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The Sublime and the Intimate

The Sublime and the Intimate

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen
Reviewed: Moon Sugar, Angela Meyer, Transit Lounge Grief and love are at the heart of Angela Meyer’s second novel, Moon Sugar. Grief—for potential lives that may never come to fruition, for lost loves and futures, for friends who have slipped ...
Acts of Love

Acts of Love

Vanessa Francesca
Reviewed: Iris, Fiona Kelly McGregor, Picador A notable figure during the 1930s to 1950s, Iris Webber was a busker, petty thief and ‘sly grog’ seller who was implicated in a number of violent crimes in Sydney’s underworld. Later, she also ...
A Votive Manifesto

A Votive Manifesto

Imogen Dewey
Reviewed: The Lovers, Yumna Kassab, Ultimo Press What is love? This is the question Yumna Kassab’s third book poses, amongst others: is it ever really about other people? Is it possible to love and stay free? To make it last? ...
Sunken Geographies, Unearthed Geologies

Sunken Geographies, Unearthed Geologies

Zowie Douglas-Kinghorn, Zowie Douglas-Kinghorn
Summer 2022
Reviewed: Ben Walter, What Fear Was, Puncher & Wattmann A scintillating collection of short fiction, Ben Walter’s What Fear Was is as textured and elemental as the rocks that act as the namesake of his debut novella Conglomerate (which reappears ...
Good Reading

Good Reading

Ellen O'Brien
Summer 2022
Reviewed: Diana Reid, Love & Virtue, Ultimo Press What makes campus life so captivating? The things that draw me to it are the same things that repulse me. For a brief moment I lived within the sheltered walls of a ...
Tuổi Trẻ Thiếu Tình Thương

Tuổi Trẻ Thiếu Tình Thương

May Ngo
Summer 2022
Inherited trauma and violence in Cabramatta Reviewed: Tracey Lien, All That’s Left Unsaid, HQ 'Don’t look at them,’ my grandfather said to me. He had caught me staring at a couple who had just walked in. I must have been ...
Timing is a Strange Thing

Timing is a Strange Thing

Maria Danuco
Summer 2022
Reviewed: Mia Alvar, In the Country, Knopf When I began reading Mia Alvar’s In the Country I was in the midst of an identity crisis. I felt that something was missing. My whole life I had been asking the question: am ...
Drift Mode

Drift Mode

Isabella Gullifer-Laurie
Reviewed: Googlecholia, Michael Farrell, Giramondo In the 1990s the artist Janet Zweig made a series of sculptures out of rather rudimentary machines: small computers were fed little bits of data, which was then printed out as text on long sheets ...
A Life Not Lived

A Life Not Lived

Tinashe Jakwa
Reviewed: Love and Other Rituals, Monica Macansantos, Grattan Street Press At some point during the span of our lives, we wonder about the ways we’ve led it. The lost loves we pine for long after they have faded.  Lonely nights ...
Quiet Leviathans

Quiet Leviathans

Ned Hirst
Reviewed: Limberlost, Robbie Arnott, Text Publishing Robbie Arnott’s third novel, Limberlost, begins by describing a whale that has gone mad and is destroying fishing boats. Some locals postulate that the whale’s aggression stems from it having been harpooned in the ...
Friendship, Polyamory, Precarity

Friendship, Polyamory, Precarity

Dion Kagan
Reviewed: People Who Lunch, Sally Olds, Upswell ‘I’m not couching this in Marxist terms incidentally’, Sally Olds writes in this collection’s third essay. The ironically-titled ‘For Discussion and Resolution’ is a critical history of experiments with post-work and polyamory—ultimately demonstrating ...
Agent Provocateur

Agent Provocateur

Vanessa Francesca
Reviewed: Provocations: New and Selected Writing, Jeff Sparrow, NewSouth Publishing Jeff Sparrow's collection of essays, Provocations, shows every era contains more possibilities that the tropes many lean on to tell its stories. The former editor of Overland shows dexterity across ...
Against Control

Against Control

Imogen Dewey
Reviewed: This Devastating Fever, Sophie Cunningham, Ultimo Press There’s a note at the front of Bird, Sophie Cunningham’s 2008 novel, which explains that she was at the time editing Meanjin and ‘working on a novel This Devastating Fever, about Leonard ...
Long Live the Short Story

Long Live the Short Story

Maks Sipowicz
Reviewed: New Australian Fiction 2022, Kill Your Darlings (ed. Suzy Garcia) A consistent theme in recent discussions of literary trends—at least on Twitter—is the massive surge in popularity of shorter forms of literary writing. Considering the recent highlights among Australian ...
Women Rule in Modern Gothic

Women Rule in Modern Gothic

Charle Malycon, Charle Malycon
Reviewed: Cautionary Tales for Excitable Girls, Anne Casey-Hardy, Scribner   Don’t let the title of this book scare you off. Its tongue-in-cheek tone, persistent throughout the collection, counters its terrifying tales. Spine-tingling but never descending into graphic violence, the hauntings ...