Exceptional novels recovered from oblivion: Jim Morgan reads "Stoner" and "The Young Desire It" with great admiration, and recalls blood on the pages of another volume in the farmyard. PLUS: David Malouf live events.
The drawing: Young Patrick before the craggy face; his sensational first novel, Happy Valley, back in print.
At venerable Overland (just two years from its 60th birthday) in her Red Herring blog, the writer, editor and PhD student, Jane Gleeson-White has posted a thoughtful piece about that other thylacine, the “Australian classic.” She talks about being on a panel at this years’s MWF to discuss the topic (along with Text publisher Michael […]
Recently I posted links to a clip of Robert Hughes talking about the decline of old fashioned ideals in art: the meaning of art aside from its commodity value. From the sublime to the ridiculous; or at least, the commercial. This coming Tuesday, 21 August at 6:30pm, I’m giving a talk on book cover design […]
Two major shows are finishing up shortly, at their only venues in Australia. William Kentridge: Five Themes, ACMI, Melbourne Why, why did I wait so long to see Kentridge at ACMI? Partly it seemed to be on for ages; partly I wasn’t sure I liked his work, d’oh. The show is gobsmackingly tremendous; K and […]
Rightho — this is something I should have done a couple of weeks back. It’s a heads up for a (free) talk I’m giving on book cover design, specifically on the Text Classics series, Australian classics, rather than from o/s. You can see the thirty covers here, and hopefully you’ll have seen them (yellow: Aussie […]