Author Archives: Dirk Flinthart

Digression

I’ve begun teaching a new martial arts class at the university in Launceston, simply because they have the finest judo floor I’ve ever personally seen, let alone rolled upon. We had our third session last night, and there were a few more folks along which was good: it’s not a cheap floor to rent, and […]

Logan

I know a lot of people haven’t seen Logan yet, so I will be careful about any form of spoilers… which means this will be somewhat abstract. Nevertheless, I can give you my impressions.   First: as a film, it’s well shot, well composed, and well supported by a sparse but effective soundtrack. The performances […]

Still More Thoughts on Depiction and Appropriation.

Yeah, dull. I know. But this is tricky stuff. Publishing being what it is, a new or low-profile writer who wants a useful relationship with the small presses (which are a great place to kickstart a career!) needs to be aware that unlike the big publishing houses, small presses are likely to get benefit from […]

Australian Government To Install Arse-Recognition Systems In Public Toilets

In a press release today, Mr Dink Halfwit of the Australian Department of Computerising Things That Really Shouldn’t Be Computerised announced the forthcoming installation of biometric recognition systems in public toilets all over Australia. “We’re already setting up to do this at airports using facial recognition,” he said. “But why stop there? After all, there […]

Diversity, Representation, Appropriation… Again

So, on the heels of the discussion regarding cultural appropriation, I want to dive into tricky waters again. Not to offer any answers, but to raise questions and expose some dangers, hopefully with the result of provoking some talk and maybe hearing ideas and directions from others. This time around, I aim to explore the […]

Nightmare and Waking

I don’t usually recall my dreams. But those that stay with me… well, being a writer for many years now has long ago plugged my narrative sense straight into my subconscious. I’ve had dreams wherein I scornfully recognised plot devices which were supposed to lead to further developments; dreams where I realised a certain character […]

Appropriation, Fiction, and The Hero With A Thousand Faces

Lately there’s been considerable fuss about the concept of ‘cultural appropriation’ as applied to the process of creating fiction. In the most extreme form of application, the idea of ‘appropriation’ makes pretty much all fiction morally unsound. According to this interpretation, you are meant to write of experiences and cultural mores that you personally embody […]