Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Not Your Average Death or Humour

Insecurity, like blood, will out. It makes us feel so vulnerable and exposed that we eventually expose ourselves and become vulnerable. Like a scarlet sock in cold river or in the load of white wash, insecurity has the irksome power to stain our speech and writing, interfering with the immaculate (playfulness) poise we’d like to project.

Elizabethans joked about venereal disease. Romans laughed at bald men. The history of humor is wildly inconsistent about what’s funny... Human Humour

The swatting of a fly – so common, so insignificant – demonstrates that we don’t know what to think about death, whether a fly's or our own... Thinking Differently

What do we want when confronting great art? Solitude, contemplation, silence – all of which are inhibited, even prohibited, in most museums... Art of Making Appearances

An artist’s memory is a dangerous, necessary thing. To turn experience into art, to make something out of remembering, is like “watching ghosts in sunlight”...Ghosts

These are hard times for the study of literature. Technology is ascendant, the humanities in retreat. But the activity of writing continues to redeem itself... Briefings For The Comisar

Coda: How to write cover letters like media dragons

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bay of Fires and Jervis

Various national trust towns around Jervis Bay have blossomed over the past few years. Bookshops, caf├ęs and galleries have taken over most of the main street, making Milton, Braidwood etc pocket-sized delights. Set in lush farmlands and out of this world water views life is beautiful here ...,
We love the landscape dominated by the rock spires such as Pigeon House Mountain. The ascent to the top of any mountains is to come across amazing sublime views ... Bays of fire & views of south coast

Saturday, July 19, 2014

7 New World No v e l


Seven Things Writers Can Learn From Stand-Up Comedians


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Author and journalism professor Ben Yagoda recommends such mainstays of the comedian’s art as the power of surprise and (yes) panic.



Hockey & Babbage

Interesting  revelations are included in a new biography of Joe Hockey - Hockey: Not Your Average Joe - to be released next week, and it shows the carefully managed veneer of unity that binds the Abbott cabinet. The biography - which Hockey cooperated on - traces his background as the son of a Bondi beauty queen and a Palestinian Armenian migrant who had grown up in a war zone. 
Debuting on the federal political stage at the age of 29, Hockey’s failures and triumphs are chronicled, along with the discussions that went on behind the scenes leading up to the budget, and the Treasurer’s lifelong battle with his weight Antipodean Politics MXIV AD

Eric Bana is in Deliver Us From Evil
Sarchie’s story asks the audience to take an enormous leap of faith, to believe that a ‘‘portal’’ to a realm of pure evil could exist, could be opened up through satanic possession, and could be closed down again by the rites of a Catholic exorcism
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From MH 370 tragedy to MH17 disaster

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Scandinavian Film Festival Sydney 20014 AD

Easy Money (SwedishSnabba cash)[3]is a Swedish thriller film directed byDaniel Espinosa that was released on 15 January 2010. It is based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Jens Lapidus.[4] Joel Kinnaman stars in the lead role of Johan "JW" Westlund, a rather poor man living a double life in the upper class areas of Stockholm. After meeting a wealthy girl, he is enticed into the world of organized crime and begins to sell cocaine to afford his expensive lifestyle. Easy Money was well received by critics and was a hit at the box office.
Snabba cash of Sweden / Highly Recommended

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

RIP Nadine Gordimer

Sadly, Nadine Gordimer is dead.

Parliamentary Misbehaviours


CLIVE Palmer is being told to apologise to the Senate clerk after comparing her actions to “Stalinist Russia” and calling on her to quit if she can’t do her job. The Palmer United Party leader denied he yelled at Rosemary Laing during last Thursday’s chaotic carbon tax repeal day in the Senate Integrity and impartiality

A lobbying firm part-owned by Liberal powerbroker Michael Photios made donations worth almost $100,000 to the Liberal and National parties before last year's federal election.
But Premier State Consulting failed to declare the donations until last month – seven months after the official Australian Electoral Commission reporting date of November 17, 2013 and nine months after Tony Abbott's new Liberal-Nationals government took power, which Premier State is registered to lobby on behalf of private clients. Photios Firms

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Element of Style of Self-Publishing



