Category Archives: Books and writing

The moon is a harsh mistress – review

Tyler Cowen has a review of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.  That reminded me that I wrote a review of that excellent book some years ago for the 100 Great Books of Liberty. ***~*** Science fiction has an unfortunate reputation.  … Continue reading

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Poetry evening in Sydney 25th

The Lindt Cafe An elegy and other poems by Alastair Spate 8pm October 25 Willoughby Hotel 315 Penshurst St Willoughby Plus: – Lyric poems by program and by demand – An Anglo-Celtic exclusive! Earliest English poem not heard since 732AD! … Continue reading

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Children’s books

Two children’s-book related stories here. The first School librarian rejects Melania Trump’s donation of ‘racist propaganda’ (aka Dr. Seuss books). Earlier this month, the first lady sent out collections of 10 Dr. Seuss books to one school in each state … Continue reading

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Is there a bigger pack of fools anywhere on the planet?

And here I am referring to virtually the whole of the entertainment industry. Television’s glittering Emmys placed politics front and center on Sunday, lavishing “The Handmaid’s Tale” with awards for its bleak portrait of an authoritarian America. The glitzy ceremony … Continue reading

Posted in Books and writing, Media, Politics of the Left | 33 Comments

What really happened

Hillary has just released her campaign memoir, What Happened, in which she blames everyone under the sun for her loss. For myself, I have never been in much doubt about the mechanics about what went wrong for her. There is … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Books and writing | 28 Comments

WW2 code breakers

I don’t want to abort the discussion but I am advised that PR for this publication is premature so I will regretfully delete the details. Will come back when it fits with the plans of the publisher and the author … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Books and writing, Rafe | 43 Comments

Bob Dylan’s Nobel lecture

Here is some of the text via the BBC. This excerpt is about books he read when young whose influence has remained with him to this day. “Specific books that have stuck with me ever since I read them way … Continue reading

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Melbourne book launch today at 12:00 noon

Aside from hearing me discuss The Art of the Impossible, the only book published in Australia about the most important American election of our times, you can also listen to Andrew Bolt discussing Donald Trump and the American election while … Continue reading

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On climate change Trump has form

On “climate change” and much else, I have never understood the reluctance to support Trump from people who declare themselves on the right. So on climate change, let me point out that Trump has form. This was my post on … Continue reading

Posted in Books and writing, Global warming and climate change policy | 7 Comments

June 6th is D(-for Donald) Day when Andrew Bolt will launch The Art of the Impossible in Melbourne

A reminder: Andrew Bolt has very kindly agreed to launch my book, The Art of the Impossible, in Melbourne on June 6. The details of when and where are found both here and below. Andrew and I are both bloggers … Continue reading

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