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Author Archives: mcwhirk

you shouldn’t have been so sentimental

It’s another tough anniversary. On this day four years ago, I left Melbourne. In previous years, the passage of such an anniversary didn’t bother me too much; this year, I … Continue reading

February 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

long ago, far away

It’s me again. I’m not dead yet. Like many of you, I imagine, I’ve been in one hell of a slump over the past few months. We all knew things … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

annus horribilis: 2016 in review

This isn’t one of those fun years to look back on, is it. Oh well. Let’s make that y-incision and get this autopsy underway. What did you do in 2016 … Continue reading

December 6, 2016 · 3 Comments

Service guarantees citizenship

I have been too depressed by the campaign to write anything, but now the campaign is over, and we are faced with four years of hellfire.  This isn’t to say … Continue reading

November 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

“If the rule you followed brought you to this, of what use was the rule?”

Friends and enemies, fronds and anemones – hello.  I didn’t really mean to take a hiatus, but I guess it happened anyway.  This is going to be a roundup post, … Continue reading

September 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

apolitical roundup

“Hey, loser, when are you ever gonna write about movies again?” Right here!  Right now!  I will give you a hodgepodge of links and observations and such and so on, … Continue reading

August 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate

As the four years of slaughter drew to a close, the well-known Austrian writer Robert Musil cynically jotted in his diary in 1918: “The war can be reduced to the … Continue reading

August 12, 2016 · 3 Comments