Readings week 51
- Between grocery shopping and cooking…
- I’ve litte time for ‘ sit down serious reading’.
- Here are a few snippets, thoughts while making pumpkin pie (Mom’s recipe)
- and …mushroom lasagna! (Cookbook Plenty by Y. Ottolenghi)
- #SNAFU in the Xmas kitchen….chilled dough ready for pumpkin pie
- …. and I can’t find my rolling pin!
- PS: I can eat Pumpkin Pie for breakfast!
- This dish took me 4 hours to make:
- 4 different cheeses – béchemal sauce – chop 2 lbs mushrooms + 15 onions
- pre-soak lasagna pasta….and then put all this together in layers!
- I deserve a ‘y-uuuge’ glass of wine after this culinary extravaganza!
- Ready for the oven….XMAS Mushroom Lasagna!
- I used every frying pan, dish, spatula and bowl in my kitchen
- to make this…I’m exhausted!
- Happy Holiday!
UPDATE 17-18 December 2017
- Read: ISLAND magazine (nr 151)
- This is a Tasmanian Literary publication sent to me all the way from Port Hobart!
- Read: editorial by Geordie Williamson
- Read: poem Munchian O by Mededith Wattison.
- Re-read the poem Munchian O this morning with my coffee: ..it makes very little sense to me except the allusions to E. Munch ‘The Scream‘ and Bruegel’s ‘Landscape With the Fall of Icarus‘. I’m sorry …I really tried to like it!
- Read: personal essay by Erin Hortle “How Do You Make Them See You Belong” (feminist issues in the middle of Tasmanian surf culture). This essay was so-so….issue seemed trivial to me. Erin is trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill in my opinion…but it is important for her.
- Read: The Writer at Present Interview by Benjamin Law with author Heather Rose.
- She is the winner of Stella Prize 2017 book: the Museum of Love Modern Love. She describes her journey while writing her prize winning book.
- Read: 2 personal essays by husband and wife team on their decision to move to Tasmania from Melbourne. These were excellent personal essays by Damon Young and Ruth Quibell.
Film: finished short series HBO The Young Pope (Jude Law nominated Golden Globe 2018) ..I spent 6 hours watching the last episodes and enjoyed it but felt still as if I was wasting my reading time. Watching films and series on HBO or Netflix just feel like a ‘sugar buzz’ and later I come crashing down. On the other hand…books keep me afloat for days.
Read: The New Yorker with the new app “The New Yorker Today”.
Daily shouts: Xmas grocery shopping/cooking got you down? #JoinTheClub
But I have just been jolted into ‘Ho-ho-ho” spirit @NewYorker “Life Hacks for the Reluctant Home Cook” (@tasneemraja) Tasneem Raja’s article has given me #CulinaryShame “Astronauts in space find time to make their own stock. What’s your excuse?”
Read: Meanjin – an Australian a literary magazine
- Essay: Two Fires by T. Birch – winner of the P.White Award 2017
- He is the first first indigenous writer to win the Patrick White Award
- His newest novel is Ghost River (2015)
- A collection of impressions and people Birch met during a
- 2 week residency in Canada, Banff Cenre for Arts and Creativity
- …and Christmas Hills Readers and Writers Festival 2017.
- The history of a stolen generation in Canada…sound haunting.
- Tony Birch makes many comparisons (CAN vs AUS) and its history
- …of dispossession and attempt to destroy the indigenous peoples.
- Essay was very readable but did not ‘wow’- me.
Read: Quarterly Essay, vol. 68; White, Hugh, 28 November 2017 (Australian)
This is worth the time it took to read….2 hrs!
- Essay: , ‘Without America: Australia in the New Asia’
- Hugh White is Professor of Strategic Studies
- ….at the Australian National University.
- Stop assuming that USA is going to dominate Asia forever
- Stop assuming that USA will keep Australia safe.
- China is now so strong and ambitious that USA under Trump..so weak
- that USA will cease to be a significant player in Asia.
- Australia must prepare itself for this transformation.
- I loved White’s explanation of two world powers put their rivals to the test!
- “classic power-political salami-slicing”
- “…each slice of the salami might be insignificant,
- Washington looks weak if it can’t or won’t stop China taking
- …one slice after another, and China by contrast looks strong and resolved…”
- “Rex Tillerson has proved to be the worst secretary of state in living memory,
- ….and the overpraised General James Mattis in Defense
- ….has failed to bring coherence to the administration’s strategy.”
- Who would have thought that Indonesia will be a
- ..VERY POWERFUL country, second only to China?
- Thank you, Hugh White for opening my eyes….about China and Indonesia!!
- I think TRUMP should put this essay
- ‘Without America’ in his bedside night table….
- …his TBR!!
- 40 years ago Australia managed a ‘post-alliance’ transition with Britain.
- Now Australia’s task in the next few years will be…doing the same with America!
- China’s rise is a fact and isn’t going away.
- This will require Australia to rethink a lot of things,
- ….to make some hard choices, and perhaps
- …to pay some heavy costs.
- #ExcellentMustRead essay!
Pre- Christmas movies:
- Babette’s Feast ( Best Foreign Film Oscar 1988) – classic favorite
- Casablanca – classic love WWII story (3 Oscars – best picture, screenplay, director 1944)
- Going My Way – 7 Oscars 1944; Oscar for best actors B. Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald #MustSee
- Hail Caesar – picked this up at the library….don’t waste your time!
- Mr. Holmes – great actor Ian Mckellen…..despite this talented thespian the movie was boring!
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