The Monkey in the Cornfield

I want to tell you what I know of my grandfather’s disappearance. The Judge, everyone called him, which wasn’t all that creative since he was actually a courtroom judge before retirement. My mother called and said that the Judge wanted to see me. ‘You’ve been summoned’ was the joking way she always put it. The Judge was my grandfather on my father’s side and mom had always found him intimidating for his stature in the community and the legal world. I hurried to his apartment in the city on the tail of a long shift at work.

Truth was I felt a little bit frightened about what he might want to see me about. The large, hale man who was my grandfather had lost vitality shockingly fast in the last few years since my grandmother passed, and he stopped working. Every time someone called me about the Judge, I couldn’t help but think that at some point that call would be to tell me his health had taken a final turn for the worse and he was gone, and all his wisdom, stories and generosity would have passed out of reach forever. Continue reading

Satan Is My Co-Host

Wake up with Sean-O in the Morn-O on 2SIN on the dawn of the Biblical Apocalypse, as Satan begins his seven year reign over the wretched sinners left behind in the Post-Rapture world, and demons and the living dead scoured the blasted earth. With news, weather, traffic, celebrity updates and your chance to win a Sean-O in the Morn-O t-shirt, and a great Tower of Babel Records pack, valued at over twelve dollars!

‘Growing Up Gayby’

Interview I did a few weeks ago for 2SER regarding Growing Up Gayby, first in a series of documentaries by young filmmakers on ABC2. One of the biggest arguments about gay marriage in Australia of course being the old chestnut that kids need both a mother and a father figure. To challenge that Maya Newell, who I really admire, herself raised by two mothers, went about interviewing some of the kids actually “affected” by having two loving parents of the same sex as well as some of gay marriage’s biggest opponents like Fred Niles. Anyway, we had a nice chat about the issues and about making the documentary,

You can have a listen here, if you’d like,

Hopefully some of the same stuff we’ll be tackling at the Trans-sister Digital Pop-Up in the lead up to Mardi Gras.

Finally getting the blog together so I can put some of my favourite works all in one place, getting to be a bit of a backlog. Next step, apply for work over the Summer and internships for next year, and I’m trying to get prerecords sorted for shows the next couple of weeks, gives my production team a well-deserved break. Hectic!

Mobile Phones and Social Media

Does it feel like you just can’t put down your mobile phone sometimes? Do you have hundreds of Facebook friends you’ve never met in real life? Then you might need to listen to this feature by Sean E. Britten on mobile phones and social media. Featuring Dr Andrew Campbell from University of Sydney and Tracy Howe from New South Wales’ Women’s Refuge Movement.