Without a Hitch

I picked up this hardback edition of Hitch-22, the memoirs of the late Christopher Hitchens (political journalist, literary critic, essayist, atheist) in a Salvation Army store ...   ... second-hand but in such near mint condition it seemed no-one had previously turned its pages, which is a surprise, because I found it to be very entertaining.   During a 2010 Australian ABC … Continue reading Without a Hitch

Underwood, Under the Pines

The Peter Cowan Writers Centre is situated in a picturesque lakeside setting, on the campus of Edith Cowan University,  Joondalup, Western Australia ... ... and was once the home of Edith Dircksey Cowan(1861 – 1932) OBE, a social campaigner, philanthropist, and the first woman elected to an Australian parliament.    "The New 'House' Wife. An unflattering, if lighthearted, … Continue reading Underwood, Under the Pines

Hum on Rye

IBM Selectric by Charles Bukowskihumming,it will do almost anything youask it to do.hummingbeneath its smooth gray paintthe machineknows.even death stands back andasks, "what the hell isthis?"humming,it astonishes the walls, thewindows, the cats, the ashtray,the wooden Buddha andme.this machine can save my life.this machine *has* saved mylife.this machine can create a womanmore beautiful thanany you have … Continue reading Hum on Rye