Monthly Archives: February 2013

Girls of Australia: stand up and count! with Margaret Wertheim, Clio Cresswell and Robyn Arianrhod

Hot on the heels of an email exchange I had today about the power of numbers and metrics in our 21st century global society (which I’ll be talking about on Wednesday 27 March 2013 at the University of Tasmania), comes … Continue reading

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‘the monomaniac incarnation of all those malicious agencies which some deep men feel’: Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick

Herman Melville’s sixth novel, Moby-Dick (1851), is one of the most extraordinary novels ever composed. The story it tells is of classic simplicity: Captain Ahab sails on the Pequod in search of the white whale Moby-Dick, intent on avenging himself … Continue reading

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Writing La Boheme: ‘Sono un poeta. Che cosa faccio? Scrivo. E come vivo? Vivo!’

Last week I saw Puccini’s La Boheme at the Sydney Opera House. The Gale Edwards production set in 1920s-30s Berlin was so exciting, so energetic, the music’s still swirling round my head, especially Rodolfo’s aria ‘Che gelida manina‘, which I … Continue reading

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My love is like a … quiet desk in Fisher Library

I’ve been in a frenzy of work for the last few weeks – and despite plans to blog here about various things, including my latest reading and the announcement of Christos Tsiolkas’s forthcoming novel Barracuda, I’ve been too busy elsewhere. … Continue reading

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