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mspixieears

mspixieears

Joined April 2016

Writer, reader, drinker, eater; cat lover extraordinaire in Melbourne, Australia.
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finished a book! have totally lost my reading mojo this year.

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Paper Girls Vol. 6 | Brian K. Vaughan
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It‘s over :(

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Still not digging this, but trying to finish it anyway for a student I mentor. I‘ll make him read two more chapters and I think he‘ll start enjoying it after?

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Stormbreaker | Anthony Horowitz
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Reading for work, for one of the kids I mentor, and not loving it but he seemed to enjoy it so I‘m determined to finish it by next time I see him.

LibrarianRyan I felt the same way about this book. 1mo
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Subtraction | Fiona Hile

Wander in the night with a bag full of falling. Elsewhere,
be abandoned, left *immobile in the dark*. Reconstruct yourself
as the indefinite article of an unanticipated need for tissue.

from ‘For Love Alone‘

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Subtraction | Fiona Hile

Slicing the guts out of your surname,
all that‘s left of lineage is consent.

from ‘Misdirection‘

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from ‘This one goes out to all the CC Babcocks of the world‘

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It‘s like being broken up with because long-distance isn‘t working
And then coming home to be broken up with again for…
other reasons

from ‘Times when life is kind like that song ‘Ironic‘ by Alanis Morissette: not literally ironic but inconvenient, fucked, or borderline cruel‘

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It‘s like being a woman and having your word-use questioned
And when men use words wrong they are called Jonathan Franzen

from ‘Times when life is kind like that song ‘Ironic‘ by Alanis Morissette: not literally ironic but inconvenient, fucked, or borderline cruel‘

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False Claims of Colonial Thieves | John Kinsella, Charmaine Papertalk-Green

‪To soothe the hurt and pain down generations ‬
‪A gentle whisper from the past‬
‪Visits me in my dreams‬
‪Or is it the future that I see‬
‪Why are we still invisible?‬

‪from ‘Epilogue‘ by JK & CPG‬

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False Claims of Colonial Thieves | John Kinsella, Charmaine Papertalk-Green

‪Refuse to hit your head for sadness‬
‪Refuse to draw head blood for grief‬
‪Refuse to consider death of our land‬

‪from ‘Epilogue‘ by Charmaine Papertalk Green & John Kinsella‬

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Lunch Poems | Frank O'Hara

you are of me, that‘s what
and that‘s the meaning of fertility
hard and moist and moaning

from ‘Cornkind‘

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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer

His brain sits before its cash register again, charging him for old shames as if he has not paid before.

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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer

How heartening it is to watch him speak; how disconcerting, however, to listen.

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Goldie Vance Vol. 2 | Hope Larson
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Absolutely loving that I‘m reading this for a creative writing student I mentor. It just doesn‘t feel like work, and she was so excited to read this next volume.

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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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So far, so hilarious, and only one chapter in. I can‘t wait to get my copy signed tomorrow!

CarolynM I loved this one. 7mo
mspixieears @CarolynM the author in conversation last night was so good! he‘s so funny personable. 7mo
CarolynM Glad you enjoyed it🙂 7mo
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Not sure how I feel about this: I‘d like to think that now that society acknowledges the options outside heteronormativity and monogamy, this may no longer be the case?

Lauredhel I agree that we need to shake off the compulsory versions of both. And I think that friendship -love can be achieved within monogamy also. Where there is true trust and respect, fear and jealousy cannot take hold. 7mo
CarolynM I think this is nonsense. Many great loves are founded on friendship. And I agree with @Lauredhel 's point. 7mo
mspixieears @Lauredhel @carolynm oh! absolutely! As a queer person, my friendships with other queers are so special, sustaining and nourishing, and they feel just as important as romantic relationships. Especially as a romantic partner can‘t be everything to a single person, it just seems like so much to ask a person in your life to do? (short version: in agreement with you both) 7mo
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Ignorance is a frail base for virtue!
p133

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Sigh, not bloody fair. In some ways, not much has changed (speaking as a woman of colour).

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Unbelievable.

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Please let me finish this before I die, I‘ve read bits and pieces of it as an undergrad and really want to get through the whole thing! Fance, as ever, faithful reading companion.

Suet624 👏🏼👏🏼😂😂 you can do it! 7mo
mspixieears @Suet624 thank you! I‘m determined to :) 7mo
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Les Fleurs Du Mal | Charles P Baudelaire
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I‘m never going to finish this, honestly, but I bloody well have been trying for years! (ouais, en français!)

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Calling a Wolf a Wolf | Kaveh Akbar
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Interesting, given I‘m personally struggling a lot with having no appetite and not sure what to do about it.

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Another kid I tutor is finding it harder to be interested in the creative writing process so I‘m going to set him time to read Eragon in the hope of engaging or encouraging more enthusiasm.

