Campbell Newman wielded his blade to cut down the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards for populism and profit. Yet we suspect the cash-for-cultural-commentary gambit is only growing.
The annual Words of the Year for 2011 (from across the world) include the obvious, the not so, and the downright WTF.
In part two of our chat with prodigious astronomer Bryan Gaensler we marvel at mind-boggling numbers, aliens, creationists and the lamentable lack of women in the field.
Astronomer and Melbourne Writers’ Festival guest Bryan Gaensler speaks to The Enthusiast about Wikipedia research, star-naming and the astronomical speed of information turnover.
In the final part of our conversation with one of our Fantasy Dinner Party attendees, Francis Wheen, we chat about his hither and thither feud with Clive James, September 11, and Tony Blair’s runaway fantasies.
In Part Two of our interview, Brit wit Francis Wheen discusses the last Flat-Earther, Lord Monckton’s “World’s Most Difficult Jigsaw”, the Koran, Mein Kampf, Protocols Of the Elders Of Zion and other difficult books.
In Part One of our expansive conversation with master raconteur Francis Wheen, we chat about a secret botched British military coup and how the internet encourages ludicrous beliefs more than it discourages them.
We interview droll illustrator Oslo Davis about his cartoon collection Overheard, and whether random strangers sometimes provide the wisest life advice.