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...