John Birmingham
John Birmingham's dive bar on the internet
Created 15 May 2020
  • My TV weekend is sorted.
    23 Sep 2021 • 2 min read
    I’ll kick off as always with Ted Lasso because that’s what I have instead of therapy. But then I’m rocking the new golden age of sci fi. FOUNDATION drops today or tomorrow, depending on the internatio...
  • Jack Reacher shrugged.
    23 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 3 0
    About ten years ago, maybe more, I had to interview Lee Child on stage for the Melbourne Writers Festival. I did my homework, read about five of his books, wrote up a long list of questions and then s...
  • Ian McEwan gets C+ for essay on Ian McEwan
    21 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 8
    Cleaning out my notebook yesterday and came across this old LA Times bit about Big ‘L’ literature guy Ian McEwan helping his kid write a high school essay on a book by… Ian McEwan. "Compelled to read ...
  • Shattered Skies proof copies
    21 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 10 24
    Got a box of these bad boys in the post today. Wasn’t expecting that for a while. The release date is in the US format. It’s coming January 11, Not November 1.
  • Bad leadership is something other leaders do.
    21 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 9 2
    Never having worked in a real job for more than five minutes, and certainly never having had to salute anybody, I’ve spent a bit time reading up on military culture as research for my books. I have a ...
  • Deal or no deal, the nuclear sub thing is too thinky to think about.
    20 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 7 8
    A lot of peeps at my other stack were expecting me to write about the AUKUS submarine last Friday, and I’ll admit I spent a whole heap of time reading into it and searching the web for hot takes. But ...
  • Hashtag 'Justin was right'.
    19 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 10
    My Big Green Egg is still in transit from the US, but I’ve been getting ready. It’s going on the front deck, in the space currently occupied by our sophisticated home defence unit, pictured below. I’v...
  • Sleeper Agent
    14 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 6 9
    I’ve always loved the ‘sleeping killer’ genre of stories. Jason Bourne and The Long Kiss Goodnight are obvious examples from the world of spies. Arnie gave it a sci-fi touch up with Total Recall and S...
  • Orbital returns.
    14 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 10 3
    I wrote a short piece for some investment mavens about the amount of private investment piling up in near earth orbit, and was surprised to discover a couple of local companies already had sats up the...
  • Nick Cave's great Charlie Watts story
    09 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 6 4
    Via (Jon Gruber). I decided that it might be a good idea to get in shape for an upcoming tour and so I booked some training sessions at a local gym in Brighton. I’d never trained or even entered a gym...
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