Nick Cave’s latest novel, is called The Death of Bunny Munro. It’s due for an August release and is published by Text Publishing. To celebrate its release Meanjin is running a long essay by Mark Mordue on the life and work of Cave in its September edition, alongside a design essay by Mary Callahan on her work designing Nick Cave Stories. The Death of Bunny Munro is about a man who sits in a hotel and masturbates fantasising about vaginas. This is the cover. The image takes the old adage that sex sells though that, in itself, isn’t the problem… [Read more]
Last week, I came across this article in the New York Observer, which effectively raises the question ‘do novelists have a duty to write more about contemporary social issues?’ Walter Benn Michaels, a professor of American literature and theory at the University of Illinois, was quoted as saying on a public panel that fiction should be more like US TV show The Wire, which for five seasons accurately portrayed various aspects of life in modern-day Baltimore, from the drug trade to the school system to the print media and so on. In an essay previously published on bookforum.com, Michaels argued… [Read more]
‘The third occasion on which he came in contact with the Feinsteins Waldo knew there was no escaping something that was being prepared. Mrs Feinstein’s formal note deliberately arranged it for the Saturday. So that you are able to introduce us to your brother, the writing ended underlined.’
From the Meanjin archives, fiction by Patrick White first published in 1965.