Transported in Time: Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney

So I'm in Sydney, and it's amazing. Beautiful weather (and what I'm gonna call sublime weather, the day we went out to Botany Bay and watched the swells breaking on the sandstone in front of a stormy sky), lovely people, majestic cockatoos which sound like fishwives, magpies, aggressive little mynahs harassing giant ravens, ibises rooting around everywhere the way we have Canada geese at home, shaggy gum trees, palm trees, hibiscus.And also, there's the Hyde Park Barracks, which was designed … [Read more...]

From “Children of Light”

"How nice Quaaludes are," she said. "The world is possible with art." … [Read more...]

Kitchen adventures: A brownie for the Second Demographic Transition

I may not believe in modern love, but I must confess that I've become a convert to the microwavable brownie in a coffee mug, a.k.a. All the Single Brownies. I've tried this ultra-internet recipe several different ways and am still experimenting to figure out what works the very best, so use the following as a template and go in with the assumption that you'll need several rounds of (delicious) experimentation.I made the batter in a separate bowl and then scraped it into the mug. Many recipes … [Read more...]

“If Only I’d Listened to Virtually Anyone”

...Ouch. Via Ratty. … [Read more...]

Confirming all my suspicions: Oscar Wilde edition

The less you care about the Crucifixion, the less I will gain from your reading of Wilde's writing. Period, comma. (Provoked by this book, which is his dissertation I think and therefore much is forgivable, but also Camille Paglia.) … [Read more...]


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