The cumulative nature of diverse reading

[This article was originally published in February 2016 on Medium.] The name I gave my commitment to not read books by men in 2015 — the No Man’s Land Reading Project — is the only original thing about it. Author Jack Heath did it in 2011 and would like you to know women write just as well if not better than men. Lilit Marcus did it in 2013 and … Continue reading The cumulative nature of diverse reading

The No Man’s Land Reading Project

A few months ago I read an article by a female author who described the experience of signing her books for men who, as she signed, told her the book was for their mother, sister, girlfriend, wife, daughter, niece, and so on. They did also say they’d enjoyed the reading she’d given beforehand, but the fact that none of them was (admitting to) buying her … Continue reading The No Man’s Land Reading Project

Anzac Day: forgetting lest and going undercover ::

My grandfather served in the Second World War as an engineer. I thought, all my young life, that he observed the passage of Anzac Day with some solemnity. Turns out he didn’t observe it at all. Abhorred the thing, actually. His chief critique was similar to one Wilfred Owen leveled at war propaganda in his most famous First World War poem: ‘The old Lie: Dulce … Continue reading Anzac Day: forgetting lest and going undercover ::

Interview — Kevin Parker (Tame Impala), April 2013 ::

There is nothing left for Tame Impala to achieve beyond consolidating their success. They are a critical and commercial commodity, nationally and internationally renowned. This month (April, 2013) they are playing Coachella and Groovin’ the Moo both, not to mention another in a string of sold out east coast tours. Where their debut album, Innerspeaker, pricked a million ears, their sophomore, Lonerism, has put them squarely in the path … Continue reading Interview — Kevin Parker (Tame Impala), April 2013 ::