Writing about Music (Writing for the Arts 1)

Buy Books So I can buy coffee! Kent, Nick. “Sid Vicious – The Exploding Dim-Wit.” The Dark Stuff: Selected Writings on Rock Music 1972-1993. London: Penguin. 1994. 179-87. The reading was a quite brutal close up look at one of the most iconic moments in the 70s punk movement. I found that it might be…

Topic 5: Writing the Report (Zeitgeist Genres 4)

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. Bringing them Home. Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families. April 1997. The heartbreaking “Bringing them home” report introduction powerfully states the case to be answered by the Australian government in emotive but not overstated language. Rather than…

Topic 4: The Blog and the Zeitgeist (Zeitgeist Genres 3)

Keen, Andrew. “Introduction.” The Cult of the Amateur. New York: Doubleday, Currency. 2007. Keen’s “Introduction” paints a pretty bleak picture of what is expected of blogging and social media journalism. He invokes the “infinite number of monkeys” who will eventual write Shakespeare to emphasize his view of the hit and miss (and miss again) nature…

Topic 3: From New Journalism to Creative Non-fiction (Zeitgeist Genres 2)

Capote, Truman. “Last to see them alive.” Excerpt from In Cold Blood (1966). London: Penguin, 2000. Capote’s “In Cold Blood”, in particular the excerpt given as one of this week’s readings, delves into the subjective experience of others in impossible detail, filling in the blanks in the authors knowledge with conjecture to help the story…

Topic 2: My Zeitgeist: The Personal Essay (Zeitgeist Genres 1)

George Orwell in his story “Shooting an Elephant” shows clearly how the personal essay can be used to explore a wider social issue through the lens of personal experience. The initial naivety of the protagonist and his uncertainty of his place in the world he find himself in assists us in seeing a side of…