Irrational Hatreds #1. Tim Winton

Someone, I think it was AGB labelled my anti Tim Winton sentiment as an irrational hatred. I like that as a label, especially as I really don’t know why he just shits me so much. He’s like a John “Bono” Butler without the American accent. He can turn out a nice sentence, although I thought that Cloud Street was sort of like fake WA nostalgia. I haven’t really got anything to base my irrational hatred on. I’m passionately against his idea for Hyde Park Lakes being turned into a dugong sanctuary, despite the fact that I made that up myself. Since I usually only like original photos, I haven’t had any entre into specific anti Wintoning. Richarbl has sent a picture of the Cover of Cloud Street which does look pretty bad, (particularly that sticker) so I guess I’ll have to go with that. Thanks Richarbl.winton

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213 Responses to Irrational Hatreds #1. Tim Winton

  1. shazza says:

    2 of richarbls hobbies in 1. Reading Winton and photography.

    I understand the irrational hatred thing. I feel the same way about Kylie Gillies, Toni Perron, Alex lloyd, Daryl Sommers, Kylie Minogue. I could go on. I have a lot of hate.


  2. Frank Calabrese says:

    I agree – I think he’s one of these tofu eating Soy Latte Green types as well :-) And the TV adaption of Lockie Leonard – talk about continuity errors with “Sarge” still wearing the Khaki Police uniform, despite it being phased out by Dr Karl.


  3. curious says:

    great writer.

    bloody awful cover.


  4. Tony T says:

    It was indeed me: No.39.

    I’m impressed you have Winton at No.1. You must really irrationally hate him. Must be a WA thing.

    Fingers crossed Nine serves up a 20-1 Irrational Hatreds. Be fun watching the fake experts – Tottie, Luttsy, Sammi, Kelly, Georgi, Tommy, Erika(y) – talk about themselves.


    • Actually #1 is just a time thing. my number one would be Macca on a Sunday morning. Fuck he shits me.


      • Frank Calabrese says:

        But he is a god to the ABC Rural listeners though – which says a lot considering they voted for Brendan Grylls to have Colon Bayonet by the Kahunas over Rorts for Regions.


      • CB One says:

        Co-sign. Fucking Macca. The worst thing about Macca is I always forget he’s on until after I’ve turned on the radio. After 10am I just black out all memory of his existence until the following Sunday when it all happens again.


      • Bento says:

        The inability to get his fucking theme song out of my head ratchets up the shitme rating to 11.


        • Winton has a theme tune? Oh you mean Macca. Looks like I should have gone with him first.


        • Bento says:

          As anticipated, I have not been able to get the line “And he shakes it just like a maraca” out of my head all day.

          Any chance John Ritter is going to make the list? I fucking hate John Ritter with a burning passion. Don’t think he didn’t get a ‘good riddance’ when he finally popped his humourless clogs.

          Russell Goodrick? Danny Katz? Robin Williams? The guy who used to live upstairs from me who wees directly into the toilet water, rather than bouncing it off the bowl?


      • Cimbali says:

        Yes Yes Yes!!!! My most hated thing of all time. If I ever find some one has maliciously set the radio station so I will accidently hear any part of that show when I turn the car on – I have to syringe out my ears.
        Possibly I should insert those ear candle things that you stick in your ears then set fire to in order to fully expunge him!
        Or maybe someone should insert ear candles straight into Macca


      • Rolly says:

        Now you’re being rational.


  5. Tony T says:

    Now you’re talking.

    Read here.

    “I love trains.”


  6. skink says:

    surely the reason he shits you is because of the parochial jingoism from the media that accompanies everything he does.

    because he is from WA, and writes about local places, it is considered unpatriotic to suggest that he might not be that good a writer. Robert Drewe is protected by the same halo, and I notice his name on Winton’s book. Everyone read Craig Silvey’s ‘Rhubarb’ just because it was about Freo, but you were met with hushed silence if you dared suggest it was a bit sophomoric.


