This year has been many, many things. For Meanjin it’s been a year of fine writing and provocative ideas. We’ve published the work of more than 150 Australian writers this year, in our trademark blend of essay, fiction, memoir and poetry. Big names and small. From Gerald Murnane, Alexis Wright, Clive James, John Clarke, Hannah Kent and Anna Funder to emerging voices like Alice Bishop, Nike Sulway, Ben Walter, Eleanor Gordon-Smith and Beejay Silcox. We think a Meanjin subscription is good value at $20 an issue home delivered, and we’ve been rewarded by growing sales month by month. Those sales […]
‘Foal’s Bread was not the kind of novel which could be knocked together in a year of unpaid leave.’ Jane Jervis-Read on Gillian Mears.
Richard Flanagan cuts loose and flies his politics at the ABIA Awards.
Matthew Clayfield asks if the coward punch is the ‘punch for our times’.
‘Unfortunately Mr Carman credits the statement to an ‘Alfred Whitehead’, though which one of many famous Alfred Whiteheads he fails to tell us’ John Tranter responds to an essay by Luke Carman.
Melanie Basta talks to Tegan Bennett Daylight and Jennifer Down about whether or not women’s writing is actually ‘feminine’.
The violence at the heart of masculinity Within days of becoming prime minister in September 2015, Malcolm Turnbull was on television declaring ‘Real men don’t hit women’. This sentiment drives what the Prime Minister has called a ‘zero tolerance’ approach that will ‘eradicate’ violence against women in Australia. Following his announcement, media commentators described his stand against violence as ‘strong’, ‘hard’1 and a ‘scathing attack’.2 Not coincidentally, these are the very qualities of masculinity that the phrase ‘real men don’t hit women’ evokes: unyielding, aggressive and primed to use violence in the defence of women. The prospect that the problem of […]
A case of botanical and human separations and reconnections by Stuart Cooke
Fatima Measham asks what it means to become an Australian citizen
The Piping Shrike on the curious end of representative democracy
Poets with different perspectives, but each with the power of evocation, by Martin Langford
On culture and its aftermath, by Kevin Brophy