June 1, 2014
“The lawyer pushed up his sleeves. Through an opening of his robe, he vigorously scratched his chest. It sounded like someone currying a horse. He placed his magistral cap on the head of a shiny banister beside him and started his counsel’s speech.
“Gentlemen of the jury,” he said, “we will disregard the motive of the murder, the circumstances in which it was committed, and the murder itself. Under these conditions, with what do you accuse my client?”
The jury, struck by a side of the case they hadn’t considered, was silent and rather uneasy. The judge slept, and the public prosecutor was sold to the Germans.”
— Boris Vian, ‘Fog’, Blues for a Black Cat, transl. Julia Older, The University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, 1992, p. 80.
May 13, 2014
I’ve been invited to participate in The Great Mental Health Debate tomorrow at the University of Sydney. My fellow panellists include: Professor Caroline Hunt, Psychology Department at the University of Sydney; Rosie Swanton, youth involvement coordinator at ReachOut; representatives from the Black Dog Institute and headspace; and student representatives. Feel free to come along. I’ll […]
March 23, 2014
“I think society is one of the greatest impediments an artist can possibly have. I rather think that Duchamp concurred with this view. When I was young and needed help, society wouldn’t give it, because it had no confidence in what I was doing. But when, through my perseverance, society took an interest, then it wanted me not to do the next thing, but to repeat what I had done before. At every point society acts to keep you from doing what you have to do.”
— John Cage
From an interview published in: Moira Roth, Difference/Indifference: musings on postmodernism, Marcel Duchamp and John Cage, OPA (Overseas Publishers Association) N.V., Amsterdam, 1998, p. 72.
March 22, 2014
I gave a guest lecture on Wednesday at the University of Sydney to students of Dr Jane Park’s Race and Representation unit of study. Race and Representation is a compulsory unit for senior students of Cultural Studies. The topic for the week was Stereotypes and How to Subvert Them, and one of the set readings was my […]
March 10, 2014
If you’re in Melbourne, come along to the launch of The Sleepers Almanac No. 9 on Monday 7 April. The anthology will be launched by Jess McGuire and I’ll be reading from my short story, ‘Civility Place’, which is about a guy who works as a lawyer in a 1,200-storey glass tower. There will also be readings from […]