Inherent Advice

I probably should have written something about this a week ago, but I was busy with radio shows and things. Had I not been busy with radio shows and things I would have had time to blog about it, but then there wouldn’t have been anything to blog about. It’s a sort of catch-22, you see.

Over the Summer, I am co-hosting a show on Melbourne’s Triple R called Inherent Advice. Marian Blythe and I will be examining modern relationships through the prism of pop culture and the prism of special guests provided the guests are transparent and can refract light.

Have the movies and television lied to us about how our relationships should look? Have we accepted terrible advice about how to resolve conflicts? Are we living our lives all wrong?

Last week we talked about relationships in the workplace, and you can listen to that right now. This week we’re talking about family relationships, and we’ll be airing live each Tuesday from 7pm for the next few weeks. And if you need any help with a problem in your life, head over to our Facebook page and ask us about it and we’ll endeavour to give you guidance that’s even worse than the pop culture you consume.

Heartbreak and Chaos Under the Christmas Tree

Here’s me pointing at Eva Orner’s book, because I don’t understand how perspective works. Also, you should probably get Eva’s book as well.

Looking for the perfect Christmas present for your loved one or friend or colleague? Well, bad luck. There’s no such thing as the perfect present. The best you can hope for is some trinket that bypasses the look of confusion, disgust and contempt that flashed onto the recipient’s face when that key piece of wrapping paper is finally torn from the body of the gift.

In that spirit, consider giving the human beings in your life a copy of my book Double Dissolution: Heartbreak and Chaos on the Campaign Trail. If they like politics, jokes, travelogues or sad white men complaining about their marriage breakdown, then this is honestly the only thing worth getting. You can find a physical copy in most bookstores and digital copies on most websites, probably.

Buy a copy right now by clicking here.

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Earlier this year I was walking around in a daze, and also London, trying to figure out what to with my life. My marriage appeared to be over, I had nowhere to live, and the quaint British tradition of charging AU$8 for what I will charitably called “coffee-tinted imitation liquid” was fast draining my savings.

In a fit of confusion, I decided to properly cover the 2016 election. No, not that one. The boring one. The Australian one. I flew home, bought a car, and took off on the road to see what a federal election looked like on the ground instead of through the filter of 24 hour news and social media. I wrote about my adventures for Vice, and had initially planned to collect all of the articles into a book. As I went on, it became clear that the book was going to be something else entirely. Not just disjointed tales of electorates and MPs, but its own distinct tale of being on the road and finding yourself at a crossroads. A metaphorical crossroads. The first road is real, the crossroad is a metaphor. Look, it doesn’t matter. You’re getting hung up on this point.

I spent two months driving around Australia, meeting politicians and voters, navigating big cities and hidden towns, and having some of the strangest encounters of my life. If you want a snapshot of Australian politics in 2016, it’s that. If you want an emotive journey of painful introspection, it’s that too. If you want a road trip journal, it’s absolutely that. If you want a bunch of jokes, then I’ve got you covered.

Double Dissolution: Heartbreak and Chaos on the Campaign Trail is out in bookstores and available online now, so why not buy eight or nine copies and see for yourself.

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The Best Films of 2015

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You say “best”. Don’t you mean “favourite”?

Yes.

Didn’t you used to do fifty films?

Yes.

And you’ve combined fiction films with documentaries this year. Don’t you usually separate them?

Yes.

Your approach to release dates seems to be pretty haphazard.

Yes.

You haven’t included Spotlight, 45 Years, The Big Short or The Hateful Eight, amongst others. What, did you just not see them?

Yes.

If I disagree with any of your choices, should I leave a comment, then maybe a follow-up via email and social media to make sure you know that I really didn’t like the films you did?

Yes. Continue reading