Beautiful Blank Books

I watch an MTV show called Catfish. I first saw the original documentary in 2010 with a group of friends in Newtown, Sydney. Back then, I thought the story was interesting and eerie and really liked the main characters. I did not think too much more about it. Since being back in Australia on holiday…

Spaces of freedom in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Originally posted on jake threadgould:
Spaces I was sat on a large wicker chair in the rooftop café at my hotel in Shiraz where, in keeping with the Shirazi tradition, a group of guys next to me were reciting poetry. The scented smoke of a bubbling qaylan pipe twisted and turned on the blue tarpaulin…

Land of Policies, Police And Power Trips

I have been back in Australia less than 24 hours and have somehow already summoned the Federal Police. This morning I got up at 6:30am, put on my new silver shorts, white tee, island shells… Packed my leather backpack full of silk clothes and a stack of brochures for The Beachouse. Today. Byron Bay. Gypsy…

The American Dream … The Pacific Nightmare …

Last week my father and I were having breakfast together. We usually eat with the backpackers at our family’s resort and say good-morning to the staff as they meander on in. All smiles and stories and many a minute late. We have one staff member, our handy-man, who has an extremely socially tricky name. His…