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Black Postcards: Kent MacCarter interviews Dean Wareham (part two)

Black Postcards: Kent MacCarter interviews Dean Wareham (part two)

Angela Meyer October 11, 2011 2 Comments

Part one of this interview can be found here. How do you feel about TS Eliot’s (in)famous quip, ‘Good poets borrow, great poets steal’? I was having a hard time figuring out what TS Eliot meant here – what’s the difference between borrowing and stealing in poetry? So I Googled that phrase (the internet is […]

Black Postcards: Kent MacCarter interviews Dean Wareham (part one)

Black Postcards: Kent MacCarter interviews Dean Wareham (part one)

Angela Meyer October 10, 2011 4 Comments

By Kent MacCarter Dean Wareham – musician, author, actor and a co-inventor of the ‘shoegaze’ aesthetic – is coming home to Australia. Sort of. This month, he, his partner Britta Phillips, and band will be touring Australia and New Zealand playing entire sets from seminal rock band, Galaxie 500, 19 years after their demise and […]

Extrapolations: stories re-imagined from the tangible, a guest post by Kent MacCarter

Extrapolations: stories re-imagined from the tangible, a guest post by Kent MacCarter

Angela Meyer September 19, 2011

By Kent MacCarter In the preface on page six of Dupain’s Sydney, an art book featuring photographic plates of cityscapes, city dwellers and urban whatnot by acclaimed photographer Max Dupain, there is a photograph of the artist fussing with the aperture on his 4×5 large-format camera perched on a fully extended tripod. You can detect […]

Guest review: Rachel Edwards on <i>Bearings</i> by Leah Swann

Guest review: Rachel Edwards on Bearings by Leah Swann

Angela Meyer September 10, 2011

Affirm Press, 9780980790429 (Aus) Reviewed by Rachel Edwards Australia has seen an increase in the publishing, and the recognition of, short stories and their authors over the last few years. Cate Kennedy and Nam Le set the bar high, and Affirm Press are presenting reading audiences with some refined new voices through their innovative publishing of the […]

Guest review: Portia Lindsay on <i>Berlin Syndrome</i> by Melanie Joosten

Guest review: Portia Lindsay on Berlin Syndrome by Melanie Joosten

Angela Meyer July 31, 2011 1 Comment

Scribe Publications, 9781921844140, July 2011, Australia Melanie Joosten’s debut novel is a taut and intimate psychological thriller. Clare meets Andi while on a working holiday in Berlin and they immediately share a strong attraction. At Andi’s behest, Clare decides to delay travelling on to Dresden, but their intense connection quickly morphs into a more sinister […]

Guest review: Greg Westenberg on <i>The Geometry of Flight</i> by Angela Smith

Guest review: Greg Westenberg on The Geometry of Flight by Angela Smith

Angela Meyer June 20, 2011

Pulse Publications, 2010, 9780646540443 In naming her poetry collection The Geometry of Flight Angela Smith, like Indiana Jones in The Last Crusade, ‘chose wisely’. More wisely, more selflessly, than perhaps she realised. She has given multiple doorways to her work with the single phrase: porticos that set the reader’s path through the work, paths that […]

Guest review: Raili Simojoki on <i>The Amateur Science of Love</i> by Craig Sherborne

Guest review: Raili Simojoki on The Amateur Science of Love by Craig Sherborne

Angela Meyer June 9, 2011 2 Comments

Text Publishing, June 2011 9781921758010 (trade paperback, ebook) Reviewed by Raili Simojoki If you’ve read any of Craig Sherborne’s writing, you’ll know not to expect a rosy-eyed view of the world. The Amateur Science of Love follows the grim journey of a love affair gone wrong. Colin leaves the unglamorous environs of his parents’ farm […]

Writing on writing: guest post by Harry Bingham

Writing on writing: guest post by Harry Bingham

Angela Meyer June 6, 2011 2 Comments

  I’ve been a professional writer for more than ten years,  but it was only recently, when asked to produce a How to Write book by A&C Black/Bloomsbury, that I came to think systematically about this craft of ours. I mean ‘systematically’ in two different dimensions. First, there’s the whole area of technique. How, precisely, […]

Guest review: Jordi Kerr on <i>Forgotten</i> by Cat Patrick

Guest review: Jordi Kerr on Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Angela Meyer June 1, 2011

Hardie Grant, 9781921690624, June 2011 (Aus) See also UK, US London Lane can remember the future, but not the past. This is the simple yet compelling basis for Cat Patrick’s debut YA novel, Forgotten. Each morning at 4:33am London’s memory is reset, erasing all events from the previous day. London relies on her knowledge of […]

Guest review: Lyndon Riggall on <i>Embassytown</i> by China Miéville

Guest review: Lyndon Riggall on Embassytown by China Miéville

Angela Meyer May 6, 2011 1 Comment

9780230754317 Pan Macmillan, May 2011 (Aus, UK, US/Kindle) Reviewed by Lyndon Riggall I admit defeat. I’ve been trying to present these events with a structure. I simply don’t know how everything happened. Perhaps because I didn’t pay proper attention, perhaps because it wasn’t a narrative, but for whatever reasons, it doesn’t want to be what I want to […]