  7. skink says:

    Oh no, they have printed another one of those ‘who is on Perth’s A-list stories”,21598,26214408-5012990,00.html

    actually, it’s the same story that The West ran last month, with Rosita Stangl trying to bignote herself. I once helped organise a party at the Art Gallery for the Islamic Exhibition. Since many of the exhibits were religious, it was a dry event and guests were asked to dress appropriately. Stangl showed up in a catsuit and moaned that she couldn’t get a drink. Fail.

    interesting that Craig Silvey is on that list, but not Winton or Drewe. Curious to see Hank Marvin described as a comedian. Some real people, then newspreaders and weather girls and the usual self-publicists


  8. skink says:

    he’s the man who has the literary world abuzz:


  9. I can’t belive I’m only on page 2 of Google Aus for “hate Tim Winton!” A lovely review of cloud street from school kiddie who also tells Winton to get his hair cut. Gold!

    …oh we were lucky enough to have to read that crap book as well :P

    and we dont have anything on it – not because we only just started it but my teacher is a dumb arse who doesn’t know ANYTHING and cna’t read, spell or answer what questions she has been asked.

    it was sooooooooooooooooooooo boring!!!!!!! like 430 pages of boringness and then we had to watch crap videos about tim winton and how he hates the new world with amterialsitic posessions. get over it dude (and get a hair cut while your at it)

    i hate ENGLISH (mainly my teacher)



  10. Caribou Bob says:

    He’s the Stangl of web publishers


  11. NVLII says:

    I pretty much hate anyone who is passionate about god, or global warming, since neither of them exist.


  12. JaneZ says:

    Tim Winton, not that great, and taken way too seriously for way too long. If he was ever any good he stopped trying long ago, due no doubt to the adulation.

    I used to like that Randolph Stow, despite the book we all had to read in high school. He could write. Never sure why WA didn’t embrace him as home grown talent.


  13. Zarquon says:

    Someone from WA other than Randolph Stow wrote a book?


  14. Big Ramifications says:

    A little while ago I Googled “Tim Winton can lick my balls” and this rather good Castle Hill based blog came up as first hit.

    Like, she’s a chick and she’s funny and she doesn’t bitch and moan about stuff all the time.

    This is not the Tim Winton entry, but it’s funnier:

    re: Winton. I think she said she’d root him even though he was fugly. Crivens!


    • Annik says:

      That’s true, I did say I would root Tim Winton. I say that about a lot of people though, then when it comes down to it, I get a headache instead.

      I love that my site came up as the first result when you included the phrase “lick my balls.” I’m gonna have a beer just to celebrate that.


  15. WAtching says:

    Prepare for a shit fight people.

    3 out of 4 assylum seekers are on welfare.

    Lazy fuckers. There’s heaps of jobs going on Christmas Island…


  16. Big Ramifications says:

    Woah! Name calling already.

    Jesus fucking Christ. I’m sure we’re gonna get a lot of valuable input from you on this. Why don’t ya take it to Andrew Bolt’s blog?


  17. WAtching says:

    Blackface? Yes.

    Lonely? Yes.

    Snack? Ouch


  18. Ljuke says:

    Youse cunts should read “Eleven Months In Bunbury” by James Ricks. It becomes a bit laboured and predictable towards the end, but the first half reads like an Australian Bukowski.


  19. ChaingeDaile says:

    NO! That novel should be blanked from the world, and it’s title too.
    “__________________________” is the most inane pile of dogbollock poseur prose I have ever had the misfrotune to read.
    And Tim WInton put it on our course requirement and I had to whore my soul finding something good to write about it or fail.
    I detest this novel. Noone under the age of 45 drinks at the Burly, let alone shags one of it’s saggy pig-tittied, yeast infested chong-busket barmaids.
    Good Gravy, that statement really raised my bile levels.


  20. ChaingeDaile says:

    Because it’s so very painful, and causes me to be physically ill if i speak it, so my memory blocked its horrible name out of my vocabulary.


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  22. curious says:

    thought you’d be really pleased to know that building 213 at curtin has been officially named the tim winton lecture theatre.

    on sunday mornings it doubles as the church of tim winton.


  23. I see that Winton and his cabal of Dugong holing corksoakers have scuttled attempts at cutting off their I’m an Auusie writer subsidies.


  24. ronggly says:

    Youse Winton-watchers should get along to this exhibition just opening today at the WA Museum “The quirky humour of the images is tinged with a sense of unease, evoking similar feelings to Winton’s novels.”


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