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On writing

I’m back at last! Yes, it was a long break but there were enough good reasons: reworking a piece I thought I’d put to bed a little while back; catching up on a lot of reading I’d put aside and put aside (you know how it is); chasing new ideas, new stories, new people. 1,012 more words

The Guardian

Arrested development: James Packer has been down, but he’s not out | The Monthly

“Ladies and gentlemen, I have made many, many mistakes in my life, but investing in China is not one of them.” – James Packer, speech to the Asia Society, 14 March 2013. 15 more words

Informed Comment

January Wrap Up

This month was a pretty great refresh for me. I constantly make the mistake of letting work and other things that stress out my life take up so much unwarranted time when I could be doing something I love like reading. 521 more words


January TBR

Man, oh man. I know it’s only been 2017 for roughly two days, but I am so glad to have 2016 in my dust. It was such a crazy year of ups and downs. 151 more words


THE MONTHLY // Christmas Is The Best Time To Be An Action Hero

What movies did you watch this Christmas? Did you go for Tim Allen family comedy The Santa Clause, or the much adored romantic Brit-flick… 880 more words


The national broadside | The Monthly

For the past three weeks, I’ve been observing the world from a hospital bed. One of my pastimes has been to read the Australian carefully each day, something I haven’t done since completing my analysis of the harm the paper does to the nation, in the Quarterly Essay ‘Bad News’. 6 more words


Winners are Grinners: The 10th EMSLA Award; Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery

It’s a tough gig being a distinguished judge, but hey! Someone’s gotta do it. Michael Fitzgerald, editor of Art Monthly Australasia, Julie Fragar, celebrated, award winning painter and I judged the $20,000 EMSLA Award in Coffs Harbour the other week. 1,121 more words

Australian Art