January 2, 2018
Folks often insult Trump and other leaders for their stupidity. And understandably so.
But sometimes the slurs are misguided. They suggest that somehow being smart is the key to being good; that intelligence is automatically the morally superior position.
My latest Canb...
December 23, 2017
Sneaking in before the end of the year, there's a review of The Art of Reading in this weekend's Irish Times. Reviewer Andrew Gallix from 3AM magazine rightly notes some gaps in my work, then turns to the book's premise. A generous, observant analysis.
In the expository...
For much of 2017 I was writing. Even more than usual.
Which is another way of saying: I was less visible. Family life juggled away, politics fumed and spat, and I arranged and rearranged glyphs.
Still, a few nice writerly things happened. Here are some of them.
The UK edi...
December 11, 2017
I've a piece on the Meanjin magazine website, 'On Getting Off Screens'.
Basically, I'm weary of (perhaps well-meaning) advice to turn from screens to some magical "real world".
As the author of Distraction, you'd think I'd be dead against digital devices. That's certainl...
November 21, 2017
I've a piece in today's Canberra Times: 'When politicians speak of 'mum and dad', they don't mean normal mums and dads'.
Obviously, this phrase has an important purpose: to remind citizens that investment and commerce are not purely corporate. It introduces a suburban,...
November 7, 2017
I've an essay in the latest New Philosopher magazine, "A Commodified World".
I argue that consumerism isn't simply consuming, having too much, or being 'materialistic'. Instead, it's a very specific approach to the world.
[C]onsumerism can’t be defined simply as satisfy...
Recently some have accused the church or politicians of losing "moral authority" in the same-sex marriage debate.
But what is moral authority, and what does it mean to lack it? I explored this in today's Canberra Times:
[M]oral authority is better understood, at least in...
September 12, 2017
US police offers recently put the Punisher's skull logo on their cars. Yeah, that's right: law enforcement, openly celebrating a murderous vigilante.
I was so taken aback by this, I penned an essay for Meanjin magazine: 'The Punisher's Numb Rage'.
It looks, among other t...
August 31, 2017
I was recently reviewed and interviewed by UK journalist Sarah Ditum for In The Moment magazine.
It was an absolute corker of a conversation--Sarah was a pleasure to chat with. (In fact, there wasn't room in print for the whole rollicking discussion.) Here's an excerpt...
August 24, 2017
The Art of Reading was recently reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement.
In 'Another Heart Beating', Jenny Hendrix considers my book alongside two others: Ann Hood's Morningstar and Michelle Kuo's Reading With Patrick.
...to become a good reader is not that...
Gardens, dragons, and a (small) road trip
August 27, 2019
December 13, 2018
Why are swords still a thing?
December 3, 2018
Russ the Story Bus
November 25, 2018
The Art of Reading: UK tour
September 1, 2018
I love, I slay, and am content
From Batman to leather armour
July 1, 2018
The Art of Reading: in the USA
April 27, 2018
Landlords: take your job as seriously as you take your wealth
April 4, 2018
The Kool-Aid of competence
March 22, 2018
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