I love a man who packs a unitard in his panniers. Tom Doig is a very funny man. If you want to know what that unitard was doing in his panniers (and the more I write that, the more suggestive it sounds), you'll need to read his hilarious debut book, Moron to Moron: Two Men, Two Bikes, One Mongolian Misadventure. I'm launching it on 27 May in Sydney at 107 Projects (107 Redfern Street), 6-7:30 pm. All welcome. And do check out his website: http:/www.moron2moron.com/
'Jaivin's writing shines and burns.' (Sunday Age)
'L'écriture fout la merde à tous les niveaux... enfin et surtout à la fatuité des conversations qui feront suite à leur lecture ou à leur non-lecture.'
- Amelie Nothomb, Hygiene de l'Assasin
“Some of the scenes described actually turned me on.” Times Literary Supplement - Eat Me
Podcast - That's Beijing (and this is fun)
When I was in Beijing in March, I recorded That's Beijing's first podcast along with the highly amusing Brendan O'Kane and the delightful editors of the magazine, Robert Foyle Hunwick and James Tiscione. We talk about subtitling and translation, with a few digressions to pigs in the water supply, Ai Weiwei's move to heavy metal and more. Lots of laughs, and there's (for me) an embarrassing quiz at the end:
It's been a long time between blogs. A belated happy new year to you all.
The title of the blog isn't, sadly (or not), the title of one of my new erotic fictions but one of Australia's fastest-moving serpents. It's also what 2013 already feels like. I began the year in Bangkok, clinking glasses of Australian bubbly with film director Wong Kar Wai and crew. His film The Grandmaster was in post-production there and I was working on the subtitles. Then I had about a month at home in Sydney, working on my next novel and a few other creative projects, and then three short trips - one to Hobart to catch the Theatre of the World exhibition at the incomparable Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), then to Western Australia in search of the wreck of the Batavia for Good Weekend magazine and finally to Canberra for a planning meeting for the Australian Centre on China in the World's next China Yearbook. I've been home for a few days and leave again tomorrow, this time for Beijing and Shanghai, where I'll be attending the literary festivals at Capital M in Beijing and M on the Bund in Shanghai, catching up with old friends and re-visiting a palace or two, always a nice thing to do when the cold keeps away all but the most intrepid of tourists.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy and generally excellent Year of the Snake,
(What more could you asp for?)
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