• Rodney Hall: A Stolen Season July 16, 2019
    Rodney Hall is one of Australia’s greatest living writers. He has been nominated for the Miles Franklin Award seven times and if he wins this year, it’ll be the third time he’s gone home with the prize. I have known him for eighteen years and he never fails to deliver on the subject of literature. […]
  • Vegan Apocalypse July 8, 2019
    Last Saturday, I caught up with a couple of my closest friends at the Cornish Arms Hotel. One of us has severe dietary intolerances and we opted for the Cornish Arms because the vegan menu most closely resembles a cuisine his gut can manage. Anyhow, two of us are carnivores and we both threw our […]
  • Bert Kreischer and the Mechanics of Subversion June 29, 2019
    I went to see Bert Kreischer last Saturday night. I realised, once he came onstage and took off his shirt, that I had seen him before: he tells the story of his student trip to Russia in the viral video ‘The Machine.’ It’s a pretty funny story, and this real-life, bare chested Homer Simpson does […]
  • Modern Love April 10, 2019
    New needs need new techniques. And the modern artists have found new ways and new means of making their statements… the modern painter cannot express this age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio, in the old forms of the Renaissance or of any other past culture. ” -Jackson Pollock Biffy Clyro, Scottish alternative band, […]
  • Sauvage March 24, 2019
    Sauvage is challenging. Firstly, the backdrop of the drama is one of beauty. The actors are beautiful, as is the world they inhabit. We never see it rain. Further, the film is no nightmare of what it is to be working as a street prostitute. There are dangers and a good many people to be […]
  • Twisted Valentine February 14, 2019
    Tattoos and piercings lodged in the weave of her becoming A pale flame that undulates from my hips towards the ceiling She feels like mine but is held within the darkness’ grip Its heavy fingers printed in the slats between her ribs   I want to reach up inside and touch her deep as she […]
  • Jordan Peterson February 5, 2019
    2 Perhaps this is a function of modern life; every time Peterson posts a lecture, it is watched by millions of people. This is a highly intelligent, eccentric and (by his own admission) fragile person. It is foolish to think this kind of attention would not be difficult to adjust to, and put a profound […]
  • Jordan Peterson January 30, 2019
    1 A friend of mine sent me a critique of Jordan Peterson yesterday in response to my encouragement of her to give him a listen. Originally published in an American journal called The Star, it’s the first decent criticism of Peterson I have read. I came by his book, Twelve Rules For Life maybe a […]
  • You Rang Me Like A Bell January 22, 2019
    You rang me like a bell. I lie on my back with the night pressed against my face And the images resonate one after another – Lying propped on your elbow in the eddies of the sheets Looking at your bare ass as you’re bent over packing your suitcase Prowling the footpath beside me with […]
  • Lady Gaga: Magnificently Ugly December 13, 2018
      If Hollywood filmmaking is spellcasting, A Star Is Born seduced me absolutely. Bradley Cooper has demonstrated himself to be an immensely skilful filmmaker, in addition to an accomplished actor. I’d never paid him much attention: he was in The Hangover, and that was such a bucket of shit I thought it was best to […]