News. 40 years after the revival of Austrian economics – see the special post.
Employment. Past peak climate science employment.
Human rights. The destruction of human rights by the Human Rights movement.
Books. Black comedy. One of the inspirations for Catch 22 was the world war 1 classic The Good Soldier Schweik, who famously said “Anyone can make a mistake, and the more a man thinks about things the more mistakes he’s bound to make”.
Some people think it’s one of the weirdest books ever published. An art book unlike any other art book. A unique and disturbing surreal parody. Grotesque and beautiful. It’s very hard to describe. Codex Seraphinianus by Italian artist Luigi Serafini is a window on a bizarre fantasy world complete with its own unique (unreadable) alphabet and numerous illustrations that borrow from the modern age but veer into the extremely unusual. It was first published in two volumes by Franco Maria Ricci in 1981.
See also Bizarre by Barry Humphries, I purchased a copy from the remainder table at the Tas Uni bookshop circa 1965 (thanks dad!).
This is Barry Humphries from his later Dada days. It’s a collection of everything weird, outlandish, unexpected and literally bizarre. Where else would you find a photograph of a three-legged man and other oddities of nature.
There is no easy way to classify, or even describe, this eclectic collection or anthology of the bizarre. There are pages on sexual topics. There are pages showing the effects of many different ways to mutilate pictures of the Mona Lisa. There is a wealth of detail, with the one theme being the bizarre nature of the contents.
This book is a lot of fun if you have an appreciation of the bizarre. It’s classical Barry Humphries, playfully satirizing the world with its own bizarreness.
Around the town. IPA HEY. The Sydney Institute. Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Liberty on the Rocks, the notice board for the ATA: Quadrant on line, Mannkal Foundation, Centre for Independent Studies.