Alex Miller reflects on his new novel, Autumn Laing and the people who inspired it.
Archives for December 2011
Lorin Clarke asks where now for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival?
Guy Rundle makes a case for considering pornography on the scale of human sexuality
If you use Twitter, you have probably seen the hashtag #mencallmethings coming up in your feed over the last week or two. If you don’t use Twitter, and talk of hastags and feeds causes your eyes to glaze over, then what I’m referring to is the world-wide discussion taking place about the verbal and written misogynistic abuse that women face, particularly as a result of expressing themselves online. There have already been many articles and blog posts written about the #mencallmethings discussion, but I was particularly interested in gathering some stories from Australian women. When I asked, via the Meanjin […]
New fiction from Josephine Rowe
Let’s not get away from ourselves: writing is a privilege. To pursue it as a vocation is a choice — a fiscally tough choice — but a choice, still. So let’s not whine too loudly about funding bodies, or our life choices. Still, I’m going to whine about a funding body, a bit. Currently the Australia Council is calling for applicants for emerging and established artists fellowships. They are offering a not-inconsiderable amount of money. It would be in fact, for anyone who received it, a pretty life-changing amount of money. The idea being that it can be used to […]
If nobody is reading hardcopy anymore, what are they reading? Here are some choice selections from the wide web to keep you thinking over the weekend. Geoff Dyer discusses his case of ‘reader’s block’. Cure your own reader’s block by reading Dyer on the pain and privilege of being an only child. A must read. Australian Universities want to have a conversation with you. Competitive sport for people who prefer reading. The Tournament of Books is an awful lot of fun. Google’s bid to own the sum of all human knowledge is halted, if only briefly. If Bukowski did it, […]
A collection of poetry, audio, photography and discussion around the idea of collaboration.
Lili Wilkinson on why teenagers today are the first generation of true readers.
Liam Pieper reflects on the shielding that has led to Australian peoples’ perpetual ignorance of our true history
Peter Timms on the modern Wunderkammer that is MONA
Thoughts on editing fiction from Mandy Brett