The Sedaris Diary: Something to write home about

Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris I have to admit it's taken me a long time to finish reading volume one of David Sedaris' Theft by Finding 1977-2002 (Photo of David Sedaris above). I've reviewed other books in the past year and posted them on my blog, including Hugh Riminton's Minefields, his compelling … Continue reading The Sedaris Diary: Something to write home about

Comic duo Laurel and Hardy’s moments to remember: Tales of Hollywood stranger than fiction

Laurel and Hardy were two of my favourite comedians. Every year on Thanksgiving, a US TV network played one of their old films. We laughed at their jokes and slapstick, with perfect timing and the sheepish face of Stan Laurel and the exasperated reactions of Oliver Hardy providing moments to remember. What brought back that … Continue reading Comic duo Laurel and Hardy’s moments to remember: Tales of Hollywood stranger than fiction

Memories of Edward Albee: A playwright who was not afraid of Virginia Woolf

(Photo above of Edward Albee in Sydney in 2009 by Renee Nowytarger, The Australian) This blog post is a bit unusual as it’s been handed over to an old friend of mine, Dr Michael Nardacci. We first met fifty years ago as graduate students at New York University. Mike went on to get his doctorate … Continue reading Memories of Edward Albee: A playwright who was not afraid of Virginia Woolf

Hillary’s health scare has Trump on the rise

It hasn't been a good week for Hillary Clinton. It started with her describing half of Donald Trump's supporters as belonging in a "basket of deplorables ... racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it," and ended with her having to spend three days recovering from a mild bout of pneumonia. What made matters worse … Continue reading Hillary’s health scare has Trump on the rise

The Writers’ Revolution: Reclaim the book for authors and readers

Most Australian writers don’t make a lot of money. Of course, there are Peter Carey and Tom Keneally, and in the recent past, Colleen McCullough and Bryce Courtenay, and going further back, Patrick White and Morris West, to name a few. They were well looked after by publishers and their marketing and publicity staff and … Continue reading The Writers’ Revolution: Reclaim the book for authors and readers