I'm tucked away in the English countryside with my partner, sister, her girlfriend, a puppy called Beauly, and David Copperfield on my ereader. We have a chook and a ham, plenty of booze, and space all around us. The puppy is hard work! But when she looks at you with those big black eyes, you forgive … Continue reading Merry everything to you
I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books. Read more about this project here. See the other classics here. Why did I want to read it? Because I already know and love the story so well (mainly via Scrooged and A Muppet Christmas Carol) and I’ve been meaning to read the original around Christmas-time for years! When was it published? First … Continue reading 20 classics #15: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
These Fleischer cartoons are irresistible at this time of the year. *rosy cheek glow* I've blogged it before and I'll blog it again, because it's the best Christmas video ever: 'Do you like modern music?' 'Oh, I think it's marvellous. Some of it's really fine.' And this one is for you, darling G... Merry Christmas, … Continue reading Christmas whimsy
Two gorgeous 1930s cartoons that my sister and I used to watch every festive season. You might remember them too: Warm wishes to all my readers!
Faber/Allen & Unwin (Aus, US, UK) November 2010 (orig. 1997) 9780571270248 Reviewed by Gerard Elson It’s been a big twelve months for Tim Burton. Tim Burton: The Exhibition drew record crowds during seasons at both New York’s MoMA and Melbourne’s ACMI, and his visually brillig (though otherwise rote) Alice in Wonderland became just the sixth film … Continue reading Guest review: Gerard Elson on Tim Burton’s The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories
In 2009... Christos Tsiolkas said c**t Steven Amsterdam, Tom Cho, Kirsten Reed, Krissy Kneen, Josephine Rowe and Kathy Charles were forced to 'respond' I also interviewed Eva Hornung, Max Barry, Jon Bauer (whose debut novel has since been picked up by Scribe and will be out in 2010), Toni Jordan, Josephine Emery, Adam Ford, Emily Maguire, Lisa … Continue reading Cut, print, that's a wrap: 2009
Hello lovelies, not long now until Christmas! I get to go for a wonderful break (which will still include reading and blogging, don't worry) in the land of the Big Banana, Coffs Harbour. Can't wait to see my sister, my folks, my Nanna, and bestie Tania. Lots of beach time, and possibly a 'prop' party … Continue reading Sunday Driver! *Shakes Fist*
I enjoyed this article on 'Late Bloomers' in The New Yorker. Makes me feel less rushed (for a little while). Hayden Carruth is a poet who passed away recently. Here are two poems I like: 'Agenda at 74' and 'Economics'. Cute, yes? Christmas is coming up. Books are great presents, especially for children. Literacy is … Continue reading You Caught My Attention