Lines on a map

I’ve been re-reading one of my all time favourite books, Mason and Dixon by Thomas Pynchon, which fictionalises the friendship between the astronomer and the surveyor as they observe the transit of Venus from the Cape of Good Hope and Saint Helena, and later...

When they closed the Riverside Expressway

In 2006, I was living in Brisbane and working as a grad at a building services company. I had just bought my first half-decent bike, a Giant flat-bar road bike, and had started riding to work in Milton from my place in Stones Corner. Up until that point I hadn’t...

Me and Pet Semetary

When I was 10, my older sister and her friends went to see Pet Semetary at the movies, and let me tag along. I have clear memories of them explaining to the teenage member of staff working the cinema door that “she’s mature for her age”. And so they...

Some music from Japan

A couple of weeks ago I returned from Japan after a three week holiday with my husband. One of the best things about the trip – and there were many best things – was the live music we saw. Here I’ll share some of the most notable, for my own memory...

Last Book, Next Book

Some notes on the book I just finished, and the next one I’m going to read. K. Sainz Borgo (2019). It would be night in Caracas. HarperCollins, NY. When I bought this I did have an inkling that its politics might be a bit iffy to my mind. Well, that turned out...

Last Book, Next Book

Some notes on the book I just finished, and the next one I’m going to read. J. Demers (2015). Drone and Apocalypse: An exhibit catalog for the end of the world. Zero Books, Croyden UK. N. Shute (1957). On the beach. Vintage, London UK. Drone and Apocalypse is a...

Cunningham’s Gap: An Analogy for Time and Aspect

If you were to drive up the Cunningham Highway from Brisbane through to Warwick, you cross the Main Range part of the Great Dividing Range at Cunningham’s Gap.* It’s a winding ascent, the kind where you really don’t want to get stuck behind a truck....

Last Book, Next Book

Some notes on the book I just finished, and the next one I’m going to read. T. J. Entwisle (2014). Sprinter and Sprummer: Australia’s changing seasons. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood. I had for some time wanted to read something about a system of seasons...

I, Gremlins Scholar

You may have heard of the Institute of Gremlins 2 Studies birdsite account and its accompanying online open access journal, the Quarterly Journal of Gremlins 2 Studies, which is yet to publish its first issue. One might argue it’s not a real journal, but I...

Sky Hulk

There’s a building in my neighbourhood that’s been under construction since 2016, a 25-storey behemoth with a podium and three towers. It’s part of a precinct that’s in the process of flipping old industrial sites to high rise residential....