Archive for the Reading Category

Suicidal Thoughts

Posted in poetry, Reading, Real Men with tags , , , , on September 3, 2019 by Jarrod Boyle

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‘There’s two acts of creation at work in the novel: the writer’s, and the reader’s.’

– Rodney Hall.

Some books, you read them and they go right through you like a glass of water. Other books seem to take up residence and become a part of who you are, like marrow, or muscle fibre.

I recently read Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar for the second time.

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Rodney Hall: A Stolen Season

Posted in Fiction, Reading, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2019 by Jarrod Boyle
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At the gym – working on the gun show.

Rodney Hall is one of Australia’s greatest living writers. He has been nominated for the Miles Franklin Award seven times and if he wins this year, it’ll be the third time he’s gone home with the prize.

I have known him for eighteen years and he never fails to deliver on the subject of literature. He has been kind enough to wax lyrical at the Theme Park on matters literary and a few others that happen to intersect within his purview. 

T.P: I’m guessing that if the Miles Franklin Award was predicated on biceps, you’d win that. Continue reading

Wendy Waters – Catch The Moon, Mary

Posted in Reading, Real Men with tags , , on August 13, 2015 by Jarrod Boyle

CTMM_half-sizeI previously described Wendy Waters as the best unpublished writer I knew. No longer; she is now one of the best published writers I know. Her novel, Catch the Moon, Mary, will be available for purchase from Linen Press Books on September 1.

‘Are You a Satanist?’

Posted in Journalism, Observation, Pretensions toward cultural theory, Reading, Real Men, Statement of intention with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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I feel responsible. I feel that I must do something like Flanagan, or Tolstoy. Anything less is a waste of everyone’s time – both yours, and mine. If I think about it too much, there’s not even time enough to go to work. Continue reading

‘Are You A Satanist?’

Posted in Observation, Reading, Real Men, Statement of intention with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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The last twelve to eighteen months have taught me that if you put something on the internet, everybody will see it. People rarely comment on-line, but I seem to get all kinds of bizarre responses when I see them in public, ranging from facial expressions that look like they’ve swallowed a bullfrog (and are struggling to keep it down) to, ‘What’s with all the leather gear?’ Or even, ‘Are you a Satanist?’ Continue reading

A Review of a Book I Have Only Half-Finished

Posted in Reading with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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Haruki Murikami’s Dance Dance Dance has one of the best first pages I have read, but I’m still going to give it away.

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The Dark Side of Unconditional Love

Posted in Observation, Reading with tags , , , on August 12, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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It is said that unconditional love is the kind of love we should aspire to; it’s the state of loving in which you love someone, regardless of whether they love you in return, or even treat you well. It is to achieve a state of selflessness as a result of your feelings.

It has occurred to me that this is not always a good thing. Continue reading

Kafka’s Mouse and Bukowski’s Bluebird

Posted in Fiction, Observation, Reading, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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I read Kafka’s The Trial earlier in the year, and it was a boring read that paid off in a big way by the end. Continue reading

Autobiography of a Loser

Posted in Observation, Reading, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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A lot of people think Charles Bukowski’s Ham on Rye is his best novel. Continue reading

A Bad Case of the Holden Caulfields

Posted in Reading, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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Anyone who likes to read must have read Catcher in the Rye – and loved it. Continue reading

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