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Morning PhaseBeyonce

This was going to be a review of Morning Phase, the ninth studio album by the artist, Beck. But in order to review Morning Phase, I realised I probably have to talk about Beyoncé Knowle’s most recent release, Beyoncé, as well.
Let me say straight up that I am not and never have been a fan of Beyoncé Knowles. I kind of liked her song Crazy In Love, and the trashy and titillating cliché of a film-clip that accompanied it, but none of her music has ever been in my music collection. I also think Kanye West is a massive douche, which probably tells you which direction this review is going, but more on that later.


The Great Unknown - cover

The Great Unknown is a collection of 19 short stories by Australian writers. According to Angela Meyer, the editor, “it was while watching the original series of The Twilight Zone that the book… was born.” “The strange, the absurd, the macabre, the speculative and the fantastical” nature of these stories, saw them chosen and compiled as examples of the kind of influence American television programmes like The Twilight Zone has had on contemporary Australian writers. (more…)

An interesting question I read the other day asked about the Red Brick Road in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, and what one might have found at the end of it (as opposed to following the word of Glinda and the Munchkins, as Dorothy did, and following the Yellow Brick Road). What was it exactly they didn’t want Dorothy to see? (more…)

            The degree to which literature can influence or affect an individual is dependent on many factors, and is all but impossible to measure objectively. Even narrowing our focus to look only at the way gender is portrayed in children’s books, and the part these books play in shaping the attitudes and ideas a child forms in relation to gender stereotypes, is difficult to gauge. One person may say that a particular piece of literature had such an impact that all of their views on gender are based on just one book; for another, literature has played a tiny part in an immense amalgam of conflicting and complementary ideas and influences from all manner of sources; and for another still, literature may have no direct influence whatsoever. (more…)

Dirty Pop Fantasy

I decided long ago that commercial television and radio had a lot to answer for. Making us believe stuff that simply isn’t true, making us want [to buy] shit we really don’t need, telling us we should be interested in stuff that is really, really dumb!
Which perhaps helps explain why I have always loved Regurgitator.