Monthly Archives: December 2014

renewal

At the beginning of the 1900’s a number of European intellectuals, for instance the German writer Thomas Mann, believed that civilization was irreversibly sick, and nothing would redeem the course of human progress except a bloodbath that would cleanse the … Continue reading

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Vile Bodies doin Rock n Roll

I’m re-reading Evelyn Waugh’s Vile Bodies, which became popular because the Brit public suddenly related to the Bright Young Things & their new way of talking: “how bogus, how shy-making’. Every now & then the young aristos would talk in … Continue reading

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Annie Proulx & homophobia

There is a whole lot of online chatter generated because Annie Proulx, author of Brokeback Mountain, said recently that she felt her intentions in writing the book have been misinterpreted. I stopped answering some of the comments because they had … Continue reading

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gracefully surrendering

A singer who was mega popular in the 1990’s complained recently that today’s music industry is heavily youth oriented. When I was young, in my hippy 20’s, we quoted a poem, the Desiderata, which included the lines “gracefully surrendering the things … Continue reading

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checking credentials

A Fb friend posted a vid about a guy in a US city; he had decided to set up a situation where a homeless guy gets a lump of money; how does he decide to spend it? Was he a … Continue reading

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Searching for Jane Austen’s portrait

Jane Austen is considered to be the premier woman novelist in the UK; however focusing this massive publishing industry is an image by Cassandra which was considered to have been made after her untimely death, & not very lifelike. It … Continue reading

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Spamming the Interview

There are a few insights a Sydney-sider might arrive at, after the Martin Place siege, after the hacking of Sony Corp and the movie The Interview. For a long time now, my personal opinion of Hollywood movies has been that … Continue reading

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