France Banned Free Shipping, So Amazon Now Charges One Cent

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“This past October, French lawmakers decided it was time to show Amazon who’s boss. Frustrated by Amazon’s fast and cheap book-selling model, which poses a threat to France’s healthy ecosystem of indie bookstores, politicians banded together to approve a bill that prohibited Jeff Bezos’ company and other online retailers from shipping discounted books for free.” Far be it from Amazon to break the law …
Via Slate 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Facing Reality

INK BOTTLE“Next to enjoying ourselves, the next greatest pleasure consists in preventing others from enjoying themselves, or, more generally, in the acquisition of power.”
~ Bertrand Russell, “Recrudescence of Puritanism”

Boston or Borneo, London or Lahore: The rise of global literature doesn’t mean that it doesn’t matter where a book comes from. It does... Sydney or Sarajevo or Svit


Seven reasons not to write novels and only one reason to write them, by Javier Marias.  Does this apply to non-fiction like Cold River?

Experimental Vancouver coffee shop with no WiFi, texting, cell phones, etc., only coffee.  You also pay by donation and you are…supposed to talk to the other people in the shop.
- See more at: http://marginalrevolution.com/#sthash.fO1myxLK.dpuf


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Eclectic Observers

New evidence that the "usual suspects" seek a warm conflict again


Listen to the Oldest Song in the World: A Sumerian Hymn Written 3,400 Years Ago OpenCulture
"The irony is that a personality disposition normally seen as antisocial — disagreeableness — may actually be linked to 'pro-social' behavior,'" writes Psychology Today's Kenneth Worthy. "This connection seems to arise from a willingness to sacrifice one's popularity a bit to act in a moral and just way toward other people, animals or the environment at large. Popularity, in the end, may be more a sign of social graces and perhaps a desire to fit in than any kind of moral superiority."

Story at a Cemetery

“A Seventeenth-Century Story” — A. A. Milne

There is a story in every name in that first column of The Times- -Births, Marriages, and Deaths—down which we glance each morning, but, unless the name is known to us, we do not bother about the stories of other people. They are those not very interesting people, our contemporaries. But in a country churchyard a name on an old tombstone will set us wondering a little. What sort of life came to an end there a hundred years ago?

Reading Cold River Means Being On Your Own Little Democratic Island


Our best paintings look like screams of pain (Alasdair Gray’s Lanark)

Reading A Book Means Being On Your Own Little (Democratic) Island


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Graham Swift: “Without getting pompous about it, fiction can perform a very important moral and social function. It is highly democratic.”


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Byliner & CIA Style


How Byliner’s Long-Form Digital Journalism Subscription Service Fell Apart

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“Byliner, which launched in 2011, was one of the darlings of the literary startup scene … Its original mission was to publish original e-singles, both fiction and nonfiction, and also to create a sort of archival home for journalists on the web.” Do the company’s problems “mean that longform journalism on the web is doomed? Or are Byliner’s problems specific to Byliner?”

The CIA Has A Style Manual (And It’s Ruthless)

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The darnedest things turn up from Freedom of Information Act requests: the Directorate of Intelligence’s Style Manual & Writers Guide for Intelligence Publications (eighth edition, 2011). “As revealed in the manual, the CIA is a prescriptivist scold, a believer in the serial comma, and a champion of ‘crisp and pungent’ language ‘devoid of jargon’.”

Blocking Words

A story can always end happily by stopping at a cheerful moment. Of course in nature the only end is death, but death hardly ever happens when people are at their best. That is why we like tragedies. They show men ending energetically with their wits about them and deserving to do it.
~ From Alasdair Gray’s novel Lanark


Got Writer’s Block? Here’s What The Experts Say


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“Not all typing is writing, and not all writing is typing; writer’s block subverts far more than the first sentence. Straightforward creative paralysis, or the inability to start typing, is merely the most literal-minded definition.”





Via Pacific Standard 


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“The reason for the mass retraction is mind-blowing: A “peer review and citation ring” was apparently rigging the review process to get articles published. You’ve heard of prostitution rings, gambling rings and extortion rings. Now there’s a “peer review ring.”