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Grey areas of madness: an interview with Jon Ronson, on <i>The Psychopath Test</i>

Grey areas of madness: an interview with Jon Ronson, on The Psychopath Test

Picador, Australia, 9780330451369 (paperback) In The Psychopath Test Jon Ronson takes us on journey through the mad ‘industry’ of madness. And it’s not all acid-tripping psychopaths. Ronson follows leads to high-security prisons, a mansion filled with predators… and to L Ron Hubbard’s coca cola stain. What results is an inevitably open-ended, sometimes frightening and often hilarious look […]

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

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 […]

Read and received lately

Read and received lately

Read Freedom Jonathan Franzen Fourth Estate Of course you’ve heard of it. I liked it. I appreciated it, really. It took over me a little while I was reading it. I felt really blue. The characters get inside of you, because they’re so fully-formed, and there’s much space for them. The opening reminded me of Richard […]

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

David Carlin’s Our Father Who Wasn’t There

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. […]

Buying time: Liz Sinclair on asking for money to write her book

Buying time: Liz Sinclair on asking for money to write her book

I was very curious when I heard about Liz Sinclair‘s project ‘Help Me Write My Book’. Like many writers, Liz has to work to support herself, and of course, work takes time away from what she’s really wanting to do – write that book. My first reaction, honestly, was something along the lines of ‘why does she […]

<i>Princesses & Pornstars</i> by Emily Maguire

Princesses & Pornstars by Emily Maguire

Text, 2008 (Australia) 9781921351310 Update: now also available in a YA edition Your Skirt’s Too Short: Sex, Power, Choice Emily Maguire’s Princesses & Pornstars is a call to arms. It’s a highly intelligent, entertaining, and sometimes endearingly awkward rant. To have a feminist stance is not just to talk about women, Maguire argues, it’s to talk […]