And what, we hear you ask, were the 20 most-popular reads on the Meanjin website through 2018? Here you go. What a delightful, provocative, engaging, and thoughtful selection. Well done Meanjin readers, you chose well. 1. Jane Gilmour: What I learned About Poverty https://meanjin.com.au/essays/what-i-learned-about-poverty/ 2. Emma Pitman: Misogyny is a Human Pyramid https://meanjin.com.au/blog/misogyny-is-a-human-pyramid/ 3. Bruce Pascoe: Australia—Temper and Bias https://meanjin.com.au/essays/11312/ 4. Margaret Simons: Michelle Guthrie—Why She Went https://meanjin.com.au/blog/michelle-guthrie-why-she-went/ 5. Mark Pesce: The Last Days of Reality https://meanjin.com.au/essays/the-last-days-of-reality/ 6. Liz Duck-Chong: We Need To Talk About Tom Ballard https://meanjin.com.au/blog/we-need-to-talk-about-tom-ballard/ 7. Katharine Murphy: The Political Life Is No Life At All […]
Ten years old. Innocent. I pick up the saxophone and puff out a playful tune. Twenty years old. A high-achieving student. I’m mid-way through my classical music training at university. I play the same phrase again and again, aiming for the same goal as all the others: (unattainable) perfection. The balance between study, practice, work, and life is grueling. The competition is crushing. The support networks are absent. Elitism is ingrained. We don’t make it easy on each other. We don’t make it easy on ourselves. An accident puts an abrupt end to my burgeoning performance career, years too soon. […]
If you haven’t had a chance to listen to our December Meanjin podcast episode, we highly recommend that you do so now. The episode features Jonathan Green chatting with author Robert Lukins and library director, writer and critic Justine Hyde about reading habits, book recommendations, and how the discussions of book-loving communities have enriched their reading lives. We were also lucky enough to receive summer reading recommendations from 17 of our favourite writers. Have a look at the list below, but make sure you tune in to the podcast to hear more discussion. Michael Mohammed Ahmad— Cicada by […]
I have opened the door and stepped into the beginnings of my old age, into the house of my youth. Surrounded by the smell of wood, not damp, musty perhaps, and the scent of my mother. Avon Unforgettable, floral, carnations with undertones of moss. The scent that witnessed me sneaking through her snap-shut, gold-latch handbag, caught me searching in the darkness of her wardrobe, searching for private things, searching for her lipstick. Memories of my mother’s slim ankles in stiletto shoes and her auburn-bourbon-red hair lay, hidden like Easter eggs, awaiting the joy of discovery. She is here within the […]
Of the few Indigenous Australian languages still spoken as a first language, Warlpiri is one of the most alive. My people have an earthy, often self-deprecating sense of humour. Their profound linguistic awareness leads them to invent hilarious jokes about their constant mispronunciation of English, and other Aboriginal languages, as well as the mispronunciation of Warlpiri by tin-eared English-speakers.
I promised my wife that she could throw the first stone. There’s a story called ‘The Lottery’. You might have read it. Carnage, very literary, hell of a twist, which is nothing really, not once you’ve come home late and your wife’s in bed, tears streaming down her face, and she can’t get out, not now, and you think, I know what I need to do.
The image of Australia is of a man in an open-necked shirt solemnly enjoying an ice cream. His kiddy is beside him. —Donald Horne. Have we done with the man in the open-necked shirt solemnly enjoying his ice cream? It would appear not. For a long time he was there in the flesh, as real as you or me.
Slippery vinyl, cold glass,
the old smoke of your uncle’s embrace,
pulse flamenco dancing,
as streetlights smudge to neon
in the click and hiss of an aluminium can.