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Guest review: Derek Motion on Tiggy Johnson’s <i>First Taste</i>

Guest review: Derek Motion on Tiggy Johnson’s First Taste

Page Seventeen, 2010 9780980813609 Reviewed by Derek Motion                 I often have to catch the bus out to the university, and from the stop near my house the journey takes around 15 minutes. This parcel of time is – if you get straight on to the task and don’t waste any time looking out the window […]

Both ways is the only way she wants it: an interview with Maile Meloy

Both ways is the only way she wants it: an interview with Maile Meloy

As the title indicates, Both Ways is the Only Way I Want it (Text, May 2010 in Aus, Riverhead US), Maile Meloy’s engaging collection of stories, is about the fear, desire, pleasure, confusion and complications of wanting it both ways and sometimes having it so. It’s like Guido’s dilemma in Fellini’s 8 1/2 – he wants […]

Guest review: Raili Simojoki on Benjamin Law’s <i>The Family Law</i>

Guest review: Raili Simojoki on Benjamin Law’s The Family Law

The Family Law Benjamin Law Black Inc. 9781863954785 June 2010 (Aus, US) Reviewed by Raili Simojoki. Benjamin Law’s first book, The Family Law, is a collection of themed essays about his eccentric yet endearing family. His shorter pieces offer quirky insights into eclectic topics such as green burial, sleep deprivation, homosexuality healing workshops, and 90s […]

Crime, ghosts and danger

Crime, ghosts and danger

This song has been the soundtrack to my week. It has moved all its furniture in some already-crammed hallways of my mind and played out on repeat. Particularly the piano solo. And the force of his voice when he sings so roll up and see. And now you get to read about all my schemes and adventuring, […]

Sunday Driver! *Shakes Fist*

Sunday Driver! *Shakes Fist*

Hello lovelies, not long now until Christmas! I get to go for a wonderful break (which will still include reading and blogging, don’t worry) in the land of the Big Banana, Coffs Harbour. Can’t wait to see my sister, my folks, my Nanna, and bestie Tania. Lots of beach time, and possibly a ‘prop’ party […]

<i>The Children</i> by Charlotte Wood

The Children by Charlotte Wood

9781741753356, Allen & Unwin, 2007 The perfect book for me is one that is about the extraordinariness of everyday life – the things that human beings acknowledge, and the things they deny; the amazement, comfort and simultaneous hurt in personal relationships; the wealth beneath the surface, but also the necessity of surfaces. Charlotte Wood looks […]