Carl Wyant was a friend.
Before he passed in 2001, he spent some months trekking up a steep hill in the stink of a northland summer to complete a manuscript, which he called
Rumours From The Pit.
By that stage, 51-year-old Carl was in bad shape, due to a misspent adulthood, but nonetheless, he completed the manuscript.
Seventeen years later, another friend Buddhimanta Khan Das is working to have that manuscript published.
I am including
occasional pieces of that manuscript’s contents on this site to honour and remember Carl by, and to showcase the quality of his writing.
That remembrance, for me, has tinges of profound regret, at not having done more at the time to help him.
Continue reading “Carl Wyant – in memory”
Since I last wrote everything has become unbearably complex.
But first let me say how nice it was to get your last letter, and of course, the 8 by 10 glossies of your recent photo shoot for
Pet Of The Month.
I’d been thinking about you before your letter arrived, which isn’t too surprising considering that you drenched my dictionary in perfume so that every time I used it I’d be reminded of you.
Continue reading “Apropos Of Everything – A Love Letter”
He weaves around the corner, grinning and ragged in the rain, like a familiar smelly dog you don’t want to touch.
He is pleased to see me. I am not pleased to see him.
His left hand wields a can of something that will make the average person barf after three or four. He wears dirty cut-off blue jeans and a wet white shirt.
Continue reading “Losing Patience With A Friend”
Now that a man
many have called a clown is running his Oval Office Show, how much less might we hear the old line, “America – the Greatest Country on Earth”?.
Aside, that is, from wealthy ‘liberals’ who claim to be leaving in Trump’s wake, and American Democrats unable to stomach the loss. There are no doubt many others mulling over – at least in private – whether the Orange-haired One is a signpost on a downhill road.
Continue reading “America – still ‘the Greatest Country on Earth’ ?”
Maybe I looked like an adult waif, a figure who commands pity sooner than anything else. Continue reading “The Kindness of Strangers”
Now that a man many have called a clown is running his Oval Office Show….
This article is complete but on hold pending publication elsewhere ]
This comic audio series, with its strong New Zealand influence, is a welcome change to the teeming US-influenced content on offer.
Featuring Jemaine Clement (Lord Joseph Banks), Lawrence Arabia (Solander) and Jonathan Brugh (Narrator). Written and directed by Duncan Sarkies. Music by Lawrence Arabia. Original artwork by Stephen Templer.
Continue reading “The Mysterious Secrets of Uncle Bertie’s Botanarium”