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2011 Oscar Commentary

You know how I have a thing for Shaun Tan. So you can imagine how happy I am to find that The Lost Thing (which I posted about mid last year) has been nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 83rd Academy Awards! Granted it is competing with Pixar’s Day & Night (if you […]

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Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks (1994)

“My interest in Islam had everything to do with being a women and zero to do with being a Jew,” thought Geraldine when asked by a Muslim Gaza woman why every time someone comes to research about Islam, they turn out to be Jewish. My interest in Islam has everything to do with growing up […]

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The Anticipated Movies of 2011

Movies based on books that I look forward to this year: (all books have yet to be read!) 1) Cloud Atlas (book by David Mitchell) There isn’t much information on this one yet apart from rumours of impressive cast. Imdb says it’s out in 2011, but knowing how imdb works, don’t really count on it. […]

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A 2010 Wrap-up Meme

from Matt: The first book you read in 2010: Waiting by Ha Jin The last book you finished in 2010: Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks Your favorite “classic” you read in 2010: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll The book series you read the most volumes of in 2010: Bone by Jeff […]

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Can’t Let the New Year Go By Without A Set of Plans for 2011

QVB, Melbourne (Can never resist to take a jumping picture when met with big open field) As much as goals are meant to be abandoned, I can’t help setting myself a few reading plans for this year and see how far I will drift away at the end of the year. But first thing first, […]

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I Spent My New Year in a Tow Truck (Plus 2010 In Review)

Yes I spent a good portion of my new year’s eve on the side of the road, in the middle of nowhere, about an hour from Melbourne. It was the hottest day of the summer of 39C and our car gave up (or blew up–I saw smoke). While waiting for the tow truck we were […]