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Sylvia Plath: Godmother of Punk Rock?

Posted in Pretensions toward cultural theory, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2019 by Jarrod Boyle

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If you google Sylvia Plath, it’s hard to find her described in any terms other than the superlative. ‘One of the finest lyric poets of the twentieth century,’ is pretty close to the general assessment. Continue reading

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

Jordan Peterson

Posted in Pretensions toward cultural theory, Real Men with tags , , , , , on February 5, 2019 by Jarrod Boyle

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Perhaps this is a function of modern life; every time Peterson posts a lecture, it is watched by millions of people. This is a highly intelligent, eccentric and (by his own admission) fragile person. It is foolish to think this kind of attention would not be difficult to adjust to, and put a profound strain on his character. Continue reading

Jordan Peterson

Posted in Pretensions toward cultural theory, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2019 by Jarrod Boyle

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A friend of mine sent me a critique of Jordan Peterson yesterday in response to my encouragement of her to give him a listen. Originally published in an American journal called The Star, it’s the first decent criticism of Peterson I have read. Continue reading

Lady Gaga: Magnificently Ugly

Posted in Film, Real Men with tags , , , , , on December 13, 2018 by Jarrod Boyle

 

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If Hollywood filmmaking is spellcasting, A Star Is Born seduced me absolutely. Continue reading

Is Jocko Willink A Psychopath?

Posted in Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2018 by Jarrod Boyle

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After taking a regular interest in his podcasts, I’m finding it hard to tell. Continue reading

An Open Letter to Hannah Gadsby

Posted in Real Men, Statement of intention with tags , , , , , , on August 4, 2018 by Jarrod Boyle

 

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I just wanted to write to tell you how much I enjoyed your show, ‘Nanette.’ You don’t see a lot of genuinely incendiary stuff anymore. Incendiary and vital. Continue reading

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