November verse 10: Wiggle and Jiggle at the Library
For Scott Morrison
We're here to sing and dance and jiggle,
mums, a dad and sundry grands,
toddlers primed with twinkle-twinkle,
row-row, incy-wincy hands.
'Welcome all, here's bells and shakers.
Let's go where the songs will take us.
We'll have great fun this afternoon
though sadly I can't hold a tune.'
That was no lie. She sang with gusto,
high and low but always wrong,
We tried and failed to sing along
fell silent on that all-day bus. To
sing together lifts the heart
but badly led, song falls apart.
WP Bookblog Listing
- Loot (Maya Rudolph 2022) 26 June 2022This series about the wife of a tech billionaire who is suddenly divorced but phenomenally wealthy starts out with some fairly revolting images of gross wealth and self indulgence, but we're told it becomes more interesting after the first couple of episodes as she tries to get involved in her Foundation's charity work.
- Belvoir: Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes (Hannah Moscovitch 2020) 26 June 2022Image from Belvoir websiteThis MTC production of a Canadian two-hander is excellent. Both actors – Dan Spielman and Izabella Yena – are pitch perfect, and the writing raises uncomfortable questions which it resolves beautifully.
- Quarterly Essay 85: Not Waving, Drowning (Sarah Krasnostein 2022) 26 June 2022Subtitle, 'Mental Health and Vulnerability in Australia'. This looks like being a companion piece to Gail Bell's 2005 Quarterly Essay, The Worried Well: The depression epidemic and the medicalisation of our sorrows.
- Stan: My Fair Lady (Directed by George Cukor 1964) 26 June 2022Running at nearly three hours, complete with musical Entr'acte, this is looks deeply weird to me now, though the charming elegance I remember it as possessing when I saw it back then is still in evidence. It's had to imagine a remake, especially a remake by British filmmakers.
- A Stasi COmedy (Leander Haußmann 2022) 25 June 2022The Stasi – the East German secret police – are an unlikely subject for a comedy, but this movie pulls it off. I'd love to hear what old East Germans think of it, though. For me there was a particular pleasure in a moment when we saw a character leaving the station at Prenzlauer Berg, which we did at least daily when visiting Berlin more than a decade a […]
- Loot (Maya Rudolph 2022) 26 June 2022
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