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May 31, 2008


op shops are a great place to find books. do you know about Melbourne's collaborative op shopping blog 'I op therefore I am'


there are links there to maps and addresses of Melbourne's op shops. let me know if you are interested in joining.

regards, Amelia

Hi Amelia, thanks for your comment. I find most of my secondhand books in bookshops, rather than op-shops - the Dumas was in South Melbourne Savers. While op-shops are definitely a lot cheaper than secondhand bookshops, I can't recommend any in particular. However, there's a dinky, spotless little op-shop in my local shopping square that occasionally yields up treasure when I am killing five minutes in there rather than in the newsagent's - I bought Michelle de Kretser's The Hamilton Case there just the other week.

dear reeling and writhing,

Every time I come here i am so glad i did.
I have little background in any formal literary learnin', and t all these things you share are just so eagerly lapped up. It's just so great.
Anyway, I am trying to actually WRITE things at present, a task at which I am no expert. I just read that review of Milan Kundera's work via your link and almost began to cry: all these ideas that I have been trying to put into words.

I find it exceptionally hard to write. Not Nonsense and stories, but ideas things. I read huge amounts of both fiction and theory, but am so aware that there is just so much context I JUST DONT KNOW.

Why am I raving on like this? I don't know. I am excited, I am going to get "curtain", I am going to work on some of those ideas for my piece, which is about wonderment.

Did you know btw that Michele de K is at the Hay Festival ?

just thanks, is all, really.

Not at all - thank YOU, Fifi, for sharing the enthusiasm, I'm so pleased some of this is useful to you.
I have found that Curtain enticing - as I get further in it seems to be quite a personal book with some thought-provoking observations, especially for folk like me who stopped reading about Balzac fifty squillion years ago. Kundera offers a lot from his own reading, particularly of Eastern European writers who are not as well known as some of the usual suspects.
And can I venture the purely personal (not at all expert) notion that blogging is a great non-fiction starter, sometimes you get ideas while writing a post that shoot off elsewhere and it's easier to follow them than if you had sat down deliberately to write such and such.

I am always in need of writing help but I don't like to be smothered by it either, so anything I find that I like, I will certainly share.
Hay, hey? That is terrific.

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