Outstanding Podcasts

It is the golden era of podcasts. These are some of the shows I have been listening to lately. The Masterclass Podcast is hosted by Louisa Lim from the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. Episode 14: A Matter of Life and Death; True Crime Podcasts is a conversation between Louisa Lim and Wrong Skin’s Richard Baker and Trace’s Rachael Brown. Listen … Continue reading Outstanding Podcasts

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Irresistible: Why we can’t stop checking, scrolling, clicking and watching by Adam Altar

ISBN : 978-1-847-92459-9 Published 2017 by The Bodley Head 354 pages Available from independent publishers indiebound.org Those who avoid temptation in the first place tend to do much better. That’s why heroin-addicted Vietnam vets fared so well when they returned to the U.S. and escaped the drug-taking context altogether, and why it’s so important to construct your environment so temptations are far away. I first … Continue reading Irresistible: Why we can’t stop checking, scrolling, clicking and watching by Adam Altar

Front cover of Heartwood: The art and science of growing trees for conservation and profit by Rowan Reid. Photograph showing seedling of Australian Silky Oak on a Sydney Blue Gum log.

Heartwood: The art and science of growing trees for conservation and profit by Rowan Reid

ISBN : 978-1-925556-11-7 Published 2017 by Melbourne Books 304 pages Hardback $49.95 Available for purchase from Permaculture Principles Progress is not about going down the same path; it is about changing paths. This book is unbelievable. Sometimes books written by experts aren’t much chop–the author being an expert in an area, like the Ebola epidemic or the assassination of Bhutto say, but useless when it … Continue reading Heartwood: The art and science of growing trees for conservation and profit by Rowan Reid

Call of The Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture, A New Earth Charles Massy

Call of the Reed Warbler

Call of the Reed Warbler by Charles Massy ISBN 978-0-7022-5341-6 When Australian farmer Charles Massy was young he was climbing a snow capped mountain in New Zealand when he noticed that the snow had a red tinge to it: Using my ice axe, I chipped into the sugary layer, thinking the colour came from some type of algae. To my enquiry, and with an air … Continue reading Call of the Reed Warbler

Consumed: Food For A Finite Planet

Consumed: Food For a Finite Planet by Sarah Elton ISBN-13: 978-0-226-09362-8 Published 2013 by The University of Chicago Press 348 pages ‘The food system as we know it was assembled in a few decades- and if it can be built that quickly, it can be reassembled and improved in the same amount of time.’ The Australian Bureau of Statistics website has a Population Clock that … Continue reading Consumed: Food For A Finite Planet

Motel Chronicles by Sam Shepard

Motel Chronicles & Hawk Moon by Sam Shepard- With photographs by Johnny Dark ISBN 0-571-13458-0 Motel Chronicles was published in 1982 by City Lights Books- that literary petri dish inoculated by the beatniks and colonised by insurgents. Hawk Moon was published in 1981 by Performing Arts Journal Publications. Both publishers are still going strong, a testament to their fine choice of writers. My copy melds … Continue reading Motel Chronicles by Sam Shepard

This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

         ISBN 978-0-571-29421-3 published 2012 by faber and faber 214pages You work harder than you’ve ever worked at everything- the teaching, your physical therapy, your regular therapy, your reading, your walking. You keep waiting for the heaviness to leave you. You keep waiting for the moment you never think about the ex again. It doesn’t come. I bought This Is How You Lose Her on … Continue reading This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz