Women are no good at hugging

Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for.
― Alice Walker

I just read an extract from Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen by Erik Jensen.

The book—about the reflections of a revered Australian painter before his death in 2012—will be an interesting read.

Adam Cullen was a student at Cromer High School when I arrived there in 1981. As I remember it, Adam was in the Year 11 art class that I took over in Term 3 of that year. We shared few words—mostly Adam telling me not to bother him because i had nothing to teach him. I wasn't concerned by his attitude, but I haven't forgotten it.

The book extract paints Cullen as a misfit looking for identity and love. He had a lot to say about women and how they are weak, weird and liars. He had a lot to say about his "bisexuality" and why he prefers men to women, including "I just like hugging men. Women can't do that - they're f...ing weak at it. You can't hold a woman."

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 Addicted to NEW


When you have a problem (in my case, the 'too many pies' problem) then it's a good idea to work out why you have a problem.

At least part of the problem is that I am addicted to 'new'. It's not like a shopping addiction, where you have to go and buy something to feel happy or fulfilled. It's more like a rush of excitement and inspiration when encountering a new object, a new design idea or a new way of thinking.

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