How to Disappear Completely (Extract)

Posted on Dec 1, 2017 in The Obligatory Blog | No Comments
How to Disappear Completely (Extract)

So a few years back I punched out a novella, which I’d pitch as The Slap meets Trainspotting set in regional Queensland, and it’s currently marinating on a hard drive somewhere until it’s fit for public consumption.

Why I didn’t cry when the Princess died

Posted on Dec 30, 2016 in The Obligatory Blog | No Comments
Why I didn’t cry when the Princess died

The original Star Wars was unleashed upon the world exactly one week before I was. Some of my earliest memories revolve around multiple re-watchings of an Empire video hired from the backwaters of Woodridge, watching a pirated copy of Jedi at my uncle and aunt’s place (possibly) before it had dropped in Aussie cinemas, and […]

Dying all the way to the bank

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 in The Obligatory Blog | One Comment
Dying all the way to the bank

“Modi’s about to address the nation,” said my Managing Editor, motioning to the monitor above me, or perhaps one of the many others splashing Breaking News banners across our newsroom. “He never does this. It must be pretty big.”

17 mostly unrelated observations after 44 days as an Indian resident

Posted on Feb 21, 2016 in The Obligatory Blog | 2 Comments
17 mostly unrelated observations after 44 days as an Indian resident

1.       If you ask people in Chennai to generate paperwork confirming you work in Delhi, don’t be surprised if they send it to Hyderabad.

A Marrickville Parable

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 in The Obligatory Blog | No Comments
A Marrickville Parable

It was a damp squib of a summer afternoon. The drizzle had set in from daybreak, with the humidity topping out somewhere just south of oppressive as the sun set above the clouds.

Rejected title arcs for the forthcoming ‘Star Wars’ sequels

Posted on Nov 8, 2014 in The Obligatory Blog | No Comments
Rejected title arcs for the forthcoming ‘Star Wars’ sequels

An unsuccessful McSweeney’s List submission from August 2013, but probably worthy of a post now that the force has, umm, awakened…

The story of The Story Of The Drum That Never Was

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 in The Obligatory Blog | No Comments
The story of The Story Of The Drum That Never Was

Pieces of electronic music are often accused – and often quite rightly – of being the musical equivalent of Seinfeld. Which is to say, they’re songs about nothing.

Mark Magidson (Baraka/Samsara) – full interview transcript

Posted on Jan 3, 2013 in The Obligatory Blog | No Comments
Mark Magidson (Baraka/Samsara) – full interview transcript

Many moons ago, as a (very) wide-eyed teenager, I wandered into my house in an LSD-addled state one morning to be confronted with possibly the most mesmerising image I’ve ever seen on my television screen courtesy of Rage – a wide angle shot of what looked like volcanoes from another planet, which opened the music […]

This (perspective-laden) Life

Posted on Aug 4, 2012 in The Obligatory Blog | No Comments
This (perspective-laden) Life

The sequel to The Key Master blog that I posted at the start of the year, in which I speculate on the future prospects of the eight-year-old kid who stole my backpack. It was published in the Review supplement of The Weekend Australian on August 4, 2012. THIS (PERSPECTIVE-LADEN) LIFE KRIS SWALES There’s nothing quite […]

Eternal Roundabout Of The OCD Mind

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 in The Obligatory Blog | No Comments
Eternal Roundabout Of The OCD Mind

The lovely people at The Big Issue published this piece in their Olympics special edition – #411, street date July 17-30 2012. It skims the surface of the pros and cons of living with OCD. FINDING ORDER IN DISORDER Need your medals or Olympic posters organised? Kris Swales can help. There are two types of […]

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