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Saltwater Vampires

I have finally got around to reading Kirsty Eager’s second novel, Saltwater Vampires. Eager won the Victorian Premier’s Award for Young Adult fiction last year with a sensational read titled Raw Blue (mentioned in this review by me in 2009). As wi… Continue reading

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Writerly Distractions

My name is Pip and yes, I am a twitter addict. I check and refresh and update my twitter feed as much as is humanly possible throughout the day and night. First thing in the morning and last thing at night. Lunch. On the train. Walking up the stre… Continue reading

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Re-thinking Restrepo

I watched Restrepo yesterday. It is the documentary that photographer Tim Hetherington, and writer Sebastian Junger, made of their time embedded with the Second Platoon in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan in 2007. (Junger also wrote a book War, … Continue reading

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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

I don’t think I have told you about David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet yet, have I? It’s an epic story of 1799 Japan and Dejima, the section that the foreigners are confined to stay in while trading with, or living in, Japan. A… Continue reading

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The Mary Smokes Boys

Now that I am not blogging for Readings anymore, I thought I would stop blogging. The pressure, the pressure, the constant pressure to think of new things to write each week was one of the drawbacks of committing to writing a non-marketing blog fo… Continue reading

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Fun in the City

On Thursday we headed into the city to see the Ricky Swallow show Bricoleur at the Ian Potter NGV Gallery in Federation Square. On the way up the stairs at the gallery we wandered through the 2009 Clemenger Art Award and came across Destiny Deacon… Continue reading

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homelessness and leasehold

So, in this week of Homelessness Awareness have a read of this great article from The Age by Chris Middendorp about Victorian homelessness and then this an article from the Centre for Policy Development website by Barbara Coombs.If, like me, you s… Continue reading

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People who post

I have just read that Joel Fitzgibbon supports sending troops into Pakistan:What I found even more interesting and worth a ponder were all the comments posted. 100 at last look.But why all the shouting and crowing ? Labor versus Liberal is all a b… Continue reading

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