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I Feel Almost Normal

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I Feel Almost Normal The last few weeks I have used this blog not to chronicle my American adventures as usual, but to interview people involved in aspects of Australian cultural life I find inspirational. This is because my quick dash back to Australia in December turned into a four[…]

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Your gravestone epitaph competition!

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Your gravestone epitaph competition As I remain in Melbourne recovering from surgery, I find that I miss Pittsburgh quite a lot – in a yearning sort of way. Which is a bit mysterious given I have only really just moved there. But I think I have figured out the major[…]

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Reflections on Losing a Body Part

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Ovary in a jar On Tuesday, I caught the train out to Clayton, an outer Melbourne suburb, comfortably middle-class and economically boosted by the presence of a major public teaching hospital (Monash Medical Center), and other private health providers. One of those providers, Monash Surgical Private Hospital (MSPH), was my[…]

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Radio National special on contemporary spiritual music

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I’m currently back in Australia for a while. ABC Radio National, Australia’s national public broadcaster has a long standing show on spiritual and religious matters called Encounter. This Sunday (7 February, 7.10 am Australian eastern time, repeated Wednesday 7.00pm), Encounter is doing a special on contemporary spiritual music called ‘Planet[…]

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Location, location, location!

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Location, location, location Books read since leaving Pittsburgh for Melbourne (Australia) a month ago: Niall Ferguson: The Ascent of Money Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking Norman Doige: The Brain That Changes Itself Don Watson: American Journeys Augusten Burroughs: You Better Not Cry Dava Sobel; Longitude All of these are extremely good[…]

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Wicked Game: A retro-smacky duet version

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How not to improve on ‘Wicked Game’ (but make it sound more like the kind of track you’d actually desperately record in your bedroom late at night) Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’ is one of those perfect songs which simply cannot be ‘improved’ upon.  There are many, many tracks that can[…]

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