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Challenging sacred cows

Humane is a confusingly versatile word. Lately, it’s featured in the Oz media, and beyond, with public outcries for humane treatment of refugees and our livestock exports. Re the former, just for starters, ‘humane’ would mean not incarcerating those who’ve … Continue reading

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Breaking Taboos – The Imperative by John C Woodcock PhD

In the introduction to his latest book, John C Woodcock writes: The advertising industry has succeeded in reducing all things in the ‘natural world’ to an abstract content that has no meaning. For example, what was once a living animal … Continue reading

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Process vs. Content, Part 1 – the writing life, such as it is, from outside of nature & inside of technology

When it’s opposed to Product, the principle of Process, in life if not in business, assumes the moral high ground – the reverse of the boring, expedient, suspect or criminal ‘means to an end’ so typical of, say, mining methods … Continue reading

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The Politics of Anonymity

What do Ellis Bell, Victoria Lucas and Jane Somers have in common? They’re pseudonyms (and, incidentally, women have used them). More specifically, they’re nom de plumes, assumed by their users for diverse reasons, which I’ll return to. But first, have … Continue reading

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Dangerous Writing: Tom Spanbauer’s The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon

Chuck Palahniuk, maverick author of the cult novel Fight Club (1996), developed his minimalist style in a Portland fiction-writing workshop during the early ’90s. That Palahniuk’s novels get more press for their pop-pulp shock value than for their philosophy has … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Creative Writing MA, Part 2

My first brush with postmodernism, in the mid eighties at art school, scarred me; scared me off further tertiary studies. How could any commentary redeem mediocre technique? Didn’t making art require hand–eye coordination? These conceptual artists invested more craft in … Continue reading

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