interregnum

joanne harris

 

 

 

sometimes

reading-with-upper-arm-against-ear

and-lower-arm-curved-over-head

hand-hanging-freely

feels-as-comfortable-and-balanced

as-is-placing-elbow-on-table

and-resting-chin

in-the-cup-of-one's-hand

 

 

1 ...heat was suffocating. Joséphine was driving, I sat beside her. And Trail of the Snake, swollen and dog-eared, was relegated to the back seat. I had not dared lay a finger on it since morning, Joséphine having decided that my passion for the exotic saga masked a lack of interest in her.

 

2 ...almost a direct copy of a German postwar doll named Lilli, which was sold as a pornographic plaything for men. The original Barbie was an unsmiling doll with downcast eyes and a slightly removed sexuality... (Although Barbie was originally a teenager, the company is now decidedly vague on the question of age. Her various careers, including astronaut, doctor and, in 1994, presidential candidate, suggest she is much older.)

 

3 ...lead a secret life of vice with females running a sophisticated "prostitution racket", it has been revealed. Scientists on Ross Island, 1287km from the South Pole, have described how they watched male penguins pay for sex with stones.

 

4 ...was completely drawn to him and I think in love with him. That day I lost control. When he came back he hated me and I really felt rejected, but at the same time it's better than in real love, because all this was completely fake.

 

5 ...as sex ceases to be merely a matter of reproduction, it is free to serve other purposes, aesthetic and sensual. The same is true of food when it ceases to be merely a matter of sustenance, so the connection between erotic and gastronomic discourse is by no means coincidental. The challenge to them both is to free themselves from the pornographic imperative to turn experience into saleable commodity.

 

6 ...in the US own an average of eight dolls, compared with six in Italy and Australia, and five in France and Germany.

 

7 ...in their way. Whenever loneliness sets in, or nostalgia, or even insecurity of some kind or another, I will look at these several objects, and often I can find something that will work a little sorcery on me and make me feel the deeper rhythms or balances of my life.

 

8 ...and a Texan sharing our experience, we gazed in what we took to be respectful silence. Then, out of the blue, the Texan said with his long and commanding drawl, "You know they left us nothing!". "Pardon?" said the ranger. "The Aboriginals - left us nothin' - 40,000 years, no buildings, no tools, no food, nothin'." We thought he was joking...

 

9 ...Prosecution's daughter and her boyfriend appeared in a Perth court yesterday charged with stealing five cigarettes from a woman at knife point... McKechnie [21], the daughter of DPP John McKechnie, QC, was granted $10,000 bail, and Pickford [19] was remanded in custody, to appear...

 

10 ...by compassionate humility, decency and a genuine liking of humanity... truly great leaders are not motivated by politics and they do not instil fear in the people around them. There is a degree of humility. They always leave you feeling valued, as if they have listened carefully to what you said. They are curious and genuinely interested in learning.

 

11 ...by the likes of London superchef Marco Pierre White, top chefs are volcanic prima donnas. Alexander denies this in her case. "I don't have tantrums," she says. "And I no longer have fights with people over how they want their meat cooked: I felt more strongly about it in the earlier days." Melbourne chef Geoff Lindsay, who worked with Alexander from 1987 to 1993, says she was not a kitchen tyrant. "She commanded immense respect, so she didn't have to yell,".

 

12 ...leadership also evokes negative reactions from many avowed feminists because of its association with power. The relative absence of either power or leadership in feminist discussions, writings and political claims is noticeable and notable. I went through my not inconsiderable library, using the indexes to look for the terms leadership or power. Within most of the feminist publications there were few entries for those words and often none at all, even when the topics were ostensibly political.

 

13 E S A R I N T U L O M D P C F B V H G J Q Z Y X K W... More than an alphabet, it is a hit parade in which each letter is placed according to the frequency of its use in the French language... It is a simple enough system. You read off the alphabet (ESA version, not ABC) until with a blink of my eye I stop you at the letter to be noted.

 

14 Career no longer king

 

15 ... books always speak of other books, and every story tells a story that has already been told. Homer knew this, and Ariosto knew this, not to mention Rabelais...

