On April 19, 2016 In Envy
Of its time and place with wisps of early delights (my own with P. G. Wodehouse) but privilege only lasts so long. Rich or poor, we all die. Memorable injunction to ‘practice’ the ‘remembrance of death’ in order to live with intensity.
On April 15, 2016 In Envy
Deep dive into the Merri and Yarra. Boys I would have worked to befriend and river I would have swum in. Emotive writing, water under change. Swirling flow of an ancestral serpent spitting out the chest-puffing of capital and welcoming the good-hearted.
On April 14, 2016 In Sloth
Boyhood: Ethan Hawk a pleasure and watching the characters mature over the 12 years to took to make the film has the mesmerising intrigue of Seven Up without the ethical discomfort of cold hearted documentary sensationalism. Ethnographers (like me) will love this movie.
On April 10, 2016 In Wrath
Workshop on counter histories and defacement makes the point that only one percent of Australia’s monuments work with indigenous history. Most installations are temporary, moved on. They show trees that have grown around the Tent Embassy, creating a new point of view.
On April 5, 2016 In Sloth
The West-centric Eye in the Sky scours for blood, offering no solutions. Alan Rickman (vale) has the line of the film. ‘Never tell a soldier he doesn’t know the cost of war.’ (Forgive him this mannish slip, it’s not all alpha men.)
On April 2, 2016 In Sloth
The blockbuster has brought in heavy crowds. The good rose witch of St Kilda slips me away into the gallery’s deep inner reaches. A music of chiming bowls, floating like festival lanterns, shifting with the water’s slow breathing swell. We drink tea.