A few of my favourite things... (2016)
The end of the year is like the rising tide. It creeps up, bit by bit, then devours everything. Pop.
This is the year I identified as a feminist and started thinking about race... how it intersects with my gender and how it affects the lives of other people. I still have a lot to learn but I'm less ignorant, less naïve. This is my / our reality. Songs that defined 2016 for me: 'Smile' and 'Sorry'.
- 'Smile' - The Jezabels
- 'Pleasure Drive' - The Jezabels
- 'Simulation' - Tkay Maidza
- 'Follow Me' - Tkay Maidza
- 'Castle in the Sky' - Tkay Maidza
- 'At Least I Know' - Tkay Maidza
- 'Settle' - Vera Blue
- 'Sorry' - Beyoncé
- 'You've Underestimated Me, Dude' - Kate Miller-Heidke
- 'The Thaw' - Woodes
Don't tell me to smile / Don't tell me to smile / Don't tell me to smile
If you don't know me, brother
Middle fingers up / Put 'em hands high / Wave it in his face
Tell 'im boy bye / Tell 'im boy bye / Boy bye
Middle fingers up / I ain't thinking 'bout you
As always, female vocals: Synthia (The Jezabels), TKAY (Tkay Maidza), Lemonade (Beyoncé).
I shared my top five books of 2016 with Pencilled In, a new literary magazine featuring work by young Asian-Australian writers and artists and founded by my talented friend Yen-Rong Wong.
- Portable Curiosities – Julie Koh
- The Near and The Far (ed. David Carlin and Francesca Rendle-Short)
- The Hate Race – Maxine Beneba Clarke
- I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This – Nadja Spiegelman
- My First Lesson (ed. Alice Pung)
Click on the link here to find out why and for recommendations from Yen-Rong, Wendy Chen and Rajith Savanadasa. Submissions for Issue 1: Fear and Hope close 5 January 2017. Please also consider making a tax deductible donation to support contributors, printing and distribution.
Special mentions: Fantasian –