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’.
In 2004, hip-hop production duo the Neptunes ruled the pop charts, and this feature explores their history and their signature sound. It appeared in The Age on Saturday, 15 May, 2004.
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.
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.
This review of Annalee Newitz’s book Pretend We’re Dead: Capitalist Monsters In American Pop Culture appeared in issue 124 of the academic journal Media International Australia in August 2007.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.