 

16 ...fog of her breath streaming out of her mouth and billowing over her nose and cheeks. 'Ishmael,' she said. 'I'm grateful.' 'Look,' he replied. 'When you're old and thinking back on things, I hope you'll remember me just a little. I -' 'Yes,' said Hatsu. 'I will.' She moved closer then, and with her hands still buried deep in her pockets kissed him so softly it was like a whisper against his cheekbone.

 

17 ...tend not to remember things I've read in books. So I can't give you Béla Balázs's exact words, but they affected me profoundly all the same. He talks about the ability (and the responsibility) of cinema 'to show things as they are'. And he says cinema can 'rescue the existence of things'. That's precisely it. I have another quote, from Cézanne, where he says: 'Things are disappearing. if you want to see anything, you have to hurry.

 

18 Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed

 

19 ...fashionable Parisian intellectual these days about feminism or feminist theory-;let alone, heaven help you, "new French feminisms"-and you will meet with a pitying stare. "My dear, where have you been? Don't you know that no one does that anymore?" Nothing is more embarrassing, to a fashionable Parisian intellectual, than to be caught quoting last season's watchwords. Feminism, like Marxism, structuralism post structuralism (or like the narrow striped tie?), is definitely passé. No one-that is, no one fashionable, no one dans le vent, in the wind, knowing which way the wind blows-"does" it anymore.

 

20 ...most important qualities for a writer of any kind of criticism is ingratitutde. It is probably just as important as a thorough knowledge of the subject. To know about art, but to feel an obligation to all around you would be a terrible fate for a critic. I have come to learn a great deal about ingratitude, and do my best to foster it.

 

21 ...it's mostly drinking and parties and the surf bum lifestyle where you don't work, it's more passive," Phillips continues. "Skaters are more aggresive. They have to fight to find places to skate, when they go out skating it's almost like they're going to war".

 

 

1 p. 69, Jean-Dominique Bauby, 1997, 'Our very own Madonna', The Diving­Bell and the Butterfly, translated by Jeremy Leggatt, Fourth Estate, London

2 p. 7, Richard Heft, 1997, 'Not just a dumb blonde', The Weekend Australian (Review), December 27-28

3 p. 5, 'Penguin 'prostitutes' exposed', The Advertiser, 28/2/98

4 p. 40, Adrian Searle (ed.), 1993, 'Sophie Calle in conversation with Bice Curiger' in Talking Art 1, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

5 p. 72, Alan Saunders, 'Rude Food', in Katharine Brisbane (ed.), Critical Perspectives, 1997, Currency Press, Australia

6 Heft, ibid.

7 p. 342, Bradford Morrow, 1996, Trinity Fields, Flamingo, Great Britain

8 p. 25, Fabian Dattner, 1996, Naked Truth: An Open Letter to the Australian Working Community, Woodslane Press, Australia,

9 p. 26, 'Daughter charged', The Advertiser, 28/2/98

10 pp. 7 & 93, Dattner, ibid.

11 pp. 2-3, Richard Yallop, 1997, 'The last supper' The Weekend Australian (Review), December 27-28

12 pp. 17-18, Eva Cox, 1996, Leading Women: Tactics for Making the Difference, Random House, Australia,

13 p. 28, Bauby, ibid.

14 p. 1, 'Employment' (liftout), The Advertiser, 28/2/98

15 p. 20, Umberto Eco, 1983, Reflections on the Name of the Rose, translated from the Italian by William Weaver, Random House

16 p. 392, David Guterson, 1995, Snow Falling on Cedars, Bloomsbury, London

17 p. 1, Wim Wenders, 1991, The Logic of Images, translated by Michael Hofmann, Faber and Faber, London

18 p. 93, The Advertiser, 3/3/98

19 p. 1, Susan Rubin Suleiman, 1991, 'Writing past the wall', in Coming to Writing and Other Essays, Harvard University Press, London

20 p. 158, Joanna Mendelssohn, 1997, 'An accidental art critic' in Katharine Brisbane (ed.), Critical Perspectives, 1997, Currency Press, Australia

21 p. 12, Patrick Burgoyne, Jeremy Leslie, 1997, Bored, Laurence King Publishing, London







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