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Guest review: Matthia Dempsey on Patti Smith’s <i>Just Kids</i>

Guest review: Matthia Dempsey on Patti Smith’s Just Kids

Bloomsbury/Allen & Unwin February 2010 9780747548409 (Aus, US/Kindle) Reviewed by Matthia Dempsey Emerging from their teens, Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe first encounter each other in 1960s New York, a recognition as much as a meeting. Smith has fled the aftermath of an unplanned pregnancy and adoption, and the factory future that faces her in […]

Response to A.S. Patric’s ‘Questionnaire’

Response to A.S. Patric’s ‘Questionnaire’

I was thinking about A.S. Patric’s recent post on the Overland blog all of yesterday afternoon. I thought I’d have a go at responding to his piece, just off-the-cuff. Note: the words in bold are Alec’s. Are we more disconnected? I know how late my crush goes to bed. Are we more superficial? Skin is a surface. Does […]

Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 diary part two: Grenville, Michaels and the ‘engine of curiosity’

Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 diary part two: Grenville, Michaels and the ‘engine of curiosity’

Stories everywhere: The guy in the ACMI cafe shares my love of David Bowie, and they make a mean ham toastie. The title of the session Oranges are the Only Fruit alludes the the Orange Prize, which guests Anne Michaels and Kate Grenville have both won. Peter Clarke was a generous and intelligent chair, steering […]

They will give me new parts

They will give me new parts

part blog-post, part insight into current creative development I ate banana pancakes this morning. I saw an old man on a bike in matching denims and a stackhat. I looked into somebody’s eyes. There are nine paper tasks on the floor. They will give me new parts like Frankenstein’s monster. A producer this week told […]