Bustin’ makes me feel good: Geek Mook

Geek Mook (Vignette Press) has now been released, with my essay 'Bustin' makes me feel good'. Can you guess what it's about? Maybe the picture of me from the launch to the left here will help. Or this. Or this. The Mook features stories, poetry and articles on everything 'geek'-related, from Star Trek to coding, pro-wrestling, gaming, steam punk, Twitter, … Continue reading Bustin’ makes me feel good: Geek Mook

Alex y Robert by Wena Poon: virtual book tour

  I met the talented, vivacious Singapore-born American writer Wena Poon last October, sharing a taxi ride from Denpasar airport to Ubud, Bali, for the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. In that taxi and during her panels I learnt that Wena was dauntingly 'together' - interweaving careers in writing and Law, travelling the world, and seeming like she … Continue reading Alex y Robert by Wena Poon: virtual book tour

Last weekend’s literary connectivity, and what I’ve been reading lately

On the weekend I was up in sunny Brisbane for the Australian Booksellers Association 2010 conference. It’s a conference for members and friends of the ABA – so, booksellers, publishers, and some librarians and media. I was officially there as a ‘blogger’ – on a panel called ‘Customers, Connections and Communities’, with Andrew McDonald from … Continue reading Last weekend’s literary connectivity, and what I’ve been reading lately

An Extraordinary Life – Interview with Jim Sharman on Blood & Tinsel

Blood & Tinsel, Jim Sharman, August 2008, HB (Australia) Miegunyah Press, 9780522853773 (Aus, US) This interview was first published in the June 2008 issue of BOOKSELLER+PUBLISHER magazine (c) 2008 Thorpe-Bowker (a division of RR Bowker LLC). A doctor said to your parents when you were a child that you have the makings of a philosopher. … Continue reading An Extraordinary Life – Interview with Jim Sharman on Blood & Tinsel

I’m Afraid of the Five-Blade Razor – Book Review and Commentary

Affluenza: When Too Much is Never Enough - Clive Hamilton and Richard Denniss. Allen & Unwin, 2005, 9781741146714 (Aus, US/Kindle) Three years ago Clive Hamilton half-jokingly referred to the possibility of the five-blade razor. It comes as no surprise that his prediction has come true, and emphasises why Affluenza continues to be an extremely relevant … Continue reading I’m Afraid of the Five-Blade Razor – Book Review and Commentary