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Failure Is Quick.

I've given up on the commentary thing for my posts at VanderWorld. No one seemed to care and I've got a few other things to post about. Plus, once was funny, but twice seemed boring. Story of my life, really.

Yesterday I gave a lecture featuring two of the Dialogues , and it appeared to go down pretty well. I base this off the fact that no one walked out, and no one spent the hour yawning in my general direction. Plus, at the end, one guy asked me when my book was coming out. That was nice. Today I'm giving another where the lecture suddenly dissolves into a piece of landscape graffiti, which should be interesting.





New post up at VanderWorld.

I've decided, that at the front of all my posts there, I'm going to quote something from an Australian. Author, musician, public figure, whatever. I'm pretty much just going grab what I like at the time, with the only criteria being that they've got to be Australian based, and go with it. Jeff's blog has a different audience to mine, so if I can help some of the smaller, unknown work get out, that'll be a neatness. Today's quote comes from Pio, the Melbourne based performance poet who wrote 24 Hours. I wrote about the book a couple of months back but it's a really fine thing and should be read by more. Assuming this idea doesn't go the way of the commentary, I'll spend a bit of time talking about the people I quote here.

That said, if you've got someone you'd like to quote and talk about here, so long as they're Australian, here's your chance. Leave a message. I reserve the right to say no, of course, but I'm always into finding new things so I'm curious anyhow.

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scarlet_arts
Sep. 21st, 2005 12:28 am (UTC)
Nikki Webster.
benpeek
Sep. 21st, 2005 01:10 am (UTC)
do you even have a quote for the little darling?
chrisbarnes
Sep. 21st, 2005 12:43 am (UTC)
For what it's worth, I enjoyed the director's commentary. The whole Vandermeer guest blog thing is pretty cool, I think. Looking forward to seeing what others do with it. I see Deb has already posted with her usual eloquence.

(BTW, that icon photo of yours makes me think of Nosferatu.)
benpeek
Sep. 21st, 2005 01:13 am (UTC)
ah, well, i can't be bothered with the commentary now. i want to be able to do the vanderworld posts and still feed the people here, so we'll see how that plays out. and yeah, deb did post, though why is it no one calls me eloquent?

it's always, 'oh, deb's so eloquent.'

*sigh*

i'm going to drink her blood.
chrisbarnes
Sep. 21st, 2005 01:22 am (UTC)
Awww... you're eloquent too. Actually, I thought your observation about land ownership in Sydney was excellent.

But I think having you drink her blood might not be the dinner Deb was counting on. :)
benpeek
Sep. 21st, 2005 03:08 am (UTC)
Awww... you're eloquent too.

it's just not the same. i'm sorry. it's just not.
:P

But I think having you drink her blood might not be the dinner Deb was counting on.

you just make that sound all wrong, man. all wrong. plus, it'd be cheap.


deborahb
Sep. 21st, 2005 05:23 am (UTC)
People are gonna start thinking I'm employing you or something, Barnsey!

As to blood drinking, I thought you had to eat someone's brains to acquire their skills. Anything less just gives the *illusion* you have their skills. Blood is hallucinogenic that way.

So I hear.
chrisbarnes
Sep. 21st, 2005 05:39 am (UTC)
>People are gonna start thinking I'm employing you or something, Barnsey!<

And it's high time I got paid, I think. :)

Don't worry, I'll try to cut down on the praise.

I'm with you on the brains thing, though. Eat brains for skills, hearts for courage... with fava beans and a nice Chianti, of course. Blood? Meh.
benpeek
Sep. 21st, 2005 11:58 am (UTC)
Blood is hallucinogenic that way.

but i want that cheap thrill ;)
joey_j0jo
Sep. 21st, 2005 08:54 am (UTC)
You know, I've seen that photo somewhere, like the actual building. It annoyed me, I think.
benpeek
Sep. 21st, 2005 11:55 am (UTC)
it's actually in blacktown on the side of an asian food market. personally, i find myself deeply bothered by the sign, but fascinated still.
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