Desperate Days in the Bunker ~ theatre notes

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Desperate Days in the Bunker

I feel like I can't be bothered to mention this, but I suppose I should. Perhaps it's anticipatory hysteria at the thrashing the neo-cons received in the US mid-term elections, but in yesterday's Herald Sun, Andrew Bolt takes uncertain aim yet again at all those black-clad "extremist" artists - like Muslims, we're now divided between "extremists" and "moderates" - who live in their "ghettos of hate". In Brunswick, apparently. I'm in some pretty distinguished company - Peter Carey, Richard Flanagan, Andrew McGahan, Phillip Adams, Liz Jones...

Andrew is up to his usual standards of accuracy: poor old Brunswick seems to be unfairly smeared here. Flanagan lives in the wilds of Tasmania. Isn't Carey based in New York? Liz Jones and myself live on the other side of the river. That's only the ones I know about. Not one Brunswick resident among them. Although, like that well-known extremist Coco Chanel, I do wear a lot of black.

HATEFUL: A Brunswick arts extremist (right) plots the violent overthrow of the government. Picture: Man Ray

11 comments:

Laura said...

Yup, looks like Andrew's head finally exploded.

Paul Martin said...

Andrew Bolt is just another extreme redneck right-wing ranter, like Alan Jones, who thrives on making outrageous statements. It's all based on a need for relevance, attention seeking, and plays on people's prejudices.

So, the government supports artists in black - big deal. It also supports a very large contingent of people in khaki. Where would our defence forces be if its existence were left to market forces?

George Hunka said...

Well, if we can't be agreeable, we should at least be stylish.

Chris Boyd said...

Black, the colour of your nicotine-stained lungs. You're all bloody smokers, you arty types. :)

I wondered about Brunswick too. Maybe AB lights on that particular 'burb cos it's the site of the muslim ghetto that Andrew McGahan creates in his new novel Underground (in which a nuclear device has been detonated over Canberra...) (One Sunday, walking through Kingston, I imagined that a neutron device had already been used... leaving only the buildings!)

Alison Croggon said...

Well, I guess he was attempting, with heavy-handed witlessness, to be satirical. He's no Swift, to be sure. Or even, as I hear he describes himself, a modern-day Orwell...to think that Andrew Bolt is like George Orwell is, well, like thinking Andrew Bolt is like George Orwell. Either it shows that one hasn't read Orwell, who is a stylist of the highest degree, or it's a sign of the imminent decline of the West...

George Hunka said...

Now, be fair. Surely it needn't be one or the other. Perhaps it's both.

TimT said...

I thought people in Brunswick looked like this.

I live in Coburg. Here's what it looks like in my neighbourhood.

Andrew Bolt?

David said...

Seems like the American public agree that "the US was led by a "coward" and "creep" in charge of a "criminal government"," and have had the sense, at last, to make the gangstas pay. Who knows? Maybe Andrew Bolt will be next.

Alison Croggon said...

Is this a kind of Rake's Progress, TimT? I'm off to Brunswick this instant. Once I am a properly fallen woman, I guess it's Coburg next...and then, perhaps, I'll join Mr Bolt...

TimT said...

Yes, it goes Brunswick, Coburg, and then you end up in an insane asylum in St Kilda.

I'll call you Alison Croggon Rakewell, shall I? (I can just hear the Stravinsky score in the backgeround ...)

Walsh said...

i like it...ghettos of hate! like straight outta compton y'all!