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Three Beauties of the Present Day

Kitagawa Utamaro - Toji san bijin (Three Beauties of the Present Day)From Bijin-ga (Pictures of Beautiful Women), published by Tsutaya Juzaburo - Google Art Project.jpg
Kitagawa Utamaro – Toji san bijin (Three Beauties of the Present Day)From Bijin-ga (Pictures of Beautiful Women), published by Tsutaya Juzaburo – Google Art Project” by UtamarocgH3Mn22MIBngA at Google Cultural Institute, zoom level maximum. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Jun 06

Indigenous Writing and Editing Project

Last Thursday, I went to a seminar on editing Australian Indigenous texts, held by the Indigenous editors of black&write! The editors, Ellen van Neerven-Currie and Linda McBride-Yuke, were the inaugural recipients of the Indigenous editing mentorships offered by the Queensland State Library. We participants were given a deadly* tour of the many indigenous languages, along …

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Apr 24

Describing People 101

Sometimes, for whatever reason, a writer can really put his hoof in it. Take, for example, Nathan Myer’s description of Otis Hope Carey, an indigenous Australian surfer: ‘With his apeish face and cowering hair-curtains, I expect little more than Cro-Magnon grunts from his mouth. I am caught off guard by the clarity and eloquence of …

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Mar 10

Murder and the taste of limes

With leather gloves, I seize these bugs, as they breed, as they eat tender leaves and buds. The air stinks and my skin sometimes burns with the acrid juice they spray in fear. ‘I’m amazed how quickly the desire for limes made me a murderer.’ ‘No, you were already a murderer. What’s interesting is how …

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