Category: Essays

This caffeinated life

This week I decided to enrol in a barista training course. Which, it turns out, is a very zeitgeisty thing to do, being as it is national coffee week. I’ll need to warn my future barista guru though: the last time I wielded a steam wand it didn’t end too well. It was 1990 and I was an undergraduate at Melbourne University. In the afternoons … Read More This caffeinated life


When reality bites

A confession. Lately I’ve been listening to Stay (I missed you), Lisa Loeb’s three perfectly formed minutes of indie pop from the soundtrack to the 1994 film Reality Bites (opening lines: “You say I only hear what I want to/You say I talk so all the time). The song’s video famously featured a one-take shot of Loeb pacing around an empty New York City apartment, … Read More When reality bites

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

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