August 2016

Zero K by Don Delillo book cover

Zero K: The Poetry of Alien Places

In Zero K DeLillo brilliantly balances the wildly different scales of his subject matter...

The Orchid Nursery Louise Katz Cover

Browsing the Aisles: A Foray into Speculative Fiction

My research and reading confirmed what I’d suspected all along: most interesting texts don’t fall into easy categories.

Indirect Speech: Contemporary Writing in Cambodia

Oppression and control of writers and literature has been a standard measure of social and cultural life in Cambodia for a thousand years at least, but since the last elections in 2013 there has been the appearance of change.

Word Migrants Hazel Smith Cover

Discomfort Enacted In Writing

What we are meant to think about are words, about the capacity of language to do other than what it seems to be doing.

Brett Whiteley: Art, life and the other thing

Art, Life and the Other Thing

A parallel narrative to the rise of Whiteley as an artist is the detailed account of his sexual promiscuity and his growing dependence on alcohol and drugs.

July 2016

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What Can We Possibly Think That We Will Come to Know?

[The Media and the Massacre] is, in fact, something more fragile and rare … a journalist meditating thoughtfully, and at length, on acts of journalism.

Kirsten Tranter Hold

Something Beyond The Natural

Precisely how we are to understand the room and its relationship to Shelley’s consciousness is never clear, and becomes less clear with each new encounter between the world within and outside its walls.

Journey to Hourseshoe Bend THG Strehlow cover

To Know Is To Live: On Strehlow’s Journey to Horseshoe Bend

The most inspired writing in Journey to Horseshoe Bend is in Strehlow’s narratives of ‘storied land’. Many ancestral stories relating to animals — wallabies, emus, fish, birds, snakes — are lucidly and meaningfully given.

Paul Robeson The Artist as Revolutionary cover

The Artist as Revolutionary: Remembering Robeson

In this excellent new book, [Horne] identifies Robeson as a neglected precursor to the modern Civil Rights movement.

Towards the Equator by Alex Skovron

Alex Skovron: A Sweeping Range

Skovron’s work falls across a number of complex cultural modes. While he has many important things to say about the migrant experience, he also has much to say about more general issues relating to human ontology, as well as to his experience of living in Sydney and Melbourne.

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June 2016

Some Rain Must Fall Knausgaard Cover1

Poor Karl Ove! Knausgaard’s selfie-as-novel

But can this Nordic Untermensch keep us interested?

On Happiness: New Ideas for the Twenty-First Century

Not Suffering, Not Melancholy

Happiness, perhaps more than any other experience, is defined in the negative.

This Little University Went To Market

Ben Etherington on the Hills Hoist effect and the reification of HECS

Photo: Jason Tong

James Bradley: Fitting the Pieces Together

‘All books are a combination of R&D and crowd pleasing.’

Ariel by Sylvia Plath

A Note from the Editor

A new website, funding success, and a bevy of emerging critics.