Wednesday, November 03, 2021
Tuesday, November 02, 2021
The festival of Diwali is staged at this time in the subcontinent and in the diaspora when religious syncretism leads to large and colourful gatherings as I understand. In synchronism I write of an Indian novel which was reread to consider the synthesis of story, semantics and syntax but the story was strong and held sway.
I can’t say if the novel, Burnt Sugar, has wide appeal. Before this, I couldn't see the wood for the trees and the story proves to be an unusual enticing read. It is humorous and harrowing, not romantic in the usual sense, every sentence is an event, lots of flack is aimed at Indian domestic life and beyond. The chaos and excentricity is likeable, the protagonist risks the label of OCD or Spectrum yet is probably normal – depending on where you are coming from. The dynamics between mother and daughter are a disturbing theme.
The writing by Avni Doshi flows along in short sentences and naturally there is a lot of scope to check out how it is done. The work is also full of detail. In another universe the films from Jacques Tati are all about detail except they can make you laugh out loud (Monsieur Hulot's Holiday). A novel is a change after a lot of non-fiction - good as it is. Mr Peter Hartcher writes politics for the Sydney Morning Herald and he usually comes to our aid by refreshing the background as he goes about the analysis. The other regular pundits are always in fine form. Thanks go to Elizabeth Farrelly for calling out the latest assaults on the cityscape.
Monday, November 01, 2021
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Our climate policy is in a little blue guide book brandished by the PM. Is it all about proposals rather than action? By and large we don't yet experience climate change, carbon, animal extinction are invisible, the enemy is unseen and fails to pressure us into zero carbon. Sunday and the institutional side of some religions is vastly symbolic, layered and peculiar when all else in life is in 'yer face. The institutional is far from the sum total of any religion.
Saturday, October 30, 2021
I can't recall seeing any of the iconic horror movies from Hollywood although The Shining was an earlier one. From memory, the optics of a looming planet and uneasy atmosphere of a drama scfi film Melancholia was very haunting. It was like that whilst the gist of personal dramas therein have gone.