Preaching about Dead Plants

A Belated Response to Judith Brett’s 2020 Essay “The Coal Curse” ‘Australia is a wealthy nation with the economic profile of a developing country – heavy on raw materials, and low on innovation and skilled manufacturing.’ This opening sentence on the blurb of Judith Brett’s 2020 essay The Coal Curse: Resources, Climate and Australia’s Future... Continue Reading →

Zen in the Art of Writing

A book on writing and creativity from one of my favourite authors is something I can’t say no to. It’s a book that is not only inspiring itself, but also one that came at the right time for me.

Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire

Lies, corruption, murder, paedophilia, and unbelievable destruction of once great civilisations. This sounds like the plot of a fantasy novel in the veins of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. Yet, this is from the history of Ancient Rome, stretching from its foundation to its fall.

Stop Reading the News

Swiss writer Rolf Dobelli doesn’t read the news. He said this in front of a room full of journalists, who were shocked by his statement, considering he’s a writer. This idea also sounds about as absurd as it is, when I first encountered his book, Stop Reading the News: A Manifesto for a Calmer, Happier Life. Yet, it’s a book that stuck in my mind and I became curious about it. I managed to pick a copy up at my local library and was instantly taken back by it. It’s a book that really does speak to the issues of media today, as well as its effects on someone.

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