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Ah, racism, you never go out of style. For those of you who may not have seen this image yet, it is a newly released advertisement from the Liberal Party in preparation for the September election. It has a whole heap of problems, but the most...

J.M. Coetzee's 1999 novel, Disgrace, is an excellent, at times emotionally confronting and frustrating, novel. It is the first novel of Coetzee's that I have read, though I have no reason for why it has taken me so long. Born in South Africa, where Disgrace is...

Anna Tambour's Crandolin is her second novel, her third book after the short story collection, Monterra’s Deliciosa & Other Tales &, and the novel, Spotted Lily. As with all of Tambour's fiction, Crandolin remains a deft, well written, complex and demanding creature. As an author in...

Yesterday, in the midst of yet another leadership challenge (the one that didn't happen), I said to N., "This is kind of like watching someone cut their wrists by going across the veins, rather than with the veins." Yesterday was another day of bad politics. I...

Here's an interesting article about Christopher Tolkien, talking about his father's work, about the films. "Tolkien has become a monster, devoured by his own popularity and absorbed into the absurdity of our time," Christopher Tolkien observes sadly. "The chasm between the beauty and seriousness of the...

It is difficult to approach Argo, Ben Affleck's third film, completely free of expectation. Much talked about, in both good and bad terms, the girl and I had been intending to watch it for a while. We did so finally after it won an Oscar. Set...