Category Archives: Writing

Book Review: Tabish Khair’s Just Another Jihadi Jane

Jihadi Jane by Tabish Khair My rating: 4 of 5 stars How to imagine the unimaginable? Tabish Khair sets himself quite a task, and a particularly relevant one, in asking how young people from around the world have joined the … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Racism against Asian-Americans

There seems to have been an interesting ‘moment’ happening in popular culture in the United States. I’m sure that this has nothing to do with the fact that the two Asian-American contestants on the latest season of the long-running TV … Continue reading

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Book Review: Christos Ikonomou’s Something Will Happen, You’ll See

Something Will Happen, You’ll See by Christos Ikonomou My rating: 3 of 5 stars A friend left this behind on our bookshelves after staying with us. It’s a collection of short stories all about the collapse of families and communities … Continue reading

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Book Review: Garth Greenwell’s What Belongs To You

What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell My rating: 3 of 5 stars There was a phase in gay fiction where authors (or their fictional stand-ins) seemed to be lauded for writing about their encounters with poor, rough sex workers. … Continue reading

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How to live: Projections and shadows

In conversation with this guy I was dating for not more than a few months, I did my regular joke/not joke, in response to something he’d said. ‘Projeeeecting…’, I commented. To my surprise, he said, ‘I have no idea what … Continue reading

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How to live: Work is a four-letter word

My pal, Tim Mansfield, sent out a series of newsletters around the topic of feeling stuck. One of the posts that stuck in my brain was about work. Because all around me, friends ask: Am I doing the right work? … Continue reading

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How to live: take what you please (an introduction)

As anyone can see, my blog, andyville, has been taken over by dozens of reviews of restaurants and bars. I enjoy my food blogging, and I don’t see it stopping in the near future. But I’m going to aim to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Joan London’s The Golden Age

The Golden Age by Joan London My rating: 2 of 5 stars I did find the setting and time intriguing, and the idea of a care home for kids with polio and a European immigrant couple adjusting to the New … Continue reading

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Book Review: Carmen Aguirre’s Something Fierce

Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by Carmen Aguirre My rating: 4 of 5 stars On my last visit home to Vancouver, a friend gave me this book; I think he knows the author. When I first became friends … Continue reading

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Four months in Paris

Short vacations of a few weeks and living abroad for years or longer have their various benefits. But at this point in my life, where I have a happy home in Sydney, the unexpected opportunity to live in Paris for … Continue reading

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