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COLD COMFORT

Current events¬† – our despicable government, the Trump circus, continuing attacks on renewable energy, our ongoing torture of refugees and the rest – have been so depressing, unsettling and generally vile that recently I decided on a short news moratorium. … Continue reading

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AT THE VILLA TARANTO

How about another voice? While I was incubating How Bright Are All Things Here, I re-read my mother’s travel diaries and memoirs, and used some of her descriptions as the basis for parts of the novel. She wrote this for … Continue reading

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STUDENT WORK

This is me in front of one of Douglas Green’s – my father’s –¬† student paintings. It’s a nude – the back of a naked woman – and I posed tactfully in front of her bottom. My son, when small, … Continue reading

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QUICKSANDS

I have just read another book by Sybille Bedford – earlier this year, it was her novel, “Jigsaw”. This one “Quicksands: A Memoir” covered much of the same territory. Same, but different. Vivid and personal, even confessional. It is not … Continue reading

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SPOTTED

Spotted in Readings, Carlton and in the bookstore at Cairns airport.

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HOW BRIGHT

My new book, How Bright Are All Things Here, had its launch on Sunday. After feeling that I was about to face the guillotine for the past couple of weeks, my distress reached peak intensity just before the speeches began. … Continue reading

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ASK SIRI

I’ve just finished a couple of Siri Hustvedt books; a novel and a collection of essays. I’ve had Sorrows of an American for ages, but never read it. And within a few minutes, I was so absorbed that I knocked … Continue reading

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BREAK AWAY

I had a break in writing recently and took to making art pages in one 0f those cheap black spiral bound visual diaries. Here are a few.

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IT’S JUST LIKE A BOOK!

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BRIGHT FLARES

It seems that often my random reading continues a kind of conversation in my head. After writing my last post, on Tim Parks’ book, I’ve been thinking about thinking. The problem of too much thinking. Thinking when I’d rather not. … Continue reading

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