Note to an old friend who will soon be departing our shores to marry: wishing you both infinite joy, treat her right, have a ball and may your new homeland embrace you. Mazel tov, Ted x
“Have you ever looked into a goat’s eyes?”
I wouldn’t say I “drove” Mr Richard to sue for libel; there was in me no urge to be sued, and nor had I any interest in conflict (unlike, say, my late father). The review in question – which, implausibly enough, continues to be discussed – was noteworthy only for the fact that it was greenlighted by editors. I knew nothing of libel at the time; I was, if I recall, eighteen or so years of age, with no journalistic training, but my editors should have known better. The way I described Mr Richard was, in part, funny – he later graciously acknowledged it as such – but the review was dislocated and I was importunate in my intensity. I simply documented my fever with no consideration of the repercussions; this was what I then understood as my brief. No provocation was involved. My father’s war with WCP, on the other hand, was a different matter.
- excerpt from NSW Supreme Court judge Hon. R. I. Barrett’s 2015 address to the Law Council.
Long walks at night –
that’s what good for the soul:
peeking into windows
watching tired housewives
trying to fight off
their beer-maddened husbands.
“Those who have not experienced intimacy literally do not understand what it is to live in love; instead, they understand only conquest and the adrenaline-fuelled drive to earn approval.”
Read it here
all distance breathes a final dream of bells;
perfectly outlined against afterglow
are all amazing and the peaceful hills
(not where not here but neither’s blue most both)
and history immeasurably is
wealthier by a single sweet day’s death:
as not imagined secrecies comprise
goldenly huge whole the upfloating moon.
Times a strange fellow;
more he gives than takes
(and he takes all)nor any marvel finds
quite disappearance but some keener makes
—love! if a world ends
more than all worlds begin to(see?)begin
by e e cummings
Another of my old friend Alan McGee’s superb bands / I love this song