetry (II)

April 30, 2010 1 Comment

. I.M. Peter Porter 1929 – 2010 . I was flicking through Porter’s Afterburner (2004), his penultimate collection of poetry, and on the back page I came across this sketch above – he had read from the book at the State Library. (He had aged since I last drew him in 1990, blockier somehow, and […]

Peter Porter and the Trap of Words (I)

Peter Porter and the Trap of Words (I)

April 28, 2010 6 Comments

. I.M. Peter Porter 1929 – 2010 . Poetry is the art of constructing a trap of words – when tripped by its prey, a curious human, it triggers a rush of thought and feeling. Peter Porter was a master trapmaker. It was as a witless youth in the ’80s that I stumbled upon one […]

Gum leaves sickling… (a list for John)

Gum leaves sickling… (a list for John)

April 21, 2010

A list for John Gum leaves sickling to the ground, dry as piles of paper. The clock at Greenwich strikes. The mobile phone is chirruping. A picture file is opening. Silver aircraft – the stillness inside a journey. Between the covers, black swans on the wing. A long Guinness. Whites on the green. Numbers glowing, […]

Les Murray’s tongue

Les Murray’s tongue

April 9, 2010

. Apparently someone said Isn’t he right wing? when Les Murray’s name was mentioned. Oforgoodnesssakes! His politics are that of a Country Party (defunct) small c conservative mystic. Les Murray is a great poet. His poetry transcends all the rah rah boo hah of partisan reading. Last night Murray read some poems from his new […]

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

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

April 7, 2010

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 […]

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

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

March 31, 2010 2 Comments

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

March 26, 2010

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

Wordwatch: gay, or ssam and ssaf?

Wordwatch: gay, or ssam and ssaf?

March 18, 2010

Terms of engagement: ssam & ssaf: On a youth radio station the other day a woman being interviewed explained how her department did surveys among young folk about sexuality and homophobia – they never use the word “gay.” She didn’t say why but the clear implication was that it was too loaded. What they use […]