Topic archives: memoir

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

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

October 11, 2011 2

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)

October 10, 2011 4

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 […]

<i>1001 Australian Nights</i>: Gerard Elson interviews Dave Graney, part two

1001 Australian Nights: Gerard Elson interviews Dave Graney, part two

April 12, 2011 3

1001 Australian Nights Dave Graney 9780980790436, Affirm Press (Aus) by Gerard Elson Read part one here. Have you tried your hand at prose fiction? Would you ever be interested? I’d prefer to write fiction than something like 1001 Australian Nights. I’m having the heebs a bit with this book coming out and people reading it! […]

Guest review: ‘It doesn’t have to be fun to be fun’, Alice Robinson on <i>127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place</i> by Aron Ralston

Guest review: ‘It doesn’t have to be fun to be fun’, Alice Robinson on 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston

March 1, 2011 1

Simon & Schuster 9781849833905 (Aus, US, UK) Reviewed by Alice Robinson Aron Ralston is starving, dehydrated and on the brink of death when, six days after being pinned beneath an 800-pound boulder, stranded alone in a remote Utah canyon, he snaps his own wrist; the blade of the $15 multi-tool in his pack just won’t […]

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

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

May 26, 2010 3

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 […]

Joel Magarey’s <i>Exposure: A Journey</i>

Joel Magarey’s Exposure: A Journey

May 18, 2010 6

Exposure: A Journey Joel Magarey Wakefield Press (Australia) 9781862548237 2009 I write this review just moments after finishing the book, and really, I’m aching from it. Joel Magarey has just taken me on an adventure – around the world, through illness and through love. The narrative flows back and forth between periods in the ’80s and ’90s […]

Guest review: Matthia Dempsey on Patti Smith’s <i>Just Kids</i>

Guest review: Matthia Dempsey on Patti Smith’s Just Kids

March 22, 2010 4

Bloomsbury/Allen & Unwin February 2010 9780747548409 (Aus, US/Kindle) Reviewed by Matthia Dempsey Emerging from their teens, Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe first encounter each other in 1960s New York, a recognition as much as a meeting. Smith has fled the aftermath of an unplanned pregnancy and adoption, and the factory future that faces her in […]

David Carlin’s <i>Our Father Who Wasn’t There</i>

David Carlin’s Our Father Who Wasn’t There

February 9, 2010 4

Scribe February 2010 9781921640254 (Aus, US) David Carlin was six months old when his father, Brian, ‘went to sleep and never woke up’. His mother kept a photo of him on the bedside table, but otherwise, not much was spoken of his existence to David and his two older siblings, until they were much older. […]

Guest post: Allison Browning on Alice Sebold’s <i>Lucky</i>

Guest post: Allison Browning on Alice Sebold’s Lucky

December 3, 2009 1

It was in an impassioned conversation with Miss Angela Meyer on the floor of a particular writers’ festival venue, relishing the taste of ginger beer, that I expressed my love for the sparsity of Chloe Hooper’s writing in The Tall Man. Angela and I continued to chat about those writers who have an understated way of inciting […]

Guest review: Lorelei Vashti on Linda Neil’s <i>Learning How to Breathe</i>

Guest review: Lorelei Vashti on Linda Neil’s Learning How to Breathe

October 22, 2009 3

9780702237348 UQP September 2009 (Australia) Review by Lorelei Vashti When I was first offered this book to review I thought: Well, Ms Meyer, it seems that not only are you literary-minded but you’re also literally minded, because what you have given me here is a book about a Brisbane girl returning home to her family. […]

The real possibility of joy: an interview with Josephine Emery

The real possibility of joy: an interview with Josephine Emery

August 18, 2009 12

Josephine Emery’s The Real Possibility of Joy: A Personal Journey from Man to Woman is released in September from Pier 9. It’s a compelling, poignant, fascinating, honest memoir. And as a writer, screenwriter and former director of the literature board at the Australia Council for the Arts, Josephine Emery really knows how to write. I […]

Love, sex and intimacy with Krissy Kneen, author of <i>Affection</i> (a <i>LiteraryMinded</i> ‘responsive’ interview)

Love, sex and intimacy with Krissy Kneen, author of Affection (a LiteraryMinded ‘responsive’ interview)

August 3, 2009 6

Affection: A Memoir of Love, Sex and Intimacy Text Publishing 9781921520617 August 2009 (Aus, US) Prompts: LiteraryMinded Responses: Krissy Kneen Things that are fast/things that are slow Motorcycles.  Rollercoaster. Pick ups.  Orgasms.  All too fast.  Slow would be nice.  Slow is the ideal, something to aspire to.  It all ends too quickly.  Everything. And the […]

Guest review: Sam Cooney on Mark Mordue’s <i>Dastgah</i>

Guest review: Sam Cooney on Mark Mordue’s Dastgah

July 21, 2009 8

  Dastgah, Mark Mordue Allen & Unwin (2001, Australia). Also published overseas. Review by Sam Cooney. Dastgah is an account of Australian writer, journalist and editor Mark Mordue’s first trip overseas: a one-year journey through the regions of India, Nepal, the United Kingdom, Turkey and Iran, and the cities of Paris and New York. The […]

Mischa Merz on <i>Bruising: a Boxer’s Story</i>

Mischa Merz on Bruising: a Boxer’s Story

July 8, 2009 6

In Bruising, passionate boxer Mischa Merz draws you into her experiences of a sweaty, oft-bloody, myth- and history-loaded, predominantly masculine but ever-progressing sport. I first came across Mischa’s work in the extract of this book published in Overland. It had been my favourite piece in the issue, and when Mischa heard, she sent me a […]

Making sense of the surrounding chaos: Sarah Manguso on <i>The Two Kinds of Decay</i>

Making sense of the surrounding chaos: Sarah Manguso on The Two Kinds of Decay

June 4, 2009 4

Not only was Sarah Manguso’s body completely weakened by a rare neurological disease (where the antibodies in her own blood would poison her), but she dealt with other levels of illness, such as the effect of strong drugs she had to take, and deep depression. But everything I tried to write about The Two Kinds […]

Other People’s Favourite Books – Rosalie Skinner on Douglas Adams’ <i>Last Chance to See</i>

Other People’s Favourite Books – Rosalie Skinner on Douglas Adams’ Last Chance to See

December 29, 2008

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do. Hi, I’m Rosalie and I write speculative fiction. Writing is a passion that followed hot on the heels of reading avidly for too many years too count. For twenty years, I painted portraits and taught other artists how to approach painting portraits in oils, after […]