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.
WP Bookblog Listing
- Netflix:The Lincoln Lawyer (David E Kelly 2022, from the books by Michael Connolly) 18 May 2022The is good, solid, unpretentious cops-and-lawyers fun.
- The Drover's Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson (Leah Purcell 2022) 15 May 2022This is wonderful. Leah Purcell, wrote it, directed it and is on screen for almost every minute of it. It's moved a long way from Henry Lawson's short story that inspired it, but includes a sweet homage to his mother Louisa Lawson.
- Operation Mincemeat (John Madden 2021) 13 May 2022Not a great film, but a pleasant enough time in the picture theatre. The story itself, of a bizarre deceptive strategy that was crucial to the Allies' success in the war against Nazism, is fascinating.
- Working Class Boy (Jimmy Barnes 2016) 13 May 2022I saw the film based o the stage show based on this book some years ago. Blog post here, I'm now reading the book as counterpoint / reinforcement to Shuggie Bain. They have a lot in common besides being set in Glasgow, but I expect the differences to be instructive.
- COBRA (Ben Richards 2020) 13 May 2022Political intrigue in the middle of a natural disaster – it's not even Climate Change or Terrorism,
- Netflix:The Lincoln Lawyer (David E Kelly 2022, from the books by Michael Connolly) 18 May 2022
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