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Ozonomics – Inside the Myth of Australia's Economic Superheroes

The meme that the steadily growing economy of the last decade owes a lot to a) luck, and b) the Hawke-Keating reforms of the 1980s and 1990s, has been steadily propogating after, seemingly, starting out as a few grizzles in

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Posted in Books, Writers & Writing, Economics, Federal Elections, government, Howardia, Policy, politics

Sunday Spruiking

What are the two best posts/articles you read online this week, LarvyProdders? A link and a short paragraph each describing what appealed to you, please. (If you post more than two links you’ll be automoderated, sorry.)

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Virginia Tech and (violent) creative writing

There’s been some discussion on the other thread of the fact that Cho Seung-Hui was a creative writing student. Let’s dispose of the claim made by some wingnuts, desparate to throw up a smokescreen to obscure the fact that gun

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Posted in Books, Writers & Writing, Crime, Disasters, education, Film, TV, Video etc, USA

Gratuitous Sopranos thread

Rebecca Traister [profiled here] is my favourite writer on tv. How spot on is this? I have never understood people who yammer on about wanting “closure”; they can’t wait to have the mysteries of their relationships explained, their strings tied

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Vonnegut was from somewhere else: Tralfamadore, perhaps.

I liked this remark from Tim Sterne’s (non) obit post at Sarsaparilla so much I thought I’d lift it for this one. Hope you don’t mind, Tim! As already noted by commenters on Suz’ thread, Kurt Vonnegut has passed away.

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Posted in Books, Writers & Writing, culture, Disasters, Iraq, life, politics, War

The best book I never read…

A friend’s son is doing the NSW HSC this year and she tells me that one of the books they study is The Shipping News by E Annie Proulx. I remember that — wryly funny, slightly melancholy, fascinating details about

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Gummo's Old Book Corner

Twilight Women Around the World; International Picture of the Other Love ILLUSTRATED, R Leighton Hasselrodt MA, Luxor Press London (12s/6d) 1965 I recovered this little beauty while Helga and I were sorting through all our old books, getting them ready

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