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September, 2008


A few moments of history, horror, and Kafka in Prague

This is an edited extract from an essay I am working on about my trip to Europe early this year. I have never seen buildings so old. The aged stone of Edinburgh or Venice, the disturbingly mismatched architecture of London, Oslo and Berlin. Ancient blackened churches rise out of the steel, gripping defiantly to tradition. The [...]

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Helen Garner’s The Spare Room left me staring at the wall

Text Publishing, 2008, 9781921351396 (Aus, US) The Spare Room left me staring at the wall of my bedroom. The illness of Nicola, the anger of Helen - a few weeks pass in a few reading hours, simply told but infinite. I stare at the wall and realise this novel will take hold of me over the years. [...]

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Welcome Lit-lovers

Welcome to the new home of LiteraryMinded. There are a lot of technical things still being worked out so bear with me while I work out wonky spacing and the like – I’ll also liven up the menu options to the right soon. I am completing my honours thesis at the moment so I’m just [...]

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From Unpublished to Published

How satisfying it is to be right about a book! Amy Vought Barker has been awarded the Queensland Premier’s Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript for Omega Park. You might remember Amy from my series of ‘Best Unpublished Books’ posts, and my strong support for her creative, experimental project Remix My Lit, which is still up [...]

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David Foster Wallace

Many have blogged about the incredibly sad suicide of David Foster Wallace. I didn’t know what to say at first because it is only through his death that I have come to him and his obviously amazing work. I found the nature of this encounter sad and strange. But I have learnt a lot over [...]

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Late Connections by Aileen La Tourette

2008, Ilura Press, 978921325052 It’s a shame to read a story that feels as though it has been wrestled into the wrong medium. Aileen La Tourette’s Late Connections might have made a good dramatic play with its style, overt exposition, and historical setting. We begin in Paris, where seamstress Annie Doulard works on the dress [...]

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What I Did on Indigenous Literacy Day

On Wednesday September 3, booksellers, publishers and members of the public got involved with Indigenous Literacy Day. Of books sold on the day from participating retailers 10% was donated to the Indigenous Literacy Project. Around the country, various events and fundraisers were also held. My colleague Katie, and I, attended an event at the State [...]

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Join the Revolution! An interview with Antony Loewenstein on The Blogging Revolution

The Blogging Revolution, Melbourne University Press, September (Aus/US), 9780522854909 The bloggers and dissidents that Antony Loewenstein meets up with in The Blogging Revolution are from repressive regimes Iran, Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Cuba and China. Some face torture and imprisonment for speaking out – not just about political issues, but on details of their social [...]

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Melbourne Writers Festival 2008 Diary – Part 3

Saturday August 30 I’ve known for years I have to do something about the fact I’ve only read three of John Marsden’s books. And now he’s gone and adapted my favourite Shakespeare tragedy Hamlet. Unmissable. Especially when he talked with such genuine passion about his influences in the session ‘Old Wine in New Bottles’ on [...]

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Stefan Laszczuk on I Dream of Magda

I Dream of Magda, August 08 (Australia) Allen & Unwin, 9781741755015 (Aus, US/Kindle) This interview was first published in the July 2008 issue of BOOKSELLER+PUBLISHER magazine (c) 2008 Thorpe-Bowker (a division of RR Bowker LLC).  See also the review.  You describe it beautifully in the book, but can you tell us a little bit about [...]

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