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Two nearly perfect novels

Two nearly perfect novels

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.

A drawing a day: The fevered beauty of Patrick White’s debut novel

A drawing a day: The fevered beauty of Patrick White’s debut novel

The drawing: Young Patrick before the craggy face; his sensational first novel, Happy Valley, back in print.

Literary thylacine: the “real” Australian classics

Literary thylacine: the “real” Australian classics

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 […]

How to design a Classic book cover: Prahran Library, Tues 21 Aug

How to design a Classic book cover: Prahran Library, Tues 21 Aug

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 […]

Ending soon: Kentridge, and, The Clock. (Plus, gallery crawl: hippest and blue-chippest)

Ending soon: Kentridge, and, The Clock. (Plus, gallery crawl: hippest and blue-chippest)

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 […]

How to design an Australian Classic

How to design an Australian Classic

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 […]