Have a look at this sign in a cake shop in Norton Street Plaza, Leichhardt. Sam Cavallaro probably feels he has crafted a memorable slogan. Clearly he has saved quite a bit of money by not employing a copy writer or an editor. What I love is the way it refuses to yield up a clear meaning. The dollar may lose its value with inflation, but these cakes are good even when they’re stale? No, that can’t be it. Perhaps: our cakes may seem expensive, but you’ll stop worrying about the cost when you actually eat them? But surely that isn’t it either. I know we’re not meant to scrutinise it like this, but honestly it’s not derision I feel but a kind of awe at its koan-ishness.
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- The Silence (Fiona Seres 2010) 22 October 2021Paradoxically one of the shoutiest TV series ever. A young woman who has recently had a cochlear implant, which she hates, is going through 18-year-old acting out. She witnesses a murder, but for undisclosed reasons doesn't at first tell anyone about it.
- Summer of Love (Questlove 2021) 22 October 2021Subtitled: The Revolution that Could Not Be Televised. This is a documentary about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival. The festival was dubbed the 'Black Woodstock' but the filmmaker's attempts to get finance together failed until now. It's a brilliant movie, and not just for the music (The Fifth Dimension, Nina Simone, B B King, some fab […]
- Walk like a Cow (Brendan Ryan 2020) 21 October 2021A memoir from the author of Why I Am Not a Farmer.
- Veep Season 5 (Armando Iannucci 2016) 20 October 2021We switched to this after the horror show of Succession Series 3 Episode 1. It's just as much a horror show, but funny and we can tell ourselves it's unrealistic. This was made when Trump was first running for president.
- Succession Season 3 (Jesse Armstrong 2021) 20 October 2021Can big business really be this ruthless? I want them all to be put into intensive care until they've had a good cry. Meanwhile I watch in fascinated horror, hoping it's pure fiction.
- The Silence (Fiona Seres 2010) 22 October 2021
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