He ends with some denials. ‘I’ve never ever
called a person bitch. It’s not my lingo
(I just read out letters). And I’ve never
likewise called her liar. It’s a thing, though,
the way she promises no tax forever,
she says East Timor, then Malaysia. Ringo
changed his tune less often. Fuel watch!
Liar’s an awful word, but she’s a botch.
‘I didn’t say that women are destroying
the joint – I know it’s on the tape like that,
but I meant just some women. It’s annoying:
I defend them, fund them, I go in to bat
for women ‘cos they don’t waste time enjoying
red wine and cigars at lunch. My hat
is tipped to tough ones who excel in arts.
I don’t despise their gender, just some parts.
‘I’m here to face the music, clear the air
in person, not on paper. Them that flogs
their products on my show will see I’m fair.
I thank you all for coming. Go the Dogs!’
Go, not so little poem, to Lord knows where,
but first to readers’ eyes by way of blogs.
It’s Jones who speaks in almost every line:
The words that do not please are surely mine.
WP Bookblog Listing
- A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Marielle Heller 2019) 24 January 2020This is a film that takes a lot of risks. I'm sure some people will find it unbearably mawkish. I was thrilled. It does assume its audience is familiar with Mr Rogers, a US children's TV personality. The show never came to Australia, but the movie works anyhow: is he as nice as he presents? He's certainly a tough interview because he just keep […]
- The Weekend (Bernhard Schlink 2008, Translated Shaun Whiteside) 21 January 2020Just to make it a hat trick of weekends.
- Sex Education Series 2 (Laurie Nunn 2020) 19 January 2020I imagine someone coming to this wirhout having seen series one might be pout off by the opening sequence of a 15 year old biy's compulsive masturbation. To them I would say: Switch it off now and go back to the beginning – there's something glorious and funny and deeply sane in the explicit content of this series.
- Dark Emu (Bruce Pascoe 20) 16 January 2020Now that Brice Pascoe is under attack from someone who thought it was better to go to Peter Dutton than to have it out at the local level, this book has leapt from my To Be Read shelf.
- My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies (Dave Brubaker & Sean Phillips 2018) 16 January 2020Another Christmas present, a companion piece in crime.
- A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Marielle Heller 2019) 24 January 2020
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- Bruce Pascoe's Dark Emu
- Ed Brubaker's Bad Weekend etc
- Proust Progress Report 5: Beginning the third volume
- Audio Books, sadly
- Elizabeth Strout's Olive, Again
- John Le Carré's Agent Running in the Field
- Clive James's River in the Sky
- End of year lists
- Simon Leys' Death of Napoleon
- Nana Kwama Adjei-Brenyah's Friday Black
- Gustason & Uberti's Notes from Public Typewriter
- Ruby Reads (17)
- Proust Progress Report 4:
- Emma Lew’s Crow College
- #aww2019 and #aww2020