Unstoppable AWW Gen 3

Journal: 064

I’m working, in Melbourne loading to go home. The photo above is me getting loaded last week in Perth. Apparently the wreck – it appears to have blown a steer tyre and dived off the road into a culvert – was worth buying and bringing over for parts. And I’m organised, I have/had reviews ready for Monday and Thursday posting through to next week. But, you my friends keep posting AWW Gen 3 relevant reviews, so I’ll put this up on Saturday (at the moment I’m typing on Tuesday) with the appropriate links.

That brings up the question Why? Nearly everyone who comments here will have seen them already. Well, firstly just to reference them all in one place. But also, because the few people who comment – and I think that is about 15 here, 20 max. – are only a tiny proportion of the people who read blogs. It constantly astonishes me how tight, and how relatively small, the community of people who read and comment on each other’s blogs is.

The three posts are:

Whispering Gums: Elizabeth Harrower, The Long Prospect (1958)

Harrower, it seems to me writes in a similar vein, and similar settings, to Eleanor Dark. Modernist, Sydney, Middle-class life.

“Oppression and tyranny, power and manipulation in human relationships are the stuff of Elizabeth Harrower’s writing, at least in my experience of it, and so I found it again in her second novel The long prospect.” Read on …

Reading Matters: Dorothy Hewett, Bobbin’ Up (1959)

Hewett is an interesting author, very mainstream Gen 3, a Communist brought up middle class (on a Western Australian wheat farm) writing about the working class, and I’m glad Kim chose to review her.

“.. not really a novel; it’s more a collection of short stories focused on a bunch of diverse characters, all female, who work together at a woollen mill in Sydney during the 1950s.” Read on …

ANZLitLovers: Modernism, a Very Short Introduction, by Christopher Butler … and Christina Stead

Now, this post is dated Nov. 2016 so don’t ask me why it was in my head to include it in this spot. But having got this far, and given all our discussions of Modernism in relation to Gen 3, I commend it to you.

“So, to Modernism, A Very Short Introduction first of all, because Christina Stead is a great modernist and most of us could use a little help in understanding her work.  Alas, she does not get a mention in this little book of only 102 pages, so you will have to make do with my interpretations and extrapolations…” Read on …

And because I can, one more truck photo

It’s Saturday now, or near enough, and I’m on the way home, pulled up for the night 300 km from the WA border. I’ll be home Sunday, touch wood, and once I’m unloaded will take a month’s holiday, or at least, 2 weeks iso then two weeks with whichever of my family make it over to celebrate my daughter’s wedding.

23 thoughts on “Unstoppable AWW Gen 3

  1. I love reflection shots! It reminds me how important it is to think about framing and who’s taking a photo and how easily our perspectives can shift, even if we move a very small distance from an original position. It is funny how few people leave comments isn’t it? I think of the regulars as the daily commuters, there for the long haul (is that a trucking joke?) and the fly-by visitors as being on a weekend getaway, happy to say hello when they’re in the area but not necessarily committed to bookish conversation, only chatting to fill the time.


    • This week’s excuse is that five of your comments got spammed. Old man blushes (luckily he’s heavily tanned and it’s hard to see). I’m glad I found them, I only look there irregularly.
      What astonishes me is how well phone cameras work at night. Truck drivers always have one eye on the mirrors, so this is the view I have all the time (later, also on the Nullarbor, I took the view forwards after flying through multiple swarms of locusts – what they were eating out there I don’t know – it wasn’t pretty).
      Although I’m a long haul driver I think that’s actually an airline joke. I wonder if casual readers feel intimidated about joining in (as I do about using seatback entertainment those very few times I fly).


  2. Love the truck on a truck image, like a meta-truck!
    Drive safe and it is good thing you do relisting these reviews Bill, because somehow I had missed Lisa’s.


  3. Oh good for you having. a month off … hope all the celebrants are able to get there and you have a lovely family time.

    Meanwhile though, thanks for this post, and for the link. I think the reason for doing it is obvious, that is having one place to go to for all the books. I go to you AWW Gen pages quite often, actually.


    • I like your Author page, and I’ll copy it one day, but the page(s) I go to most often are Lisa’s Christina Stead and my Miles Franklin. Otherwise – and people have been making various suggestions to Karen all day – I’m just as happy to use Search.

      Mum phoned me today somewhere out on the Nullarbor so I’ll have to ring her back, but she’s feeling too frail to make the trip. The daughter in question has responded by offering to take her family to Melbourne over Easter and hang the chance of having to quarantine to get home.


