thomas m wilson

Unity with the Land

January 9th, 2007


Earth Man.

(Actually it is my friend Danny Cummings a few years ago in Byron Bay, east coast Australia.)

I recently discovered a drawing by Paul Livingston, author of Australia’s most sadly neglected comic novel The Dirt Bath (buy a copy if you find one), which continues this theme of finding union with the Earth.

Livingston accompanies his drawing with some humorous words on the habit of sunbaking.

After heeding Livingston I will never look at Australian beaches in the same way again:

‘I believe this irrational behaviour is a subconscious attempt by displaced Anglo-Australians to get in touch with the land. One only has to witness the hordes of white flesh basting on the beach to realise that these people have a deeply repressed need to become a desert.’