14 Jun 2008, Comments Off on The balcony Carnival of CRN

The balcony Carnival of CRN

Author: Helen

Image with permission from Chris Clarke

One for sorrow.

Go away, I’m grumpy. Creek Running North has closed down.

So, I thought I’d have a Carnival of Chris here on the Balcony. If there are any other habitual CRN readers who are sobbing under the doona or about to go out to buy some more chocolate or Shiraz, come and reminisce with me.

Reading Creek Running North was an exercise in scale. Chris likes to mix stories of human or doggy life cycles against the impossibly huge changes of the life cycle of the earth, from ancient upheavals to climate change in the 2000s, manifested in the ancient places he visits and studies. The sublime and the ridiculous. From any page, scroll down to see Chris’s categories. Here are some quick links that I like, but it doesn’t scratch the surface…

The same river twice. The beavers are not amused.
A Gaze blank and pitiless as the sun lightning, desert fire and loss.
The year we lost the Deserts. Fire is something we south-eastern Australians can relate to.
The deceptively named Comfort Food.
What’s Liberal about the Liberal Arts ( PDF) – famous and much linked to.
The Lanehogger.
Funny. But some of his poetry, like Sciurus Niger, will have you crying buckets.
His feminist ally writing. Here’s an example: On rape, privilege and being seen.
And of course, Zeke.

Goodbye to CRN. I’ll look forward to whatever it is Chris does next. Chris, thank you.

OK, leave me alone now, unless you’re bringing chocolate.

Comments (0)

  • Helen says:

    Oh thanks, Lauredhel, I meant to include that one but couldn’t find it in the archives.

    Serendipitously, I was reading this post on the very interesting Eye on BB yesterday, and the Bros-before-hos theme of male bonding behaviour jumped out at me as I remembered that story of Chris’s. It seems peculiar that Ray Constantine should exhibit trustworthy and lifesaving behaviour towards his male stepson while being lethal towards others, but it’s really a straightforward gender-tribal behaviour. (Off topic mini-rant: I loved EOBB, but this is the first and last time I link to it. I’ve had it with bloggers or writers that fling out “baby boomer” as an epithet. As if the Gen X-Y inhabitants of the BB house are so, you know, qualitatively different from the over 40s ones. I look forward to the day when these people wake up and find they are, shock, middle aged! and horror, younger people are hatin’ on them! I’ll be cackling over my Horlicks. /rant)

  • lauredhel says:

    I think he qualified the “baby boomer” comment, but yes, he has some issues here and there. But overall, it’s definitely the best BB analysis out there at this time.

  • Eye says:

    Helen, I think you misread my use of the term “baby boomer” as a simple age-reference, when it was, rather, a cultural one. It’s not about her age, “as such”, it’s about the cultural climate she is a product from – because it is one specific to a certain time, then this does LIK to age, yes, but has nothing to do with her being “old” in such a generalised way.

    I get to see the links, too, of course (they show up in my site stats). But thanks for your linking, previously! 🙂

  • Eye says:

    PS: and thanks, Lauredhel 🙂

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