Naomi Riddle

Naomi Riddle is the founding editor of Running Dog. She has written for Guernica Magazine, Oberon, Blonde Art Books, Sydney Review of Books, Das Platforms Online and HTMLgiant among others. Naomi is currently studying a Masters of International Relations at the University of Sydney, specialising in US Foreign Policy. Naomi holds a PhD in Australian Literature from the University of New South Wales (2015) and her work on the Australian author Elizabeth Harrower has been published in Southerly.

On Rain

By Naomi Riddle — 29 March, 2021

“About an hour ago she surfaced and shook her arms and peered around and dived again and surfaced and saw someone and dived again and surfaced.” Alice Oswald, Nobody (2019)   “Where there is no room for reflection, there is none either for justice or prudence.” Simone Weil, ‘The Iliad or The Poem of Force’…

On Crows

By Naomi Riddle — 27 November, 2020

‘Perfect devices: doctors, ghosts, crows. We can do things other characters can’t, like eat sorrow, un-birth secrets and have theatrical battles with language and God. I was friend, excuse, deus ex machina, joke, symptom, figment, spectre, crutch, toy, phantom, gag, analyst and babysitter.’ Max Porter, Grief is the thing with feathers (2015)   In February,…

On Writing and Not Writing

By Naomi Riddle — 30 September, 2020

‘It was a time governed by contradictions, as in I felt nothing and I was afraid.’ Louise Glück, ‘Landscape’, Averno (2006) ‘When I say ‘I,’ when I say ‘my,’ I am behaving like a fruitfully messy lump.’ Wayne Koestenbaum, Figure It Out (2020)    Two weeks ago, I injured my right knee. Now, when I…

Audio Excerpts

By Naomi Riddle — 27 August, 2020

This is a selection of audio excerpts from Crowd the Revolution and is best listened to with headphones.    Speakers (in order): Naomi Riddle, ‘Introduction’, Crowd the Revolution, (Running Dog 2020)  Nikki Lam, ‘Departure for a Disjointed Reality’, Crowd the Revolution, (Running Dog 2020)  Hana Pera Aoake & Morgan Godfery, ‘Manafesto (After Miriama Aoake)’, Crowd the…

On Repair

By Naomi Riddle — 29 May, 2020

‘Quarantine didn’t just take things away; it revealed—with a harsh, unrelenting clarity—what had already been lost.’ Leslie Jamison, ‘When the world went away, we made a new one’, New York Times Magazine, (19/05/20)   The world of Covid-19 is a world where Donald J. Trump rolls the dice on a re-election bid and decides 100,000…

On Waiting

By Naomi Riddle — 31 March, 2020

‘In this moment, we have been asked to mitigate being numerous together. Solidarity in the pandemic, for those in my position, is situated in not making things worse; this we can choose.’ Natasha Lennard, ‘After the Quarantine, the Flood’, Commune, (2020) ‘Go back to Tolstoy, forget the dystopias you got second-hand from crappy TV, say…

On Pencils

By Naomi Riddle — 28 February, 2020

‘The space between art for others and art for the self must be simultaneous, contradictory, vulnerable: slanted.’ Terrance Hayes, To Float in the Space Between (2018), p. 113-4     I am not writing to you about Bridget McKenzie or the sports rort scandal or pork barrelling. I am not writing to you about ministerial…

Cornelia Parker:

A Retrospective

By Naomi Riddle — 21 February, 2020

The Museum of Contemporary Art’s summer exhibition, Cornelia Parker, is a retrospective of the celebrated British artist’s work. Parker is the tenth artist to feature in the Sydney International Art Series—an initiative undertaken in partnership with the NSW Government to bring internationally recognised artists to Australian audiences. Parker is best known for her large-scale installations,…

On Disintegration

By Naomi Riddle — 29 November, 2019

‘Data is the new big ‘cheap thing’—the new commodity class that is emerging to reshape the world and provide a new arena for accumulation and enclosure.’ Kelly Pendergrast, ‘The Next Big Cheap’, Real Life (2019) ‘We were lost in a language of images. It was growing difficult to speak. Yet talk Was everywhere.’ Ariana Reines,…