Monthly Archives: September 2011

Bloggers as “information rag and bone traders”

Euan Semple has a wonderful blog called “The Obvious.”  He writes (well, on Aug 22nd he published) this Thought you might enjoy this paragraph from the chapter in my book exhorting people to resist tidying up their information: Finding the good … Continue reading

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Film Review: Sullivan’s Travels

Film Review: Sullivan’s Travelsdir Preston Sturges 1941 Bought this for a fiver and watched it with my mum last night. How brilliant! John Sullivan (aka Lemuel Gulliver) is cosseted and enormously successful director of light musical comedies. He’s restless and … Continue reading

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Monological masturbatory madness

At date of posting (18th August) I’ve only read a third of Deborah Bird Rose’s Reports from a Wild Country: ethics for decolonisation (UNSW Press 2004) but I think I can say confidently that it is one of the best books … Continue reading

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Why I won’t join your movement

Hmm, this from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal is funny, except it claims that there is an inverse correlation between being an asshole and having a high IQ.  In my experience, if there is any correlation (doubtful), it is not inverse, … Continue reading

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Typology of resilience

from the excellent Reports from a Wild Country: ethics for decolonisation Deborah Bird Rose UNSW Press 2004 In considering resilience we need to make a crucial set of distinctions between types of human action: anti-resilience, engineered resilience, and facilitated resilience. … Continue reading

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White Skin Privilege

Effort is made to draw attention to the fact that ‘white skin is privileged by institutions and practices and provides material and psychological entitlements to white people. Examples of these privileges and entitlements may be as seemingly trivial as ‘being … Continue reading

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Silence, echoes off the wall…

which is a line from a song by the late Randy Vanwarmer, who I think was massively under-rated So, first this quote from a book I didn’t rate as highly as I thought I was going to… In his 1968 … Continue reading

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Film Review: Of Gods and Men

“Of Gods and Men” is a deeply moving and unsettling (and slow!) meditation on the nature of faith, fear, solidarity and so much more.  A group of monks in  a North African country must decide “should we stay or should we … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Dying Animal

by Philip Roth 2001 156 pages Philip Roth eh.   Bugger knows how to tell a tale. And make you think.  Here a cultural critic (think Clive James meets Terry Eagleton) in New York recounts his obsessive love/lust for a much … Continue reading

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Film Review: Kramer versus … the unfairness of the world

Saw “The Defiant Ones” (Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis as escaped cons manacled together) and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (Sidney Poitier wanting to marry Kate Hepburn and Spencer Tracy’s daughter in 1967 America) last night. Both were directed by … Continue reading

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