“In Tawada’s work, one has the feeling of having wandered into a mythology that is not one’s own”. – Rivka Galchen, New Yorker. Utterly original. Stories that sit in that intersection between hallucination and reality. The Bridegroom was a Dog. It’s an erotic fable…… and why not? The Naked Eye: A Vietnamese woman is kidnapped […]

“The more things remain obscure and mysterious, the more they interest me. I even try to find mystery in things that have none.” – Patrick Modiano. He doesn’t know either. Or rather, what he does know, he shares with us in a series of novels that have the kind of atmosphere that one finds in […]

“It’s the work of a novelist to tell the truth. Sometimes I don’t know what truth I’m looking for, but it’s always a truth that I’m seeking.” – Annie Ernaux. It isn’t easy to look away once that truth is revealed. Links are what Ernaux has always been after. She has been devoted to a single […]

“Free Dirt is a fine, fiery effort… the band hotwires the past for its own purposes..” – All Music 4 1/2 stars.  Released in 1986, Died Pretty‘s magnificent debut album, Free Dirt, remains one of the great Australian rock albums. Combining Stooges-like grunt with the avant-rock stylings of Pere Ubu and the Velvet Underground, the band forged a dark […]

” Hustvedt has the imaginative mastery to encase complex ideas in the flesh and blood needed to render them visceral”. – Observer. There are few writers working today who can reconcile an inner life with an outward one as completely as Siri Hustvedt. An American writer, and specifically a New York writer, dense and knotted […]

“Reality has always attracted me like a magnet, it tortured and hypnotized me, I wanted to capture it on paper. So I immediately appropriated this genre of actual human voices and confessions, witness evidences and documents.” – Svetlana Alexievich.   Reading Svetlana Alexievich may be the closest you can get to experiencing the past – […]

“I didn’t do fashion, I did the people in their clothes that became the fashion.” – Slim Aarons The difference between fashion and style…… is the difference between the transient and the timeless. Driven by a journalistic curiosity about how the world’s most privileged people lived, Slim Aarons photographed luxury fashion’s evolution through the decades.  […]

“The color of Rowland Howard’s music is a deep-purple bruise.” – Lydia Lunch   “His guitar playing was like the stab of a switchblade.” – Laura Jane Grace By the end of his stints in The Birthday Party and These Immortal Souls, Rowland S. Howard had already built a reputation as Australia’s premier anti-guitar hero. […]

“Neu: standing with cocked German eyebrows at the nexus of shimmering space rock, processed psychedelia, mechanical kraut, and wonderfully libidinal disco.”       – Pitchfork Even in 2022, Neu! still sounds like the future. It’s easy to talk about how much this band/record have influenced but there is no denying that the power of sheer […]