Friday, 30 January 2009

textual montage on a road trip to Adelaide

huge motherfucking donut; mating trucks; truck-on-truck acti0n; hole in the ground; the cottonball clouds [lee ranaldo]; twenty seconds of blessed rain; silos; Moree; Walgetti Spaghetti; Rubis titties; deep-throating beer; Betel nut;
endless road; taking things too far; ghost town; ghost bitch [sonic youth]; martian landscape; obese mating trucks; worst sausage roll ever; suburbia; dry heat; cyclistas; thanks for the Coopers, Miss Ball; blowing hot air;
solitude; mistake with a corker; cantonese dinner; in Bizarro World, the sun sets into the ocean; covered in fishy water; two beaches in one night; we saw a shooting star; chai latte; already sick of the sun; Norwood to Mawson Lakes; Delfin, baby; it's all about the lake; killer plants; another beach; garlic prawns on rice; Bizarro sunset; cold and windy; watching tennis; sweet farewell;
cycling adventure; huge fucking climb; wheel-sucking the kiddies; a stirling effort, getting lost; accidental vineyard detour; Hahndorf; sausages; beer; Kransky; chilli dog; real coke; cyclistas; a stirling detour; a lofty goal on a Lofty mountain; gorgeous descent; takoyaki; tendrous ribs ramen; best iced tea; river; harcore swan action; university; gardens; killer sausage; bum-burner; sasquatch; beer meet shirt; dessert wine; Sichuan accompaniment; damn sausage; multi-core platinum; sweet farewell;
damn sausage; grey; cheese; the graaaaaapes; tired; damn sausage; early night;
early morning; awesome gorge; sore feet; love that climb; sweetness overload; that last 20km; pizza pizza; beer beer beer; slept through it;
KoM; walk; U-turn; wasabi peas without beer; gutter-trash; lancey the nancy; roll me down; beer beer beer beer; dead kennedies; do it anyway; hasty retreat; sweet sleep;
check-out; aussie names; Motel Adjacent Casino; brilliant; letter to Mike Rann; slow coffee bitch; shady park; elcaro; intense sun; 0.05 - don't drink drive; over it; motherfucker in tree; kransky dog w00t; listen to Mike Rann; fucking love that song; wheels in motion; no CDs; wasabi peas with beer;
james bond; silos, daniel!; strike a pose; bunk bed; three [australian] states of insanity; woombaloomba; dentistry; western freeway; taringa; fare thee well.

Sunday, 11 January 2009

an intricate form of torture

I've just read Haruki Murakami describing cycling as "an intricate form of torture". And I can't help but agree.

I'm in terrible form right now, and signed for the 155km Mutual Community Challenge Tour as part of the Tour Down Under in the Adelaide hills.

It may well kill me.


Friday, 2 January 2009

Murakami, on being alone...

From What I Talk About When I Talk About Running:

It might be a little silly for someone getting to be my age to put this into words, but I just want to make sure I get the facts down clearly: I'm the kind of person who likes to be by himself. To put a finer point on it, I'm the type of person who doesn't find it painful to be alone. I find spending an hour or two every day running alone, not speaking to anyone, as well as four or five hours alone at my desk, to be neither difficult nor boring. I've had this tendency ever since I was young, when, given a choice, I much preferred reading books on my own or concentrating on listening to music over being with someone else. I could always think of things to do by myself.

Even so, after I got married at an early age (I was twenty-two) I gradually got used to living with someone else. After I left college I ran a bar, so I learned the importance of being with others and the obvious point that we can't survive on our own. Gradually, then, though perhaps with my own spin on it, through personal experience I discovered how to be sociable. Looking back on that time now, I can see that during my twenties my worldview changed, and I matured.

Thursday, 1 January 2009

What I read in 2008

In chronological order:
  1. Heaven's Net is Wide - Lian Hearn
  2. The Dirty Beat - Venero Armanno
  3. Jake's Thing - Kingsley Amis
  4. Mortdecai Trilogy - Kyril Bonfiglioli
  5. Pistache - Sebastian Faulks
  6. London Fields - Martin Amis
  7. House of Meetings - Martin Amis
  8. To Live - Yu Hua
  9. No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy
  10. The Second Plane - Martin Amis
  11. You Can't Do Both - Kingsley Amis
  12. Night Train - Martin Amis
  13. Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
  14. Sputnik Sweetheart - Haruki Murakami
  15. Green Man - Kingsley Amis
  16. The Information - Martin Amis
  17. Anti-Grav Unlimited - Duncan Long
  18. From Lance to Landis - David Walsh
  19. The Death of Marco Pantani - Matt Rendell
  20. Everyday Drinking - Kingsley Amis
  21. Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolfe
  22. Amis and Son: Two Literary Generations - Neil Powell
  23. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz