Monthly Archives: August 2010

untermenschen baby

The horrors within Joe Cinque’s Consolation and Killing for Pleasure are not the crimes of individuals with jobs, or decent schooling, or much to hope for, or even much to do. The perpetrators, accomplices, victims and witnesses of the crimes … Continue reading

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no real consolation

Some years ago I read Helen Garner’s extraordinary book Joe Cinque’s Consolation.  In that book a middle class girl murders her boyfriend, Joe Cinque, in a Canberra flat by injecting him with heroin after sedating him with rohypnol. The book … Continue reading

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archaeology of disappointment

The early Beatle material is not hard to adore. There is a puppy like quality about the albums from Please Please Me to Beatles for Sale which has a surprising endurance, surprising given the pop core of the songs. These … Continue reading

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can’t love

Those records that I tended to overplay were usually the tapes I played repeatedly in my bedroom and on my walkman as a teenager. The most potent of these, the most wallowed in, was The Beatles Rubber Soul. I’m still … Continue reading

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nothing else…

Sometimes my favourite records never get played. I don’t even think about them in that strange little space in my brain where I decide what to listen to. I can’t tell you the last time I played Mars Needs Guitars … Continue reading

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1988

1988 is a quiet novel. It does not shout, it doesn’t dance. It isn’t flash or big-noting. It is laconic and understated. It is full of the silent work of uneventful days. It is the antithesis of “look at moi, … Continue reading

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something to talk about

Legend has it Don Walker hitchhiked the trans-Siberian highway but I think that is mostly bollocks, the general consensus is that he spent a lot of the time drinking his royalties away but this too is pretty questionable. Don Walker … Continue reading

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