Congo’s incredible history

The success Van Reybrouck achieves here is not only by documenting a wonderful history of the Congo. What makes Congo a masterpiece is the way he weaves it together with the history of the world, bringing to light the enormous importance and influence of a nation that before reading this book, I knew not a single thing about, and the intensity of perspective that even a cursory understanding of Congo’s history can offer us all.

Lessons in Leadership: JFK

A Thousand Days paints a picture of Kennedy the way just one person saw him, but that person describes a lucid decision maker, principled problem solver, and a man deeply interested in international progress. In terms of global leadership, he was certainly not out of his depth. By any interpretation of this recount, it's clear the 35th President provided leadership the world desperately needed in a deeply troubling time.

So, India is coming. What do we do?

There will be drama, suspense, and wild appeals. Kohli will inevitably send a decision upstairs, and we will all bite our nails and wait. A batsman will swing just shy of nicking a dot ball outside off, and we’ll all make that ‘oooooh’ sound in unison. There will be dropped catches, mix-up run-outs, ducks, and run a ball 50s. There will be cricket. David Warner and Steve Smith and that incredibly stupid decision can’t take that away from us. Cricket Australia and its stupid chaos can’t take that away from us. Nobody can take that away from us. So please, if you claim you love cricket, enjoy every ball this summer.

From Here To Eternity: An Intimate Death

Several weeks ago I attended a presentation that my sister had given at the National Gallery of Australia. She had participated in the ArtMed program in 2016 whilst studying medicine. For the program, she had conducted a research project into how death is presented in the artwork of the Sumatran culture and compared it to … Continue reading From Here To Eternity: An Intimate Death

J R: A Humble Cello Piece

None of William Gaddis’s books continue to be published in Australia. I had to order my copies of J R and The Recognitions from the US, ironically paying a premium for these pieces of art because, I suppose, that’s what America’s all about. It is truly tragic that Gaddis, arguably the person responsible for kickstarting … Continue reading J R: A Humble Cello Piece