      • Oh, I was thinking it’s a big trip for her. These COVID days require flexibility. Hope you work some good celebrations out. I’m sure you will. Mr Gums’ has been very mixed given it was between Dad’s death and funeral.


      • Did I say happy birthday Mr Gums? He’s a decade older than I for the next couple of weeks. As it happens, our pub gazumped us – they decided they needed the outside area for a band – so my daughter has been charged with finding another venue that will suit the grandkids (Hey Vic, how about Leighton Surf Club?)


  4. Oooooh, a wedding. I hope it is both lovely and safe! Though I know you guys don’t have a massive COVID outbreak over there, so a wedding may not sound as scary to you as it does to me.

    I love how a semi-truck is being lifted away by a bigger semi-truck. It reminds of the horror movie The Meg, which has on the movie post a Great White Shark swimming up at a person swimming, but below the Great White is an EVEN BIGGER SHARK: THE MEG!

    Here’s the image


    • Not a movie I’d want to see I don’t think. It doesn’t do to worry about what might be beneath you in the water. Gee’s wedding was booked for a year ago, but of course she (and Oak) ran into the early lockdown. They ended up eloping and putting the celebration back a year. But with covid spotfires in all three eastern states this year, Western Australia has been imposing hard borders all over the place and so nearly all the interstaters have cancelled.


      • I love “creature feature” films. I simultaneously cover my eyes and laugh. Then again, where I live, the thing most likely to get you in the water is a leech, and let’s be honest, I’m scared of those, too.

        I take it the wedding party will be quite small then. It blows my mind to read your country’s response to covid. All signs point to COVID IS A BIG DEAL, and thus the response matches.


    • Most of my loads out of Perth are trucks or mobile machinery, because I have ramps to drive them on and a low rear deck to carry them. What’s surprising is the number of times they catch the corner of my eye in the mirrors and I instinctively think “gee, that truck’s close”.

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  5. I wonder why you are astonished at how few people post a comment. It requires quite a bit of effort to add a comment. First, you’ve got to think of something to say. Then you’ve got to believe other people will find it worth reading. Then you have to type it in (which from a tablet is not trivial). I guess I’d take the counter point of view – I’m astonished that sometimes a post generates 30 or 40 comments. Not that this upsets me. I often find the comments more interesting than the initial post (but don’t get insulted, without the initial post, there would be no follow-up comments).

    Actually, I think there are two reasons for comments:
    1) You want to get follow-up comments emailed to you.
    2) You want to subtly advertise your web page.

    Since I don’t have a web page, clearly I have commented here just for reason 1. Which probably means the comments for this blog will dry up, and I will have wasted my time.


    • Hi Neil, I just got home and sat down at my computer (with a sandwich and a glass of wine) so you’ll see two or three comments any way as a reply to those above you. As a blogger I’m desperate for comments. Why? I guess because I want (need) engagement. I was really lucky in my early days that MST, WG, Lisa and Nathan Hobby took the time to encourage me.
      If I’m interested enough to be reading a random blog I’ll often comment with my own opinion and it is surprising how often I’m not answered.
      1 and 2 are back to front.
      It’s more or less a rule that you comment on the posts of those people who take the time to comment on you. One of my friends publicly stopped reading all bloggers who weren’t commenting on hers. I’m not that harsh, but the other hand all the ‘regulars’ comment most of the time anyway.
      Interestingly, in light of your “it requires quite a bit of effort” I struggle to comment sometimes because the subject is stuff I don’t know about. In that case I have to read them, think about it, then go back and read again before I can comment. And yes, sometimes I (and many others) write something inane just to say “I was here”.
      You and I have an advantage in that with many posts put up around midnight we get to see east coast Australian ones the ‘previous evening’, so if we can think of a comment we get to see the whole comment stream.


  6. I guess if you want to leave a “I was here” you could always press Like. Seems a bit soulless to me, but better than nothing.

    I said the comments were interesting. That’s not really true, it’s the dialogue that’s interesting. I have read the occasional blog that had no comments, and think how dry a bare blog is. I don’t bother to visit them again. In comparison, the “literary circle” provide a much richer experience, one I am happy to link into, even if at the moment I’m a mere sniper!

    And yes, when WG’s blogs arrive pristine, I am very tempted to get in with the first comment. I clearly haven’t been trying hard enough!

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    • I think we’ve lost most of the interstaters, though two of my brothers are coming from Sydney at short notice. The celebration covers a long weekend on Rottnest Island, so we’ve lost some of the catching up with old friends we were planning on but there’ll still be enough of us to make it worthwhile.


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