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Neflix Gold: I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore

I Don't Feel at Home In This World Anymore is an unfolding existential crises and a search for morality when everybody seems to put themselves first. For me, the heart of this crime comedy is about finding tenderness in a world full of ‘arseholes.’ Melanie Lynskey (Heavenly Creatures) plays Ruth: A depressed nurse, ground down … Continue reading Neflix Gold: I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore

A Review for Writers: ‘The Outsider’ by Albert Camus

As a writer trying to improve their craft, it's worthwhile selecting books that enhance and challenge personal skills. It's not that you can't read for fun or that you have to hide all your "shameful" copies of Twilight (like I once did). I only suggest you select a book that challenges your views on writing—and perhaps, … Continue reading A Review for Writers: ‘The Outsider’ by Albert Camus

The Centre Cannot Hold: A Review of ‘Depends What You Mean by Extremist’

"Journalism," George Orwell once said, "is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations." If Orwell was right then John Safran's newly released book, Depends What You Mean by Extremist: Going Rogue With Australian Deplorables (Penguin, $29.95), is a damn fine piece of journalism. There's surely no shortage of fascists, anarchists, … Continue reading The Centre Cannot Hold: A Review of ‘Depends What You Mean by Extremist’

Travels in France with my father’s father

This blog tells of a trip to France that linked three generations of my family to a tiny village in the Somme. Written for the Travelling Solo section of diywoman.net, the purpose of the post is twofold: to provide advice and encouragement for single women who want to travel, and as a loving tribute to my father and his father. … Continue reading Travels in France with my father’s father

‘The Painted Man’ Review

Explaining my feelings about Peter V. Brett’s ‘The Painted Man’ makes me feel like I’ve developed a split personality. Brett’s debut novel is refreshingly innovative in the fantasy world, a genre that often feels offensively derivative. The premise, characters, and pacing of the first book in Brett’s ‘Demon Cycle’ series are on point. However, Brett’s … Continue reading ‘The Painted Man’ Review

My Second Cousin’s First Birthday Party: A Review

On Sunday my second cousin, Carter, turned one. My cousin and her partner went to extraordinary efforts to make it a day to be remembered, and remembered it will be by all but the birthday girl, whose youth ensures that her recollection of the extravagant day will be basically non-existent. So how did the party … Continue reading My Second Cousin’s First Birthday Party: A Review