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Making connexions

Making connexions

Book Review Rock Connexions by Bruno McDonald (Murdoch Books) My son and his friends at school play this game with Wikipedia where someone nominates a start page, say, Julia Gillard, and then someone else nominates an end page, say, the Codex Veronensis, and then you have to use the links embedded in Wikipedia to move […]

Australia's greatest lyricist comes a gutser

Australia's greatest lyricist comes a gutser

Review Don Walker Shots (Black Inc.) I call bullshit on this memoir. On its long, windy sentences. On its attitude. On the story it tells, or rather doesn’t tell. On just about everything about it. I do it with great reluctance, because when it comes down it, Don Walker is some sort of genius, probably […]

The rest is noise

The rest is noise

Review Alex Ross The Rest is Noise (Farrer, Girroux, Strauss) Alex Ross, the music critic for the New Yorker magazine and the author of this book, was, I noticed, in Sydney at the Writers’ Festival. Wish I’d been there, cause I’d like to hear him speak.  (Anyone catch it?) I’ve just started this book but […]

Love is crucial but money, that's everything

Love is crucial but money, that's everything

Review Will It Be Funny Tomorrow, Billy?: Misadventures in Music by Stephen Cummings (Hardie Grant Books) Stephen Cummings was the lead singer of The Sports, which I knew. My old record shop sold a lot of their albums, though I wasn’t personally a huge fan: still, it was pretty hard not to like some of […]