November verse 9: In Newtown
Noon, Saturday. As I went walking
King Street South I met a flow,
a gaggle, not a troupe, of talking
mimes – youths dressed à la Marceau:
white face, striped shirt, a red carnation.
Cheerful, noisy desecration.
If mimes aren’t silent, what’s the point?
The times are clearly out of joint.
Then at the bus stop, here’s a scammer:
‘Hi,’ she says, ‘Long time no see!’ …
Then, ‘Would you like to come with me?’
She made no headway with her glamour.
‘Five dollars, then?’ I shook my head.
All when I went to buy some bread.
WP Bookblog Listing
- The Prosperity Gospel (Erik Jensen, Quarterly Essay 74, 2019) 16 September 2019Subtitled 'How Scott Morrison Won and Bill Shorten Lost' this Quarterly Essay must have one of the least enticing titles ever. Nonetheless, Erik Jensen has written well about many things, so I'm willing to give it a go, hoping for more than tea-leaves after the event.
- Below the Surface (Jesper Bernt 2019) 13 September 2019The title is a misleading legacy from the first series, where the evildoers held hostages underground and the Danish title Gidseltagningen, meaning 'hostage crisis', could be replaced with the presumably current English title. There is no underwater action to speak of as Islamists hijack an Elsinore–Helsingborg ferry with the aim of recovering a ph […]
- Asian Provocateur (Ramesh Ranganathan 2015) 13 September 2019At his mother's urging, British comedian Ramesh Ranganathan goes on a pilgrimage to India, and makes jokes that a white comedian wouldn't get away with. He is referred to as a 'brown white man' by an INdian hip-hop performer, so it's not as if her gets away with it copletely.
- A Gentleman in Moscow (Amor Towles 2016)) 11 September 2019I'm reading this for the Book Club.
- Keeping Faith Season 1 (Matthew Hall 2017) 7 September 2019It's taken a while for the first season of this Welsh missing-husband thriller to reach Australia. I sometimes years for subtitles, and some of teh moments of child neglect stretch credibility, but it's engrossing.
- The Prosperity Gospel (Erik Jensen, Quarterly Essay 74, 2019) 16 September 2019
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