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Love in the Time of Cholera and won’t somebody please think of the children

When Christopher Bantick’s opinion piece appeared in The Age on Thursday, criticising the inclusion of Gabriel García Márquez’s classic Love in the Time of Cholera on the VCE syllabus, it was easy enough to laugh off as the opinion of a senior Literature teacher demonstrating why they should perhaps retire. The article garnered much attention, [...]

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On established authors and the weight of expectation: J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy

One of the great pleasures / responsibilities of being a lit critic is that you are asked to review countless debut novels. When I first began reviewing, I remember this feeling unusual to me – coming as I did from a background in academia, where you generally don’t read anything without an almost infuriating knowledge [...]

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To read or not to read: idreambooks.com and the guidance of frowning clouds

The means we use to select new books are often obscure. Books don’t receive the same sort of blanket advertising as new release films or television series. Though there are always exceptions – such as the highly effective billboard in Times Square for Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot, or the relatively recent phenomenon of book [...]

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#lessambitiousbooks

Perhaps because writers and lit lovers are as ubiquitous on twitter as pictures of cats on the internet, there are often some pretty awesome literary hashtags doing the rounds. Since the beginning of this year #lessambitiousbooks has been trending worldwide, and amusing me no end. There have been some absolutely brilliant titles: The Adequate Gatsby Love in [...]

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On reading and re-reading and not reading

Like the cool, quiet hours linking dawn and daylight, the days between Christmas and the first day of a new year seem similarly stolen, and tantalising in their possibility. For me, it was a time to catch up on forgotten books in the steadily growing and increasingly precarious mountain beside my bed. In an essay [...]

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