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Behind Every Brilliant Writer

When British author JG Ballard died in April 2009, I was disappointed by the near-absence of his long-term partner, journalist Claire Walsh, from most obituaries. In this post at feminist blog The Dawn Chorus on 20 April, 2009, I examine the figure of the female ‘muse’.

Free Your Signifier And The Rest Will Follow

This blog post focuses on the wearing of Palestinian headdresses, or keffiyeh, as fashionable neck scarves. It appeared on my fashion research blog, Footpath Zeitgeist, on Thursday 4 May, 2006, and has since been much-linked and cited.

Super Tasty Rooster

It’s possibly Melbourne’s best-named charcoal chicken shop, and I reviewed it for ThreeThousand on 16 October, 2008. When I went back, my review was taped to the bain-marie.


Big vs Lil: A Hip-Hop Journey

This playful mini-essay sizes up hip-hop culture, comparing rappers who call themselves ‘Big’ to those who are ‘Lil’. It appeared in issue seven of Is Not Magazine, “Bigger Is/Not Better”, in March 2007.

Eats, Shoots And Blogs

‘Street style’ has become one of the most popular fashion blogging subgenres. For this feature I interviewed two ‘street’ photographers. It originally appeared in The Sunday Age‘s ‘M’ magazine on Sunday 11 January, 2010.

YEN Revisits The ’90s

From September 2006 to April 2007 I was pop culture editor at bimonthly alt-fashion magazine YEN. Here’s the final front-of-book ‘Caprice’ section I wrote, from the 1990s-themed August-September 2007 issue.

New Connections

In the July 2006 edition of AEU News, I profiled Link Up, an innovative education initiative at Ballarat Secondary College. Later that year, principal Paul Rose and his Link Up team won Victorian Teacher Team of the Year.

Sitdown Not Standup

During the 2006 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, I chatted with Canadian hip-hop comedians the Grafenberg All-Stars. The resulting interview appeared in the inaugural edition of independent comedy street press The Pun.

Putting On The Squeeze

Here I muse on the ‘squeeze’ as a cultural motif with a rich variety of connotations. This post appeared on my personal blog, A Wild Young Under-Whimsy, on Saturday 4 June, 2005.