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Category Archives: Classics

Mary Barton

Gaskell perhaps didn’t realise it at the time, but what she has crafted is a nuanced history of the home and hearth from the perspectives of the people history forgets: the female, the disabled, the elderly, and the poor.

August 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Classical Chinese Poetry: An Anthology

For some reason, reading this piece threw up so many different, powerful feelings. Though not highly complex or even elegant, this poem in particular rang many bells across the scope of my musical and literary memory.

July 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Rickshaw

Xiangzi is a remarkable lead character destined for tragic poverty, and the host of side-characters are also similarly tragic and garish. My favourite character, however, is the city of Beijing itself.

June 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

Wild Grass

Finding Katherine Mansfield when you weren’t looking.

May 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Outlaws of the Marsh

I found this text both swashbucklingly compelling and conversely utterly uninteresting.

May 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Analects

As a person raised in a predominantly White, rural area in the Southern Hemisphere, notions of trustworthiness were taught via the parable of Moses and the Ten Commandments: thou shalt not steal, adult(er), kill, covet asses, etc.. But not as succinct as the Analects puts it – be trustworthy.

March 7, 2018 · 1 Comment

What Bird Is That? A Guide to the Birds of Australia

It’s funny to think this book was printed in the year of the great Emu War of 1932 (no, really).

November 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

AUDIO BOOK: Metamorphosis

This. This is what I present to you as the 100th post on this blog. Does it mean something? Has this whole indulgence in literary naval gazing been as tedious for you as a day in the life Gregor Samsa? I hope not.

October 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

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