John Bartlett

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Yahweh and Eros, first published in ‘Meanjin’, January 2007

Yahweh and Eros, first published in ‘Meanjin’, January 2007

By on Jun 21, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

  The Catholic Church both in Australia and America is facing perhaps its greatest crisis in centuries as it struggles to cope with revelations of abuse by its clergy. Here in Australia, Broken Rights, the support group for people abused by clergy, estimates that at least 76 priests or brothers have been convicted in the courts for abuse. Many others may go...

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“FAIR SUCK OF THE SAUCE BOTTLE”

“FAIR SUCK OF THE SAUCE BOTTLE”

By on May 24, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

We Australians are proud to boast that we value the quality of fairness above all. The ‘fair go, mate’ anthem has been part of our vernacular for many years. This week, when Peter Dutton, Immigration Minister, announced an October 1st deadline for 7,500 asylum seekers to submit applications for protection or risk deportation, it seemed on the surface to pass the...

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Love Never Ends

Love Never Ends

By on Apr 9, 2017 in Blog | 5 comments

  ‘How could the complexities of being, the mechanics of our anatomy, the intelligence of our biology, and the endless firmament of our interiority –the thoughts and questions and yearnings and hopes and hunger and desire and the thousand and one contradictions that inhabit us at any given moment –ever have an ending that could be marked by a date on a...

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DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE OF NEOREACTION

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE OF NEOREACTION

By on Feb 19, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

In considering the endgame of Trump’s administration, we conclude that it must be the end of democracy and the coronation of the Trump dynasty as the royal family of the world-spanning Holy American Empire. We can support nothing less in good conscience. -from ‘Social Matter -Statecraft for American Restoration’   It’s difficult these days not to have our eyes...

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THAT AUTUMN FEELING – the bullies are back

THAT AUTUMN FEELING – the bullies are back

By on Feb 2, 2017 in Blog | 5 comments

Service to mankind…that’s what it’s really all about (from ‘Towards a Distant Sea, 2005, Indra Publishing) Have you ever experienced that abrupt, unexpected change of seasons when the languorous heat of summer days suddenly fades and the cool, damp air of autumn fills the air and the anticipation of advancing cold and short days seems just...

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Word for Word Non-Fiction Festival- Geelong

Word for Word Non-Fiction Festival- Geelong

By on Feb 1, 2017 in Projects | 0 comments

  Behind the Headlines: The Refugee Experience  Sohila Zanjani (Scattered Pearls), Abdi Aden (Shining: The Story of a Lucky Man) and Adele Dumont (No Man is an Island) will share their unique individual perspectives as seekers of asylum and detention centre workers respectively, and give an insight into both sides of the refugee experience. Facilitated by...

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A State of Permanent Outrage Arousal (POA)

A State of Permanent Outrage Arousal (POA)

By on Dec 8, 2016 in Blog | 1 comment

A recent essay from Australian novelist Christos Tsiolkas struck a chord with me and made me suddenly aware I had been afflicted with POA or Permanent Outrage Arousal. This is a disorder whose symptoms include chronic tweeting on social media, sudden and unexpected swearing often directed at politicians and repeated shouting at conservatives, racists or homophobes...

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Two steps forward, three steps back – the future of LGBTI rights

Two steps forward, three steps back – the future of LGBTI rights

By on Dec 2, 2016 in Blog | 1 comment

Despite the mixed reviews on the accomplishments of departing US President Obama, his record on LGBTI rights is extensive. We might have forgotten this list of his varied successes, best summed up in his concise statement that “the simple truth is that LGBTI rights are human rights.” The ascent of President-elect Trump is worrying for a number of reasons, one of...

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Politically Incorrect

Politically Incorrect

By on Nov 23, 2016 in Blog | 3 comments

An article published in The Australian in June this year was entitled: “The church of political correctness (PC) controls national discourse” and ranted about the rise of ‘humorless zealots’ who attempt to control public discussion. More and more this bludgeon of the ‘political correctness’ slogan has been the weapon of choice by the emerging Alt-right to downplay...

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World Mental Health Day 2016

World Mental Health Day 2016

By on Oct 9, 2016 in Blog | 1 comment

October 10th is World Mental Health Day and to mark the remembrance I’m sharing two of my previously published short stories that explore aspects of mental health:     LIMBUS -first published in Pendulum in 2005 and republished in All Mortal Flesh in 2009   “I think it was on the day of my father’s funeral that Mum seemed to come out of the fog...

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Detective Swan returns, bloodied but unbowed – a review of ‘Goldstone’

Detective Swan returns, bloodied but unbowed – a review of ‘Goldstone’

By on Jul 14, 2016 in Blog | 1 comment

It was a shock this week to be suddenly precipitated from one of the coldest days so far this year in southern Australia into the hot and dry landscapes of Goldstone, Ivan Sen’s sequel to his highly successful Mystery Road. These landscapes of Middleton, central west Queensland, where Goldstone was mostly filmed, stretch out hundreds of miles in all directions like...

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