johannes klabbers : writing

We work in the dark — we do what we can — we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task.
-Henry James (The Middle Years)

I wrote a book called I Am Here and work on, what I hope will be, a second book is progressing slowly.

I write a regular column for the Australian literary e-journal Tincture in 2017 and I've written for the Observer Magazine/Guardian Online and mumsnet. I've been published in Black Inc's Best Australian Stories edited by Frank Moorhouse. A previous version of me was an artist and academic and I reviewed exhibitions, wrote catalogue essays and published academic papers and, with Anna Poletti, I co-edited an issue of M/C on the theme of doubt.

I occasionally publish things on medium where I also write and edit, a fledgling online writing/publishing space for exploring (the idea of) postfiction.

I've had a blog, ephemera, on and off for over 20 years. It began on Dairyland in 1995 before moving to Blogspot, then Blogger and since then it's lived on... let's see... posterous, livejournal, wordpress, tumblr as well as my own server spaces, until it went on extended leave a few years ago. Today I blog using Simplenote and ephemera is the name of a public OneNote notebook where I sometimes archive things I find on the web that other people might be interested in too. If you're really interested, my instapaper favourites are here and my public pinboard bookmarks are here.

I have mixed feelings about social media (who doesn't?) but I sometimes tweet as @johklab and/or @posthumanet, and I have a public page on Facebook as well as a Talking about death and dying Facebook page, where I post things from time to time.

At the Pompidou, 2011.

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