A quick comparison

A tale of two books     Nick Hornby author         George Orwell High Fidelity title Keep the Aspidistra Flying Rob protagonist Gordon Comstock Owns and manages a dead end record store in the 1990s occupation Works in two dead end book stores in the 1930s Sex, lack of money, wanting to fulfill his dreams Preoccupation […]

Read More A quick comparison

Things that make you go boom

Being a Monday, this should be a leftovers for lunch segment. But there are leftovers in the form of intentions to write some posts, and failing to find time. Settling into a new country is fun, but instead of banging on about that here’s the first of the reviews I promised earlier in the month: […]

Read More Things that make you go boom

By the bar at #mwf …

Quite a few of the free Melbourne Writers Festival (hereafter known only as #mwf) events are at Feddish, awkwardly located in part of that awkward part of the city, Federation Square. Plonked, I found myself this afternoon, on an unfortunately shaped, and disconcertingly high, wicker chair by the bar. Soda water with a hint of ginger […]

Read More By the bar at #mwf …

Without a Hitch …

To coincide with the launch of his memoir, Christopher Hitchens appears to be dying. For publicity purposes, this is something of a masterstroke. All things considered, however, being diagnosed with metastasized esophageal cancer is not a good thing. And not just for Hitch, either. Truly.

Read More Without a Hitch …