Book review: Forty Tales from the Afterlives

Book review: Forty Tales from the Afterlives

Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives (2009) by David Eagleman Like a bowl of strawberries, accidentally dabbed in horseradish sauce, and consumed on a swooning autumn evening, Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives is short, punchy and bittersweet. It’s a collection of wistful, existential, funny, and quirky stories about creation, existence and the afterlife. There…

A culinary review of Australian military rations

A culinary review of Australian military rations

One of my slightly more eccentric writing exercises… For a while now, I’ve been fascinated by ‘Meal, Ready-to-Eat’ (MRE) and other self-contained meal products. For example, I’ve tried the infamous ‘meal replacement’ powder Soylent (or more accurately—its Australia knock-offs Aussilent and Oz Soylent), and those ‘One-Square-Meal’ snack bars (which are effectively human chow biscuits, if…

Film review: Hereditary

Film review: Hereditary

Hereditary (2018) directed by Ari Aster “Scariest film of the decade!”“As good as The Exorcist!” “The spookiest masterpiece of the year!” Or so some film critics have said. I beg to differ. Hereditary is an entertaining and, at times, startlingly beautiful horror film with great cinematography, electrifying acting, and a bold screenplay. But alas, the…