Archives for the Month of March, 2012

Review: Animal People by Charlotte Wood

As an animal person, it’s hard to really understand those who are not animal people. Stephen, who is most decidedly not an animal person, has the opposite dilemma. “He was not an animal person in the same way he was not a musical person, or an intellectual person,” Charlotte Wood writes. “Not to be musical […]

Feminism and being multiple

One of the oddest things I find about “being a feminist” is the amount of difficulty and debate such a label tends to conjure up. There are thousands of variations, but three key problems seem to always rear their spiky heads: 1. Many women are reluctant to identify as feminists, even though if you ask […]

Review: One Foot Wrong by Sofie Laguna

Dark, unsettling but told through brilliantly lyrical language, One Foot Wrong is a story of coming of age in a nightmarish domestic world. This is the first adult novel from Melbourne children’s writer Sofie Laguna, and with its deftly crafted balance between macabre detail and beautifully constructed prose, it certainly earned its place on the […]

“This night is sparkling”: Taylor Swift in Melbourne

Taylor Swift Speak Now tour, Rod Laver Arena 14 March 2012 I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this before, but I love Taylor Swift. It’s all true – I’m a big romantic dork, and I like to play Sparks Fly at full volume and dance around by myself, and lie on the couch brooding […]

Letting introverts be introverts

  Being an introvert has always kind of seemed like something that you’re supposed to overcome. Enjoying solitude is often seen as being anti-social, or just weird and lonely. Wanting to work by yourself instead of in a group makes you a bit of a jerk. And being comfortable with silence often leaves people thinking […]

Review: The Children’s Bach by Helen Garner

There’s something I particularly love about the form of the novella. When a story is compressed into such as short space, every sentence and every word feels more precious, more meaningful, more demanding of your attention somehow. The Children’s Bach by Helen Garner is a pretty excellent example of the depth and complexity that can […]

What I read: February

Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton I think the most important thing to note first off is that you don’t necessarily have to identify as an atheist to get something out of this book. Alain de Botton is the staunchest of atheists- so much so that he refuses to even enter into the discussion […]

Gatsby says hello


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How to be nice. It’s not so hard. Rookie mag gives a pretty great outline of different kinds of being nice, and the pros and cons of each. New Yorkers have all the fun, and now they’re getting cupcake ATMs. Like actual ATMs that dispense cupcakes! 24/7! How do we feel about Holden Caulfield? A […]

Review: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

(Cross-posted at 3008Docklands) Jeffrey Eugenides had a tough task ahead of him with The Marriage Plot. After the brilliant success of the chilling, dream-like The Virgin Suicides and the Pulitzer Prize-winning epic Middlesex, his long-anticipated follow-up was always either going to be received in one of two ways: rapturously praised as yet another work of […]