I’ve been invited to take part in the ‘Imagine. The Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics’ on March 27th. I will be talking about my biography ‘Boy on Fire – The Young Nick Cave’. Because Imagine is a “festival of ideas and politics”, the conversation should be a lot more wide-ranging than usual….Read More
Dead Eyes Opened
Is there anything more depressing than a media scrum and the press conference that follows it when a politician is being pursued today? At the Addison Road Community Centre in Marrickville I witness the background reality to how politics is played out for the public’s so-called benefit – looking into a glass bowl full of piranhas pursuing their ‘Gotcha’ moments and simplistic ‘angle’ journalism.Read More
City of Light
The fine art of forgetting is perhaps The Necks strongest attribute. A concert by the Australian three-piece slips between the tautly engaged and extended atmospheres of organic drifting, utilising bass, piano and percussion to become something so trance-inducing you lose track of where and whatever you are…Read More
Poor Old Dec vs. Ivor the Terrible
Poor old Declan Fry! That awful Ivor Indyk has written him a mean email hinting that Fry’s effusive review of Jessica Au’s Cold Enough for Snow may have been tad pretentious. Calling Fry – to his avatar face! – “a bullshit artist when it comes to literary criticism” and (gasp) “making it obvious”.
Now Dec Fry has released the dirty message on Twitter and got the cancel culture drums tap tap tapping away at a furious rate…Read More
Half-hearted Love (Australia Day 2022)
The queer slant of a summer day ending. Heat, humidity… I’m half knocked out by work and its only Tuesday. Tomorrow, it’s Australia Day again.Read More
One year in, one year out. Not too sure what to think of the times we are in. It feels as if we are all sliding towards a date with destiny. And despite the information that pours down over us every day, most can’t see what’s on that horizon…Read More
A meeting with Fury and Sorrow
I meet Fury and Sorrow in the Inner West of Sydney. They have fled Afghanistan by different paths and means. Fury has been here six days; Sorrow six weeks. Old friends come together again.Read More
What’s Beauty to Do?
I wrote this very short and personally reflective review piece for a newspaper column last year that focussed on this kind of response to artworks. Did not make it through the editorial process but I always thought it had something special to it. Some things never fit right even when they are true…Read More
Dog Day Afternoon
Damien Minton invited artists to reinvent Snoopy and Peanuts for a group exhibition at the Sheffer Gallery in Darlington. Somewhere along the way it became a riposte to lockdown isolation and apartness in the time of COVID-19.Read More
Cold Black Style
I did this is interview with John Cale back in 2010. It reflects on a few encounters across the years and his career up to that time.Read More
Why You Shouldn’t Underestimate the Upper Class
Read a fascinating piece in the Australian Financial Review by Pru Goward called ‘Why You Shouldn’t Underestimate the Underclass’. Apparently just everybody is talking about it!
Now another of her colleagues at the AFR, Crud Blower, has replied along like-minded lines to deepen the top-of-town class analysis even further.
There seems to be no stopping this neo-liberal rethink of our social ills. Caring condescension for all! Bravo! Rah rah! Read on….Read More