How do you know if you're a hypocrite?

Gee what a charmer what the Prison Officer told her is right, it is good to read this I remember her claims about Hillsong Church and at the time I believed them well now I don't. I believe Hillsong completely. - Ted

Saw this comment at the end of the Illawarra Mercury's interview about The Book.  The photo is so appalling, I wouldn't think much of her either but that's another thread.

I'm glad Ted brought it up, because someone was going to. Can you claim to have an expertise in one area, yet announce to the world you believed an armed robber when he said "I love you?"  This hesitation dragged the manuscript out for way longer than I wanted to. But am I a hypocrite or just a human?

While writing, I worried if one stance would invalidate the other, as Ted tells us it has. Or would they provide insight into the confusing complexity that is life as I, for one, know it to be? The inconsistency, unpredictability, and disappointments that accompany being human and having interactions with others of the species intrigues me. As Don Henley put it, 'The more I know, the less I understand, all the things I thought I figured out, I had to learn again.'  Amen, Eagle. There's gonna be a heartache tonight, I know.

Hillsong barely reacted to People In Glass Houses, saying that they couldn't control what other people wrote. The followers, though, are vocal about my evils. I expected this talk about love and jail and the department of Corrective services to get nasty. Prisons take themselves about as seriously as religions do.  There'll be more to follow.

So the question is: does admission of weakness in one area negate your strengths? And do we expect these same standards from ourselves, the people we know, or only for those who place themselves righteously above us all- the preachers and the politicians?

Father Bob n John Safran are Ubercool


When the Hillsong book came out, I had the wonderful opportunity to go on Sunday Night Safran and be interviewed by the dynamic duo.  That was 2007 and I have no links to this at present. Take my word for it though, it was tops.

With Crimwife, it's at a point now where I've told a lot about myself now, so I figure there's no interview too much more embarrassing than what I've committed to print so far.  So that's been good in the way that I'm not feeling like I'm jumping out of a plane at 30,000 feet the way I did with the whole Enough Rope episode.

So I've been turning up to the ABC studio for interviews, not so nervous as I was.  And I'm a little bit calmer so I can listen closer it seems. Every host has individual viewpoints and questions on controversy.  But you only know them from the radio. It all changes when it's your life they're talking about after the 2pm news.

As a guest  in the studio, you have headphones on and you go from being an audience member to being a part of their show which is so different, suddenly. You listen to the show broadcast as if it is merely people at work, and you relate to them as colleagues on a project, even for those few minutes.

And that's where it struck me last week talking to these fine men, John and Bob. They really are good guys. I walked away from the interview all smiley faced that smart, incisive, compassionate, empathetic humans spent that time chatting with me. They could have talked about anything, stripped it right down, come from any angle. Listen to their queries. They warmed my heart :)

This is the link to the audio.  The Crimwife bit is from about 48:00 mark, but all their work, their shows, strategic, quirky and comedic is worth every minute of your time.  It's obvious why their show is still a big winner, if this is how they make their guests feel.

the ABC likes Crimwife

James Valentine

James Valentine

Lots of interviews with the ABC. Like 8 or something. They can't get enough of Crimwife. It's interesting times. Every host asks different questions. But they're all a bit befuddled as to what a nice girl like me would want to talk about jail like this.

I've been doing lots of them via the ABC studio in Wollongong and I'm convinced that if I just go back a few times, they'll give me a job. A radio show. A desk. It smells nice and there's air conditioning, and the people wear shoes. It's very posh for Wollongong; maybe the town's best kept secret. We have had some occasional technical hiccups, like in this interview, but the show goes on.  But as you know, we give and give in this business till there is no more left, and then we keep on giving. 

Here's the link to James Valentine's show, the part where I went on anyway. I like it how they call the relationship "unfathomable, but incredibly interesting". Reminds me of the rest of my life.