Stupidly Small Thing

We recorded our first podcast today.

It's small. It's stupidly small. Small enough for your walk to work. Just enough time in which to do the dishes. 

Check it out. You might even like it. It's here and it is very sensible indeed.



Stupidly Big Things

A few quick updates. They're short but they're punchy. Strap in.


1. I am no longer co-presenting The Breakfasters on Melbourne radio station 3RRR. There's an announcement about that here.

2. As a result of this, Stew Farrell and I have decided to base ourselves at our brand new website, Stupidly Big.

3. We're planning a podcast. We're planning a bunch of other things too. You can sign up over at Stupidly Big to be kept in the loop about that.

4. I'm also going to be working on my own projects and writing a bunch of stuff including these words but also some other ones.

5. Expecting a child? You should probably call it Ladies and Gentleman. Bit of a language warning on that one. You're welcome.

Keep in touch.



Here's a good book

Spoke to debut novelist Mark Mulholland this week about his book A Mad and Wonderful Thing. It's about a funny, talented, charming boy who falls in love with a girl while his secret role as an NRA sniper kicks up another gear. It's gripping, and it turns out it is a story with real, chilling connections to Mulholland's life. The interview is here.



Hours of conversation

Months have passed in a blur of interesting conversations, including those hour-long chats I always enjoy when I drop by the Conversation Hour at 774 ABC radio. This year I've met some fascinating people, including some I have long admired. 

Among them the following:

Amy Tan and Ben Pfeiffer. Interview here.

Most amusing, hurtfully talented and extremely cheeky best-selling author Amy Tan. One of those people who lives life to the full and has thorough, thoughtful and considered insight into not only her experiences but her own work. What's more, she is in a HILARIOUS JOKE BAND with Stephen King, Matt Groening and one of my all-time personal heroes, Dave Barry. Amy plays "second tambourine" and is "lead rhythm dominatrix". Of course she is. We are chatting with Ben Pfeiffer. Speaking of hurtfully talented.

This conversation about ethics with Peter Singer and David Nyuole Vincent was a humbling and rewarding one that gave me hope. Funny how hope can come from topics like these.

This conversation about the Melbourne International Film Festival, war, music, and having the winter blues. This was on the Conversation Hour with Glenn Bartholomew, who was struggling heroically with a raspy voice.

An hour is a luxurious amount of time to talk to anybody. I haven't chatted to most of my friends for that long in years. It's a real privilege when the person you're sipping your cup of tea with is as quality as the human beings here.

PS I realise I should brush my hair before I go to these interviews. It never seems as important at the time.


Asylum Seekers

This week, we interviewed Daniel Webb from the Human Rights Law Centre on Breakfasters. He speaks clearly and reasonably about asylum seeker policy and, specifically, what happened in the last couple of weeks both on Manus Island and to the asylum seekers whose private details were posted online by the government.

The interview is here.

More about Daniel Webb and the Human Rights Law Centre here.