LibrarianRyan Great book. Might help to tell him the author wrote it when he was 15. I found that worked with some of my kiddos. 8mo
mspixieears @LibrarianRyan I told a colleague and she was amazed! I think he‘s enjoying it so we‘ll continue reading it. 8mo
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Goldie Vance Vol. 1 | Hope Larson
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I decided to allocate a student I tutor some reading time for this comic series and she loved it! She‘s already asking for the next volume, heck yeah!

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Calling a Wolf a Wolf | Kaveh Akbar
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Not doing so well with not starting new books when I have a few others to finish but it‘s been a while since I read poetry, and it‘s my soul‘s home.

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Got my signed last night at the talk the author gave in Melbourne!

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Jonny Appleseed | Joshua Whitehead
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A dear mate overseas in Canada got this for me as a birthday present and I can‘t wait to start it!

Both of us are aware of similarities in the way Indigenous folks across Commonwealth countries are treated (I‘m based in Australia) so I know it‘ll be a hard but essential read. Everyday it blows my mind to think that Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are one of the oldest living cultures in the world.

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Shahni Wellington‘s story - nearly finished this book, which is as joyful as it is harrowing, and only starting to get a glimpse into how not knowing one‘s language and totem must feel like having a part of you missing, that you long for always.

Everyone in Australia needs to read this book.

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Milk Teeth | Rae White
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Identify with this poem so much at the moment…it‘s almost creepy in that mind-read kind of way!

So far, this collection is brilliant.

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Milk Teeth | Rae White

intro poem extract ‘vague‘ by Allison Gallagher

i‘m tired of feeling broken by language
when it is the only safe place i‘ve ever known

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Giant Days Vol. 4 | John Allison
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Decided to read this instead of watching fluff on Netflix or Stan before bed and it‘s been pretty funny so far.

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Blitzed through first 100 pages of this yesterday, this needs to be required reading, honestly.

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Eyes Too Dry: A Graphic Memoir about Heavy Feelings | Alice Chipkin, Jessica Tavassoli
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This book is amazing and, as someone with a chronic mental health condition who‘s never had the emotional support of the friendship the characters in this graphic memoir have…this panel really hurts (that‘s not the creators‘ fault btw - they‘re telling *their* story which is valid like all our stories are). I just can‘t survive without medication and found out the hard way trying to quit cold turkey once. In fact, I need two daily.

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Walk Back Over | Jeanine Leane
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So Australia has this relationship with history where it treats its first nations peoples horribly. I don‘t attend public protests due to mental health stuff so my own #invasionday protest is to dedicate the day reading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander work. Here‘s this year‘s - fabulous, bone-cutting poetry interspersed with history and survival.

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Hemming the Water | Yona Harvey
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The way Yona Harvey inscribes ‘blue‘ has so far been breathtaking.

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I am determined to finish this before the year does! My head is so out-of-practise with cultural theory/crit but I know it‘ll enhance my creative practice (it already has). Also worth reading if you‘re a film/AV media nerd.

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White privilege is an obscene thing. It takes everything, quietly, until there is only silence left. Then it takes that too and fills it with noise.

(quoted from Tunde Wey & John T. Edge, Oxford American) p 407

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There are no heroes here, just varying levels of power and responsibility.

p 384, re. British, English and Irish history and oppression and how it relates to African-American history.

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Ms. Marvel Vol. 4: Last Days | Marvel Comics, G Willow Wilson
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A day off and finally getting to read for fun for first time in months. Of course, my cat is in on the fun and keeps sitting on me or wanting hugs #bestrescuecatever

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and then there was music. It‘s not an exaggeration to say that art and creativity saves lives, or that it saves us when food can‘t, in ways that food can‘t quite.

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A heartbreaking reflection on slavery and surviving the trip to America from the African continent:

Maybe smallpox was a mercy compared with what was to follow. There is no place else to go but down when you are already in hell.

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All across the African diaspora in the Americas, there is a ritual of going to places where the sea meets the land. In these spaces homage is paid by the descendants of those who survived long enough to cross the water and make new lives — and create new life.

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Going to try a thing for Black History Month where I priorise authors with any African heritage or Indigenous Australian authors (Blak).
Been looking forward to reading this for ages and only reading for pleasure before bed :)

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Been forgetting to read for pleasure lately, so catching up on comics.

visual descriptor: pink and white book with glossy cover and four colourful women on various musical instruments on brown bedspread next to brindle-fur coloured cat.

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The Hate Race | Maxine Beneba Clarke
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Told you the other sock says ‘books‘! Smashed through first few chapters of this on plane from Melb to Bris (2hrs)

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Rallying | Quinn Eades
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Saw Quinn Eades for Melbourne‘s Emerging Writers‘ Festival and decided I had to read their work as research for my own (btw my other sock says ‘books‘)

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Peony | Eileen Chong
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There was an amazing poem in this collection called ‘Freeman‘s Lobotomy‘ which also came with an inadvertent history lesson on the first lobotomies.

(not the best photo as it‘s from my laptop screen, but still, it‘s breath-snatchingly good)

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Painting Red Orchids | Eileen Chong
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I also love Eavan Boland! as well as cats and poetry, and often muse, as a child migrant, to parents who emigrated to where I was born, on where home really is.