Moby-Dick – how to say anything new about such a book? I can’t really. All I can say is why it’s a constant in my life – why, for me, it’s endlessly rich. I’ve been reading it again lately, for various reasons, as I have in the past. My father My father recommended Moby-Dick to me when I was bored one day. I might have been fourteen at the time. I can see it in his hand, a small red Everyman edition, now mine; for him, a sort of escape he had saved for and bought as a teenager in […]
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I’ve heard people say that doing a PhD can permanently kill your interest in the topic of your study. Not for me. I had the good fortune to pick a topic where there’s never a dull moment: overseas commercial surrogacy. Six months after I started my PhD, two surrogacy scandals broke in Thailand; one involving abandoned twin Baby Gammy, the other a Japanese businessman alleged to have fathered 19 children by Thai surrogates. This was followed by news of another twin born through surrogacy abandoned by his Australian parents in India. More recently, there was the arrest in Cambodia of […]
We only had news of this this morning: that John Clarke has died, aged 68. There is much to be said about this wonderful gentle and achingly creative man. And I’m guessing that will flow pretty quickly now from the many people who knew, loved and admired him. For our part we’d just like to offer some of the last words he wrote for Meanjin. They were, in his typical way, superbly crafted and full of the luminescence of his unmatchable wit. John Clarke’s Commonplace column for Summer Meanjin 2016. John Clarke’s Commonplace column for Autumn Meanjin 2017.
I recently returned from the Goa Arts and Literature Festival (GALF) in India. The festival was full of writers I knew and loved, and writers I didn’t know whose work I chanced upon. Here are just a few of the treasures from GALF 2016 that would have been hard to find in Australia. – I encountered the work of Abeer Y. Hoque for the first time at GALF when I bought her memoir Olive Witch (2016), and her collection of short stories The Lovers and the Leavers (2014). Olive Witch is the story of Hoque’s many journeys, between Nigeria, Bangladesh, […]
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