I can’t remember who or why, but I know that I once knew someone who made a point of collecting different editions of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. The vague memory leapt back to mind recently when Eve, a traveller, came up to the counter with what was possibly her twelfth or thirteenth copy of Antoine De Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince. Turns out Eve buys a copy wherever she finds one, in whatever country she’s in, a tradition that developed while traipsing through various central European nations.
“I already have one in English,” Eve said, “but I might as well get this one from Australia.” Having been regaled with tales of Shakespeare and Company, the legendary bookshop at 37 rue de la Bucherie in the 5th arrondissement of Paris – a shop that stamps every book that passes through it with the store logo – I offered to similarly turn the title page into a ‘Desire Books and Records’ frontispiece, which pleased Eve. And Eve agreed to pose for a photo with the book, which pleased me.
Tuesday 10 July (evening): Writers Rumble - the return of the Desire Books & Records writers group.
Wednesday 11 July (evening): Tesla Metamorphosis – author talk with Anya Petrovic.
Thursday 12 July (day): Tarot at Desire hosted by Bohomofo
Thursday 12 July (evening): Life Drawing.
Friday 20 July (morning): Tell Me A Story – children’s story time.
Tuesday 24 July (evening): The Life and Work of Vince Vozzo – artist talk and film presentation with Vince Vozzo.
Tuesday 31st July (evening): Jump the Shark - Bonfire @ Desire Open Mic Night
Tuesday 7 August (evening): Shamanic Healing Practices – Burning Desire with Louis Gilmore.
Writers Rumble Returns
Writers Rumble is a group for aspiring writers of all levels and genres to come share, discuss and review each other’s work.
We aim to provide a safe environment for valid criticism while supporting your creativity and growth as a writer.
Writers Rumble is hosted by Desire Books and Records at the shop, 3/3 Whistler St, Manly, on the second Tuesday of every month.
Our next session will be on 10 July at 7pm.
Bring 6-8 copies of something you're working on, and the group will kindly-yet-thoroughly polish your work until it shines like the moon.
If you’re coming to the next session, please email Kiah Daly so that we know how many we’ll have.
Anya Petrovic, the founder of Tesla Metamorphosis®, internationally recognised teacher, healer and author, will share her story. You will have an opportunity to experience these amazing new frequencies, and to learn how you also, can harnesses the powers legendary inventor, Nikola Tesla, worked with.
On the quest to understand miracles, the book Tesla Metamorphosis - Heal and Evolve, reveals new knowledge. The answers are found in pioneering scientific research, and also in ancient wisdom. The subject of this book is expanded to understanding the healing phenomena in general, merging science and spirituality. The spirit of Nikola Tesla is imbued throughout this book, giving it a new dimension.
Anya explains: “This story is real. I live this story. It awakened a curious child in me again. This all started like a fairy tale, the fairy tale which was later scientifically confirmed.”
Tesla Metamorphosis® attracts great interest because:
Clients report healings from many diseases that are considered incurable , such as cancer, AIDS, lupus, spine injuries, chronic fatigue syndrome, even healings from physically damaged spine and birth deformities. Healings happen after only three sessions. TESTIMONIALS
Tesla Waves, unique for this modality, enhance the evolution of human consciousness. That explains how, in Tesla Metamorphosis® seminars, all students manage to create communication with clients on the level of the conscious, subconscious and integrative mind, though they were not aware of such their abilities before.
Some new phenomena connected to Tesla Metamorphosis®
Our next Children’s Story Time takes place Friday 20 July and continuing on the third Friday of each month thereafter. This is specifically designed for the kids who aren’t at school or kindy, to attend with their mums (or dads/grannies/nannies/au pairs/pops/memaw/governesses/fairy godmothers), with stories, sing-a-longs and some audience participation.
If you’ve got a child, or know someone else who does, who’d be interested, please let them know. (And let us know if they/you are coming.)
Australian sculptor Vince Vozzo will be speaking at Desire Books & Records regarding his excellent art anthology, VOZZO: The Life and Work of Vince Vozzo. The book charts the journey of a second-generation Italian kid from the Western suburbs of Sydney — from dyslexic, cartoon-obsessed school boy to sand sculptor on Bondi beach, to art student, and, finally, prolific and acclaimed artist.
This event will feature a 30-minute ABC documentary that focuses on the artist and his life, entitled Chipping Away.
In a career spanning three decades, Vozzo has exhibited in 32 solo exhibitions and produced thousands of artworks in different mediums. His work has been included in 36 prize exhibitions and with eight selections in the prestigious Wynne Prize, Vozzo holds the record for a sculptor in that competition. His work is represented in private and public collections in Australia, Europe, USA and Asia.
Vozzo’s giant slabs of imported Italian marble form the basis for his most spectacular work, including The Last Desire, which is the largest piece of single-handedly carved marble in Australia.
On the night: presentation begins at 7:30pm.
Entry by gold coin donation.
More info here.
Gotta love teenagers. They think they’re invincible. Take, for example, a certain 18-year-old Ralph Samuelson. Way back in 1922, before the term ‘teenager’ was even invented, Samuelson had an idea. Perhaps others had also had the same idea. But foolhardy Samuelson did something no other person had done: he put it into action. On 31st July 29, Ralph Samuelson was the first person to wear his skis. In the water. And so water skiing was invented.
As our next Bonfire @ Desire Open Mic Night falls on Tuesday 31st July, we’ve decided to acknowledge Samuelson’s historic hi-jinks. But whatever you know about the term ‘jump the shark’ and its origins (that season five episode of Happy Days in which the Fonz, clad in customary leather jacket, also donned water skis and swimming trunks, and jumped a shark!) know this also: Henry Winkler, who played the Fonz, can actually water ski. For realsies. He was, in fact, a water ski instructor.
So, as ever: you don’t have to adhere to the theme if you want to perform on the night. Anything you want to share is what we want to enjoy.
But if you do want to reference the theme, think:
Extreme sea food;
Changes of direction (disastrous or otherwise);
Bizarrely successful inventions;
On the night: show begins 8pm sharp.
Performers: arrive 7:30pm even if you intend to be on in the second half.
Order of performance = order of arrival and registration.
Entry by gold coin donation.