• The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
  • The Tragedy of Julius Caesar (William Shakespeare)
  • Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck)
  • 1984 (George Orwell)
  • Romulus, My Father (Raimond Gaita)
  • Maestro (Peter Goldsworthy)
  • The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
  • The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
  • The Tempest (William Shakespeare)
  • There But For The (Ali Smith)
  • The Secrets of the Chess Machine (Robert Löhr)
may 8 2014 ∞
jan 18 2015 +
  • Busk (busk for a cause, share a message, raise awareness of certain issues)
  • Create a public Twitter account
  • Launch a program/series of events in Blacktown that explore refugees and the facts around seeking asylum
  • Make a YouTube account and upload covers
  • Practice saxophone more diligently and learn some full songs
  • Start a public blog
  • Volunteer as an English language tutor for refugees and migrants
  • Write (doesn't matter what, just write)
jun 14 2013 ∞
jul 22 2013 +
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (Karen Joy Fowler)
  • Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain)
  • Lost for Words (Edward St Aubyn)
  • Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
  • An Artist of the Floating World (Kazuo Ishiguro)
  • W;t (Margaret Edson)
  • House of the Spirits (Isabel Allende)
jan 18 2015 ∞
mar 1 2015 +

Some ideas that I spend a lot of time thinking about. If you want to discuss these with me, I will invite you out for coffee and love you forever.

  • How language constructs reality. Are we simply describing the world with language or are we defining it into existence?
  • Performative alternatives to war
  • The way we learn and unlearn. Education vs learning. How do people develop deep set ideas, values and beliefs?
  • Memory, nostalgia and time. How trauma is mediated by memory. Making up for the past.
  • Community building and forms of societies. What is utopian society? Is utopia even desirable? What systems make for a fair, creative, intelligent, caring and stimulating society? What motivates us as humans to engage with society?
  • Understanding God and how he fits into a grand narrative which is ultimately a per...
jun 14 2013 ∞
feb 4 2014 +
  • “A deserted library in the morning - there's something about it that really gets to me. All possible words and ideas are there, resting peacefully.” (Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore)
  • "I couldn’t forgive him or like him, but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified. It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made." (F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby)
  • "I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others--young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of night and life." (F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby)
feb 27 2013 ∞
nov 1 2014 +
  • “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” (The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald)
  • "Can I know that mine was a foolish, innocent world, a world of delusion and feeling and ridiculous dreams - a world of music - and still love it? Endlessly, effortlessly." (Maestro, Peter Goldsworthy)
  • Pi Patel: "So tell me, since it makes no factual difference to you and you can't prove the question either way, which story do you prefer? Which is the better story, the story with animals or the story without animals?" Mr. Okamoto: "That's an interesting question..." Mr. Chiba: "The story with animals." Mr. Okamoto: "Yes. The story with animals is the better story." Pi Patel: "Thank you. And so it goes with God." (Life of Pi, Yann Martel)
  • "It was only a smile, nothing more. It di...
mar 2 2013 ∞
aug 7 2014 +
  • Anne
  • Audrey
  • Carmelle
  • Chloe
  • Claire
  • Elizabeth
  • Emelia
  • Elle
  • Eva
  • Jessica
  • Laura
  • Louisa
  • Nicolette
  • Olivia
  • Stephanie
  • Victoria
  • Vivienne
feb 27 2013 ∞
jan 16 2014 +