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Category Archives: biography

Records of the Grand Historian: Part 2

I am not either a person of the Confucian age (or even of a contemporary Confucian society) in possession of a set of testicles, or currently in a position of knowing if my work will be given a grand enough title to last longer than my own living memory.

June 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Records of the Grand Historian: Part 1

At this point am I just desperately trying to make sure y’all know I’ve read The Iliad?

June 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

FILM: Aimée & Jaguar

After neo-nazis smeared her front door with excrament, Lily Wurst fought back with the truth she felt she owed to the love of her life. Wurst revealed that the women she protected during WII weren’t just Jewish, they were also queer. And so was she. And so was her lover, Felice Schragenheim.

December 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

China: Portrait of a People

Sip jasmine green tea in a quiet space while you explore this small but powerful little book.

November 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Last Empress

Hannah Pakula presents a confident appraisal of Soong Mei-ling: China’s ‘last empress’ – a competent political tactician, devout Christian and fairly incredible person.

September 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Orlando: A Biography

‘Nothing thicker than a knife’s blade separates happiness from melancholy.’

July 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Rare and Commonplace Flowers

‘The shooting stars in your black hair / in bright formation are flocking where, / so straight, so soon?’

June 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Unbound

For any enthusiast of modern Chinese history, this is an essential text detailing one of the key narratives of early Communist Party History. For everyone else, this book contains an approachable history of the powerful life-stories of some truly remarkable women.

June 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Talking To My Country

Grant is an approachable, fluent and engaging writer and, as such, this is not only a book every Australian should read, but crucially, and accessible text that most Australians can read.

May 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

FILM: The Music of Strangers

One can hardly believe the film is as short as it is – time seemed to slow down and still (or maybe that was the jet lag kicking in).

April 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

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