Words

Sometimes I wish I was Italian

Being an anglo saxon 3rd generation aetheist Australian can be a real bore sometimes. My shallow (though richly independent) roots have left me fairly…

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I’m a better person when I wake up early

Felt like I needed a tweak to my morning routine this year and have adapted the general philosophy of the 5am club, amending it…

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Some of my favourite book quotes of 2017

In no particular order, highlights from the last 12 months of reading. “‘Marie-Laure.’ His voice is low and soft, a piece of silk you…

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Interviewing is an art form

“My advice to all interviewers is: Shut up and listen. It’s harder than it sounds.” – Errol Morris. A great interview is the bedrock…

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A Funeral for Eddie Moon

‘It’s perfect,’ said Maggie as she lay in the casket. Harold Barnes offered his hand. ‘It’s a shame he never got to see it,’…

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Interstellar in IMAX reminds us what it means to be human

A scene opening the second act of Interstellar finds the Matthew McConaughey-led team of deep space explorers awaken from cryo-sleep just outside of orbit…

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Why brands need stories with conflict

You might think that since brand films (or branded content) are typically concerned with positive emotions, they should be largely devoid of conflict. But…

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One of the few places left to be yourself is at a football game

Over the past two years I’ve had the chance to attend an AFL match every second week (or thereabouts) between April and August. During…

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Using lessons from charcoal drawing to burn through to your best work

Sticking to what you’re good at or comfortable with might yield short term success, but it can also lead to frustration and a lack…

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Ursula Le Guin on war as metaphor in fantasy fiction

It was more than twenty years ago that I first read Ursula Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea, and in re-reading it this month I…

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