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Swapping Treacherous Carrots with the Battersblog

Today author & raconteur Lee Battersby has published what amounts to one of my pub-style rants on the nature of things, over at the Battersblog. This time: carrots. Part of Lee’s examination of art & writing. And if none of that makes sense to you, you should probably go back …

Alan Ball on creation

Was lucky enough to attend the Alan Ball interview at the Opera House tonight. He’s a warm, funny man & down to earth, surprised, I think, by the event & the crowd. I thought: this is what you get when you talk to a real writer, that acknowledgement of how …

The feeds I read

I’m slowly rediscovering the joys of blogs lately, though trying to recall how & with what tools I was ever able to stay on top of all the juicy feeds & blogs & advice & sundry out there. Why, just today I discovered a comic book with invisible ink dialogue …

I guess that’s why it’s called ‘average’

You know, when someone roams the world photographing the first hundred people they find in each city (who agree to be photographed), & then average those hundred faces & call each composite by the city name — it’s surprising how similar we all look. Or, well, maybe it isn’t. But …

To bring to expression

“Is it my role as an artist to say something, to express, to be expressive? I think it’s my role as an artist to bring to expression, it’s not my role to be expressive. I’ve got nothing particular to say, I don’t have any message to give anyone. But it …

Paper Art

In honour of a lovely weekend (spent partly at the fantastic Finders Keepers Markets in Sydney), I present to you Anna-Wili Highfield’s fabulous paper art. Plenty of art at the Finders Keepers Market, much of it wearable. I found pressed metal is in, & so are teapots. I bought some …

Pretty things

I love a good Friday night off from social engagement, committment, plans, duties, things-to-do. A Friday night on the lounge with a good book and some Law and Order episodes on TV. And I love new pretty links. Today: Looking for business card inspiration, I found this awesomeness: http://creativebits.org/cool_business_card_designs Looking …

More of the visual delights

This /w cheeseburgers is rather wonderful and I don’t know why. But isn’t all great art like that? A little bit more, a little bit ‘other than’ something that’s easily put into words? Also little naked person storage is kinda funny. ;p

That funny feeling I’ve forgotten something

Toothbrush, check, passport, check, notes for panel, check, copies of A Book of Endings to use as beercoasters give-aways, check, list of MEXICAN places to eat in San Francisco, check, US dollars (now over AUD$0.90, keep ‘em coming), check. What HAVE I forgotten?! While I shut down my browser for …

More great finds in the surf

Yes, still with the lurgy. Which gives me plenty more time to surf the net. Even managed to do some writing on the Great Unsaleable (ie. novel) today. If it wasn’t for the poor health, I could really get used to this lifestyle. In today’s best pickings: Lev Grossman responds …

Visual inspiration: Apply within

A good, long chat today with author rcdaniells about the importance of visual inspiration. Oddly, I don’t hear a lot of writers talking about visual influences though I suspect it’s more prevalent than a lot of people make out. Plenty of people talk about the importance of music, ‘what music …

Drawing outside the lines

I’m often not a fan of subversive art, finding its teenaged narcissism unattractive. I make an exception for this guy, though. There’s just too much nutty good humour to Banksy’s art. Described as a ‘covert graffiti artist’, the true identity of Banksy is unknown. (Instantly my mind rushed to the …