Category: Comment

How coming up roses became a labour of love

First Published by the Sydney Morning Herald, 7 February 2003 So the breasts won. I am of course talking about Amanda, one of The Bachelor’s 25 wannabe brides, who attributed her freakishly voluminous chest to the result of a childhood love for Dolly Parton. This week Amanda won the race for Alex’s love (imagine JFK jnr without the bone structure). The Bachelor is the latest … Read More How coming up roses became a labour of love

Catherine Millett at the Sydney Writers’ Festival

A panel on eroticism at last week’s Writers’ Festival was filled tension and heat – but not of the sexual kind. It came from novelist Tobsha Learner, who took numerous swipes at her fellow panelist, Catherine Millet, best-selling French author of the graphic memoir, The Sexual Life of Catherine M. Dismissing Millet’s book as a dull and repetitive list of sexual acts, Leaner said she missed the “foreplay” … Read More Catherine Millett at the Sydney Writers’ Festival

We’re all bit players in a television drama

First published by The Australian, 25 September 1997 In “The era of living vicariously” (Opinion, September 17), Valerie Parv writes that in the wake of Thredbo, Port Arthur and Diana’s funeral, we are in danger of becoming a nation addicted to virtual experiences, hooked on virtual emotions, virtual romance and the virtual hobbies and crafts demonstrated on infotainment television. The problem with Parv’s idea that we … Read More We’re all bit players in a television drama

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