Cool Stuff Sunday

The bloody Oscar nominations are out and I am SO HAPPY because Tanna has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film! I’m also stoked for Land of Mine, a Scandinavian film on the clearing of landmines from the coastlines of Europe after the second World War, and the fact that Arrival (a genre film) has been given a nod for Best Feature. Literally cried that Lin-Manuel Miranda has the chance to become the youngest EGOT recipient ever for his track How Far I’ll Go from the Moana soundtrack, and that Lion–an Australian film!–has been recognised across multiple categories. Speaking of Lion, are you wondering why Dev Patel has been relegated to the Best Supporting Actor nominee when he is clearly a lead? Take a look at this piece by Stephen A Russell for SBS on the push for a new category to recognise the contribution of stellar casts

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I grew up listening to a pretty eclectic collection of music thanks to my punk Dad and my hippie Mum. Van Morrison was on frequent rotation, and I know that my mum will weep desperately when he stops making music (ie dies because he’ll never stop tbh). Anyway, BBCRadio ran a program last week on the influence of Van’s incredible career, and it is magic (Glen Hansard is my foreverking and I never tire of his rendition of Into The Mystic). If you’re a Brown Eyed Girl like me, catch it before the link expires on February 20!

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Adaptations are swell when they’re done right. But with such a wealth of top-notch literature coming out of Australia, why aren’t we (or any other filmmaking country for that matter) optioning more of it for screen? Mark Poole looked into this over at The Guardian back in 2014, but it’s just as relevant today.

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Anne Gracie is by far one of my favourite romance writers, and all-round excellent human being. Over on her blog, she’s got tips on procrastination, beating perfectionism and getting on with your writing. Thanks Anne!

Cool Stuff Sunday

Okay so I’m gonna caveat this link with the statement that some of the opinions in this article about self-publishing in order to live as a veritable nomad are laughable (traditional publishing is not dying, you utter bellend), BUT, I read this and felt semi-inspired to get back into my writing projects, so thought I’d share.

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On that, are you looking for more opportunities to spend some time focused on your writing projects? Aerogramme Writers Studio have collated this maaaaaaassive list of writing residencies and fellowships in 2017 from around the globe. BRB, applying for all the things.

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YouTube came the fuck through for me with this UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLE Hollywood Reporter roundtable with two of my husbands, Donald Glover and Lin-Manuel Miranda, PLUS Damien Chazelle (of Whiplash and La La Land directorial fame), fierce kween Issa Rae (*dies*) and everyone’s favourite dad, Jon Favreau. Holy HECK this was the best hour of my week BY FAR.

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And lastly for today, over on Junkee, Rebecca Varcoe takes a look at the disparity of experience in the arts. So much of this rings true, but, I don’t know what’s next. Lots to ponder.

Cool Stuff Sunday: New Years edition

Holy shit guys, we’ve finally made it! Good-fucking-bye to you, 2016; see you in the seventh circle of hell!

New year, new stuff. Have a bunch of great ways to kick off your 2017.

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Make sure you’re practicing some self-care this year. We’ve all had a shithouse time of it for the last 365 days, so pull your socks up and employ some of these tips to look after yourselves, babes ❤

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Something that wasn’t shit about 2016 was the amount of incredible literature published. The Guardian asked some of Australia’s best-loved authors for their tops picks from 2016.

On the topic of “best of 2016” lists: the 50 best podcasts, and the 10 worst movies!

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Make a resolution to get off your butt and get healthy this year? I probably did. Find your new running track in Brisbane here, take a holiday for your health here, pack better work lunches here, and if you just wanna work on yourself in the privacy and comfort of your own home, here are 5 core strengthening exercises that require only one thing: a wall.

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If you want to travel more in 2017, get reading:

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And finally, if you’ve set your sights on the dating scene, or just need some new ideas to enliven date night with your number one bae (I’m so sorry, I wrote this in 2016 and bae will definitely never appear in any future CSS posts), The Cusp have put together some super ideas that won’t empty your wallet.

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Go forth into the bright sunshine of a new year my sweet babies. You deserve it x

Cool Stuff Sunday

The Hamilton Mixtape is gonna drop real soon, and I’m dying with anticipation, but in the meantime, I’m spending every available moment on Lin-Manuel’s soundcloud account. It’s an incredible insight into his writing process. One of the most mind-blowing tracks (aside from the haunting demo of Satisfied) is this early draft of My Shot, complete with extended HERCULES MULLIGANNNNNNN (soz had to) verse:

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Looking to travel somewhere there are fewer crowds or less tourists to combat in queues at beautiful landmarks? NatGeo have put out a great list of 10 places that need more travellers. A couple of spots out of left field, but Armenia looks pretty freaking lovely, and I’ve always wanted to see Nepal.

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Continuing with the travel thing, now that I’m itching to get on a plane again now, here are some practical tips to saving your hard-earned cash for your next trip, thanks to my pal Tofu Traveler. I really am going to have to say goodbye to Apple Music, aren’t I?

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Silverchair is one of the best bands to come out of Australia probably ever, and I was stoked to find Triple J have done a huge retrospective on the J Files podcast. Catch the episode–featuring a pretty in-depth chat between The Doctor and Daniel Johns, and the accompanying four-chapter breakdown. Epic.

