The Suitcase

The Suitcase

by Aashish Kaul Sergei Dovlatov’s comic masterpiece The Suitcase begins with the author’s brief, pathetic conversation with a clerk at the Russian Office of Visas and Registrations (the ‘bitch at OVIR’, he refers to her in anger), conducted in the course of pointless,...
On Remembering Things

On Remembering Things

by Walter Mason Year by year I become more conscious that I commit less and less to memory. I was in that final generation that made one last half-hearted effort to commit some poetry to memory. The only things that remain with me now are ‘My Country’, half of ‘The...
Cabramatta Books

Cabramatta Books

by Walter Mason At one point I wanted to do my post-graduate work on the free books distributed at Buddhist temples in Australia. The various media on offer – books, tracts, holy cards, pamphlets, CDs and DVDs – have always attracted me, appealing as they do my bower...
Next monthly blogger – Walter Mason!

Next monthly blogger – Walter Mason!

Many thanks to David Brooks for his excellent posts last month, leading up to the issue 73.2 Liar/Lyre. This month, our fabulous blogger is Walter Mason. His bio is below: Walter Mason is an academic, blogger, speaker and writer.  He is part of the Writing &...
Moving books

Moving books

Kate Holden This post is a little late: the dilatoriness due not to lack of enthusiasm but the fact that I am in the middle of one of life’s cataclysms – moving house. And by ‘moving house’ you know that I, as a writer, primarily mean standing, hands on hips in the...