Category Archives: Book

Book Review: Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante My rating: 5 of 5 stars There was no question on finishing this book that I’d be reading the rest of the novels… but I was surprised at how I swept into it. First, … Continue reading

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2017 in lists (Concerts & shows, theatre, books, movies, TV)

Concerts, Shows, Theatre & Words Ladies in Black, Lyric Theatre, January: An Australian homegrown musical with music by Tim Finn of Crowded House, this show got great reviews when it was being developed a year go… though the reviews of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Simon Fitzmaurice’s It’s Not Yet Dark

It’s Not Yet Dark: A Memoir by Simon Fitzmaurice My rating: 4 of 5 stars As a filmmaker, Simon Fitzmaurice knows how to tell a story. His memoir ‘It’s Not Yet Dark’, is written with an engaging narrative and voice … Continue reading

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Book Review: Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell’s The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero My rating: 3 of 5 stars A friend brought me to a screening of “The Room”, a terrible movie, this generation’s Rocky Horror … Continue reading

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Book Review: Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber My rating: 4 of 5 stars Sometimes a story about a book is enough to get me to read the book itself… and a Guardian profile, describing how Faber has decided … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jack Viertal’s The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built

The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built by Jack Viertel My rating: 3 of 5 stars If you’re a fan of musicals, this is a fun book, for have you ever really stopped to ponder … Continue reading

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Book Review: Edmund White’s Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris

Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris by Edmund White My rating: 2 of 5 stars I bought Edmund White’s Inside a Pearl almost as a reflex action. I was at Sydney’s gay bookstore, The Bookshop Darlinghurst, and like to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Bill Hayes’s Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me

Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me by Bill Hayes My rating: 4 of 5 stars This would be a good book to read on any occasion but takes on more resonance if you have a connection with New York … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jonathan Galassi’s Muse

Muse by Jonathan Galassi My rating: 1 of 5 stars It is admittedly completely unfair to review this book without finishing it, and I did find Pamela Paul’s recent exhortation in the New York Times to read books you hate … Continue reading

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Book Review: Richard Siken’s Crush (Poetry)

Crush by Richard Siken My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ve read many poetry collections in my time, and I found this quite a unique experience. I’m not one to watch a horror movie, say, to feel scared. And while … Continue reading

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