Author Archives: kirstenalexander

Coming Back to the Songlines

Backpacking in Greece, pre-internet, my boyfriend and I heard of a small island off the Peloponnese reachable only by a walking bridge. The island had no cars, no electricity, and no phones. On the south-east coast of this island, was … Continue reading

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The Mind-Numbing Artifice of Sufjan Stevens

We went to see Sufjan Stevens. On the way there, we argued about what time the show would start. Ridiculous. So maybe it was me, not him. I’d carried my life stresses into the concert hall with me, heaved them onto my … Continue reading

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Marching Won’t Get Us Anywhere

I’ve been asked to attend a protest march. Another one. For years, and for good reasons, I marched for the rights of people, animals and communities, against governments, corporations, media barons. I handed out leaflets, held placards, linked arms, and … Continue reading

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Silence = Writing

In answer to those of you who ask – kindly, sporadically – what’s happening when I go quiet online and in life, I’m writing a second manuscript titled Futureproof (85k and rising). Because the world can’t have too many unpublishable … Continue reading

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Writing Tag

Bee image: Sam Droege and the USGS Bee Inventory & Monitoring Lab Australian writer and doctor Leah Kaminsky asked me to be involved in a game of online tag. Her friend Sophfronia Scott from the Vermont College of Fine Arts initiated the … Continue reading

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Morrison, Diaz and Oates

If you live/work/study near the New York Public Library and can attend their literary events you’re very lucky. The rest of us can enjoy them as podcasts or videos. Here are two of the best (yep, three names, two talks).

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Good Reading & Listening List #2

(Image: whplibrary.org) Here are the best books and articles I’ve come across lately. They’re not all new; they are all interesting. If you’d read something you’d recommend, let me know. It’s good to spread the word with likeminded folk.

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Good Reading & Listening List #1

Here are the best books, articles and podcasts I’ve come across lately. They’re not all new; they are all interesting. If you’d read or heard something you’d recommend, let me know. It’s good to spread the word with likeminded folk.

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Exercise as Cure

This is not about me. I want to recommend a book called The Exercise Cure to you. But I’ll tell you this about myself so you know the perspective from which my recommendation is coming: I don’t play sport, never have. I … Continue reading

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4 Tips for Republicans

There’s been a change of the guard in the south. Far south: Australia. And now I’m running the place I need to tell you, we’re not happy you’ve got a pack of communists up in your White House. I’d say … Continue reading

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