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January, 2009


‘Discomfort is sometimes what is most precious to me about great art’ – Christos Tsiolkas on The Slap

Note: This review/interview is uncensored and contains swearing. The Slap (Aus, US) is a novel that grabs you by your tender spots, squeezes, and doesn’t let go. It’s yelling, not at you, but in general frustration, at the edge of a cliff, at the end of the world. The end of the world might be [...]

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From the LiteraryMinded inbox…

I get emails quite often from people who read LM, usually a few lines saying they enjoy the blog, or letting me know about an event coming up, or a book I might be interested in. But this is by far the best ’fan’ email I have gotten, a story in itself. Michael said I could use his [...]

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Twenty-four and There’s So Much More…

F**k. I just wrote a whole post and it completely disappeared. Yes I was saving as I went. I blame the Establishment. Anyhoo. I had an energetic, positive week with a few sharp downcurves, followed by quick recoveries. Here’s a small summary. Monday – work, die hair, yoga. Tuesday – lunch w/ Krissy Kneen (yum!), [...]

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The Steele Diaries – Wendy James

Vintage, 2008, 9781740513845 Ruth comes from a line of artists, but preferred to study medicine and become a doctor like her father. When her father passes away, she is forced to leave the city and head home to arrange everything. A man called Douglas Grant calls, who had written a biography of her grandmother - bohemian artist [...]

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I’d Like to Introduce You to Two of My Favourite Poets

Sean M Whelan’s and Nathan Curnow’s poems are very different in both style and theme, but come from much the same place. Nathan captures the poignancy of childhood and the wonderment of parenthood, nostalgia and love in his chapbook No Other Life But This through tiny observations – an arm through a sleeve, a question, a coffee [...]

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Smells, Snugglepot, Springsteen Vibes, Sleepers and Stuff

Ah, to write. To do it for the joy alone. I am addicted to creating and recording. I am also addicted to discovery. How does that writer do it? How did they come up with that? How did they capture just how that feels, or what it would feel like, or how it would feel to be [...]

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I might be related to Stephenie Meyer

I keep seeing my name around lately. One thing I’m glad of is that Stephenie pronounces it the same way as me. Not Mayer, but Mier. I haven’t read the books yet. Maybe I will someday. I don’t mind the odd bit of Undead sexual tension here and there. Sure, hype can often be a turn-off. [...]

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Literary Space – Paul Morgan

Paul Morgan, author of Turner’s Paintbox, The Pelagius Book and The Art of Richard Hughes says: I have no writing room. In fact, I rarely work in the house. I feel too vulnerable to distraction there, knowing that at any moment the phone could ring or someone might knock on the door and my ‘zone’ [...]

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Overland 193

Summer 2008, ed. Jeff Sparrow, 9780980534603 Another stimulating issue of a journal that dares to challenge you. By this I don’t mean just political stimulation (thought there is plenty of that there) but through non-mainstream points of observation. Overland generally gives you a variety of pieces on topics you may not have even thought of thinking about, if you know what [...]

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The Swing, Bad Seeds, Mook Launch, and the Crunch

Getting back into the swing of things has been slow. Work has been busy, but reading and writing has slowed-up a little at the moment. ’90s novel’ is taking its time. I’m working on it a bit this weekend, but I have a few other focuses too. Working on some very cool things for the [...]

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