World Book Day (Let’s Read Trash)!

trashy books

Kirk: Nobody pays any attention to you unless you swear every other word. You'll find it in all the literature of the period.Spock: For example?Kirk: Oh, the complete works of Jacqueline Susann, the novels of Harold Robbins....Spock: Ah... The giants. Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home I couldn't let this day pass without comment. I'll read pretty much anything. ANYTHING. Anything that might spark some inspiration, make me laugh, let me get through hours of waiting in transit... I'll give it … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Marisha Pessl In Conversation With Jamie Lee Curtis

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Reading For Today – Marwa Berro: Between a Veil and a Dark Place

Marwa Berro: Between a Veil and a Dark Place: What it is like to be a Muslim woman, and why we know what freedom is (and you may not): I can say these things now. I never could before. We never could, before. So many of us cannot, still. This way of living–having to regulate and hide our personalities, our humanity–the tone of our voices, their volume and timbre, the manner in which we sit or stand or walk or speak, whether and when we can leave our homes, how and when we speak to … [Read more...]

Adventures At The Perth Writers Festival – Sunday #PWF #PerthFest

I'm away for much of next week, so here's the last blogpost for a while - there should be podcast episodes very soon, however, for both Token Skeptic and 365 Days of Philosophy. Until then - enjoy some of the photos from the Perth Writers festival, taken this morning. [View the story "Adventures At The Perth Writers Festival - Sunday #PWF #PerthFest" on Storify] … [Read more...]

What’s In My Bag (UWA Open Day And Start Of Perth Writers Festival Edition)?

It's been a time where I honestly don't care about anything to do with atheism, skepticism, -isms of any kind and whether there's fraught-ness and fighting - because I've been merrily busy! Step one - empty out bag for cleaning.  It's a mess. There's even an uneaten pear sitting in the middle; I'll have that for breakfast tomorrow morning. Top centre - My pink converse shoes, which happened to match the scarf worn by Margaret Atwood - I think she was bemused. A hair decoration, black … [Read more...]

My 2012 Reading And Viewing (And Event-Going) In Review

Currently on a break - back on Thursday. Here's something I blogged before I left. Penn Jillette used to do this all the time when he kept a blog, and I used to find it interesting. I don't know if you'll find my reading and viewing (and conference-attending) habits interesting, but I've kept a quasi-regular log in the back of my diaries throughout the decades and this year is no exception. This is the first time I've typed one out, however. I haven't included books or films or documentaries … [Read more...]

Robert Siegel Interviews Salman Rushdie Video – Joseph Anton At Centre For Inquiry, Washington

Author Salman Rushdie discusses his memoir, Joseph Anton, in which he discussed his ten years spent in hiding as a result of the fatwa issued against him by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989 for his authorship of the novel, The Satanic Verses. It's a great book - took it with me to Adelaide and it distracted me wonderfully during airplane turbulence ... which is high praise from me, I hate turbulence. The one-hour, nineteen minutes video isn't embeddable, so just click on through: … [Read more...]

Packing For ScienceRewired (What Books To Take?) #SRW12

Quick! New Token Skeptic Podcast episode now out! Episode One Hundred And Forty – On Great Skepticism – With Pat Linse And Donald Prothero! I've just discovered a book or two that I left in the suitcase from the time I went to Berlin. So, I decided to round up a few of the other usual suspects that I take with me to conferences or while travelling here and there. I should point out that no, I don't have an ebook reader, but I have been really enjoying re-reading Faitheist on my laptop... … [Read more...]

The Fatwa – Salman Rushdie – BBC Documentary

Currently on tour in the USA; latest book currently sitting next to my bathtub after I cycled out for the day and got a very good weights workout carrying a copy of "Joseph Anton" back home. Here's the BBC documentary that I watched earlier in the year, that I highly recommend. There's also subtitles in the YouTube version if you want to click over. Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses, tells for the first time the inside story of how it felt to be condemned to death by the … [Read more...]

18,100 Miles In The Air, With 438 Pages To Read

I'm on the road again. Since I just finished a few days at the Perth Writers Festival (and I promise to blog about how great it was catching up with authors Alom Shaha, Leslie Cannold and Jane Caro - by the way, get their books), what to pack for the plane trip to Sydney and Melbourne (and back again) is on my mind. This is a revised post from a few years back. Many of the recommendations still hold, although for this trip I have packed Anna Funder's Stasiland: True Stories From Behind the … [Read more...]