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As a lifelong Potterhead, it’s been interesting to watch the growth and expansion of the Potterverse since part two of The Deathly Hallows was released. This wonderful piece over on Buzzfeed really gets to the heart of how strange it feels to not be excited by more of something I have loved since I was 11. (FYI, I definitely, absolutely, unequivocally want a TV series about the Hogwarts Founders, so if someone at Netflix can run with this, that’d be super.)

With the Harry Potter franchise, it’s not an issue of quantity — it’s one of quality. The community around Harry Potter is used to being overwhelmed by material. They were revolutionary in that field, innovating what it meant to be a fan in the age of the internet, and serving as a gateway to many of what we consider the major fandoms and pop-cultural phenomena of the past decade.

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And to round off the day, here is my pal Simon Groth with the only response to Dylan’s Nobel Prize I care about. Absolutely spot on. A+. Five stars. Etc.

Cool Stuff Sunday

Get yourself some life lessons by the women of Jane Austen over at Verily. All awesome and true.

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I’ve always been rather intrigued by Arthur Amon’s theory of love. He posits that if you ask these 36 questions to a complete stranger–or someone you fancy a bit–and then stare into their eyes for four minutes (…………………………. that seems unnecessarily lengthy), then you’re pretty likely to fall in love. Looking at the questions, they seem like the kinds of things you’d share with someone you’re in a relationship over time, so it’s actually just the Express Lane version of intimacy. Anyway. Spotted this successful crash test of the theory, and was spurred on to find out the success rate of the 36. Find some other interesting results here, here and here. This one is probably my fave, but this was a punch to the feels.

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I am a massive massive fan of Daniels’ bloody insane film, Swiss Army Man, and a fan of Daniel Radcliffe (how can a HP fanatic not be tho??). It’s really cool to listen to DanRad chat to The Empire Film Podcast about his prep for playing corpse bride, Manny; his general excellence in stunts; and amazing insight into his own progression as an actor since the Potter films (special mention to Kill Your Darlings and Horns!). I’m also now super pumped to see Imperium and #thesweatyrevenant???????????????????? BIZARRE. Go listen.

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It wouldn’t be a Cool Stuff Sunday without a Shakey reference, so head on over to McSweeneys for this ~amazing~ list of The Housewives of Shakespeare Tag Lines. Short and sweet!

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Yesterday I watched this heart-stopping short film, Borrowed Time. Set aside 6 minutes and do yourself a favour.

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And to round off the afternoon, here are 13 great questions to kick around at your next book club session.

Cool Stuff Sunday

Arts workers famously earn fuck all money (can attest to the veracity of the statement), so ArtsHub have done us a solid and complied a list of 50 Ways to Make A Living in The Arts! Hooray!

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One of my fave movies from the last few years, Turbo Kid, is getting a flippin’ sequel guys. Oh ma gadddddd ❤ Here’s the film clip/prequel too.

ALSO, SEE TURBO KID IF YOU HAVEN’T YET.

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Fancy a trip through the English countryside? (Yes is the only correct answer to that btw). Take a squiz at these beautiful Austen-esque accommodation options over at Verily and get planning. I am beside myself in love with the Northanger Abbey Suffolk priory and need to live there yesterday.

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Taika Waititi is one of my favourite human beings on the planet, and this interview is a prime example of why. Creative nomad. Just. MARRY ME ALREADY.

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Feminist reads! Added these to my TBR list, and would like to add Unspeakable Things by Laurie Penny to the mix.

Cool Stuff Sunday

Adaptations are probably my most favourite thing in the world. They combine one cool thing with another, eg books with film or television, and music underneath. There’s probably nothing better to me than a truly wondrous adaptation (some greats that spring to mind are Ang Lee’s Sense & Sensibility and Life of Pi, Philip Martin’s Birdsong, and of course, HBO’s Game of Thrones–read the book and then tell me the first season isn’t infinitely better). There are a billion others worthy of love, and B&P have released a list of adaptations coming in 2016 to look out for. Yaaaaaassss.

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Grammarly is one of my fave grammar resources, and recently they posted a quick bit about the phrase ‘bad rap’, which is often confused (by me and a whole bunch of you) with ‘bad wrap’. Anyway, I was v excited for the clarification, so go and get learned.

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Speaking of raps, a video is doing the rounds on my FB after the #Brexit vote of British rapper/amazing human being Akala–whom you may remember from the TedX talk I posted recently about Shakespeare & hip hop. He appeared on Frankie Boyle’s Election Autopsy in 2015, and gave this incredible response to the question of racism in Britain.

You can find the full segment on YouTube.

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Lastly, on this cold but kinda nice Sunday, we need to talk about M.I.L.F.$ by Fergie. Here it is if you haven’t seen/heard it. Prepare yourself.

So. I mean. Like. Just. Dang. This is the most ridiculous song I’ve ever heard or seen a video for but I straight up love it. I don’t know what it is. Babes being babes? Celebrating (albeit in the strangest way possible) motherhood and still being ridic hot? Chrissy Teigen (my kween) just being in it? Hugely styled everything? Terrible choreography? Spelling out every word in the second verse? Fergie’s comeback? I don’t even know but I am so ready for this ridiculous album to drop.

Review: Reasons I’m giving up on The 5th Wave

To reward myself on moving out of home, I ambled down to the local independent bookstore (Avid Reader at West End, for those playing at home) to have a browse. Having been out of the bookselling business for a couple of years now, it’s nice to get into a conversation with a staff member and ask for their recommends – because if anybody knows what’s hot off the presses and worth a look, it’s booksellers. Continue reading