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The Year of Reading & Writing

I thought I’d recap on my year of reading during my Year of Writing (since my ‘six months off’ kinda snowballed there). Goodreads tells me that in 2011, while I was allowing the bulk of my productive time to be sucked into the pitiful task of ‘earning money’, I read …

The best readings are not readings

Loving this article (for real, I’ve read it twice) on how to have good & bad author readings. Sez Michael H. Miller of the New York Observer, A good reader is either a natural performer, or knows how to throw a party. Think I originally pilfered the link from Ms …

In today’s consumptions

Some kind of weird sleeping sickness has taken over me & is attempting to right the balance of the last several weeks’ insomnia. It’s kinda inconvenient. But, since I’m stuck in bed, I did invest some time in reading The New Yorker’s lengthy article on Paul Haggis (writer of Due …

Free Books put the fear into booksellers

World Book Night, 5 March, is freaking out booksellers. One million free books on the market are gonna kill independent book selling. (Obviously they’ve never heard about Bookcrossing. Shhh!) Which goes against a lot of the authorial commentary on Creative Commons & the value of the ‘first one free’ approach. …

December! 2010!

What. A. Year. It’s pretty much done: one more day of day-job, several weeks of resting AND writing, and then back for another round in 2011. January seems so long ago I can’t even remember what I wanted to get out of this year. Of course, I *should* have written …

Crossed

The bf, familiar with my irregular craving for ‘brit cop drama’, was surprised to find an actual brit cop drama on TV last night that he hadn’t seen before. ‘Why haven’t we seen this?’ ‘Ah, yes. This is CRACKER. It’s very dark. I mean, it’s excellent but … too dark.’ …

The Situation, by Jeff VanderMeer

The Situation is … (there’s a fish project and a boss who’s found in the corridor crying and a friend who’s increasingly becoming a bear). The Situation is …. (the fish, it has the boss’s face, but that was done on purpose, part of the project to build the fish). …

The le Carre distortion

“‘The Spy Who Came in from the Cold’, my third book, changed my life and put me on bare-knuckle terms with my abilities. Until its publication I had written literally in secret, from inside the walls of the secret world, under another name, and free of serious critical attention. Once …

Coming in from the cold

I’ve been reading THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD (John LeCarre) for the past month now — or so Goodreads tells me — because I’m spending a lot of time staring out the train window instead. This has nothing to do with the book. More to do with …

25 May: Towel Day

There are few drawbacks to living ‘in the future’ (i.e. in a city which is 10 hrs in advance of GMT), but one of them is not realising until reading it on BoingBoing that today was (or, is, for some of you) Towel Day, in honour of the great, late …

What I’ve been reading

Yes, I actually have blogging time today! Because I am home sick. It is a bittersweet kind of deal, eh? Lately I’ve been working full-time, alas, but one of the silver linings of full-time work (apart from cold hard cash) is commuting. But only because commuting grants reading time. Here’s …

In which, frankly, I rant about Camus

I’ve been meaning to read Albert Camus’ THE OUTSIDER since I was fifteen. Which sounds more dramatic than it is. A friend of mine with a kinda photographic memory for narrative once sat on my floor — when we were 15 — and told me the story of the outsider. …

David Mitchell’s Rat

Yes, yes, we all love David Mitchell. How can we not? The man’s a bloody genius. For proof: a story about a rat and a divorce. Thank-you, Guardian. I love you. Today is typically Sydney: both overcast AND muggy. To compensate I am watching In Treatment Season 2, which is …

I remember now

I was gonna say, my stars are warning me that I’ll be very happy this year, provided I’m not too prescriptive in what I want. Man. I only just got through setting those goals. In other news, I went into Dymocks today to spend some of my Xmas book voucher …

Weeding your literary garden

If, like me, you have limited space in your life, then perhaps you, too, are looking for ways to eliminate those nasty little disease-carrying lurgies called BOOKS! The roomfordebate blog shows you how. Says author Chang-rae Lee, “Anthologies of fiction and poetry that have “greatest” in the title; “best” is …

The year that was

If you asked me how I feel about 2009 being over & I started with “WooooooHOOOOOOO” and ended with “thankgod, thankgod, thankgod”, then you’d probably have a pretty clear idea of your answer. No? There were some highlights, of course. Apparently my name is now on the cover of a …

More on endings

Over at the American Book Review, they’ve made a list of 100 best last lines from novels. Most of ’em aren’t even spoilers. Some of ’em really make you wonder what the hell kinda book came BEFORE that line. Check it out. Also a note to whatever hacker tried to …

And in today’s unusual discoveries…

… turns out you can still buy Redsine #7, edited by Trent Jamieson & Garry Nurrish, from about 2002. I loved Redsine and always wished it had continued for longer. It was a classy zine, and short (a good characteristic for a zine, imho: one-sitting-reading always scores well with me). …