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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

October 27, 2011 10

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 […]

Brendan Cowell’s <i>How it Feels</i>

Brendan Cowell’s How it Feels

November 19, 2010 1

Picador, November 2010 9781405039291 Our protag, Neil, is a young ‘arty’ guy from Cronulla whose concerns oscillate between the people of home, and his burgeoning theatre career. He’s self-absorbed, which we know because it’s reiterated a million times in the book. He can’t make up his mind about which chick to f*ck and keep f*cking. […]

Guest review: Genevieve Tucker on Colm Tóibín’s <i>The Empty Family</i>

Guest review: Genevieve Tucker on Colm Tóibín’s The Empty Family

November 9, 2010 1

Picador November 2010 9781405040235 (Aus, US, UK) Reviewed by Genevieve Tucker Much has been made around the traps of the fact that Colm Tóibín published a story in his last collection that used the word empty (and words deriving from it) fourteen times, though no one has bothered to acknowledge that the story in question was […]

Guest review: Annie Stevens on Melissa Febos’ <i>Whip Smart</i>

Guest review: Annie Stevens on Melissa Febos’ Whip Smart

October 1, 2010 1

Whip Smart: A Memoir Picador, 2010 9780312561024 (Aus, US, UK) review by Annie Stevens Reading Melissa Febos’ memoir, Whip Smart, reminded me of when I first read Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho.  So graphic and stomach-churning is some of the content that I had to have short ‘rests’ between chapters. What makes Whip Smart even more […]

Exquisite restraint for maximum expression: an interview with Colm Tóibín (part two)

Exquisite restraint for maximum expression: an interview with Colm Tóibín (part two)

July 7, 2010 5

Brooklyn Colm Toibin (Aus, US) Picador 9780330425612 Part one of this interview can be found here. Tóibín has, to date, written or edited 21 books. I asked him which had been the most difficult to write, and which had been the most joyful. He said: ‘There’s a long story in the collection Mothers and Sons which I […]

Exquisite restraint, maximum expression: an interview with Colm Tóibín (part one)

Exquisite restraint, maximum expression: an interview with Colm Tóibín (part one)

July 4, 2010 5

Brooklyn Colm Toibin (Aus, US) Picador 9780330425612 Acclaimed Irish novelist Colm Tóibín was recently in Australia for the Sydney Writers Festival as well as events in Melbourne, including one for the Wheeler Centre. I caught up with Tóibín at his Melbourne hotel to ask him some questions about writing and his latest novel Brooklyn, which I recently had […]

Don DeLillo’s <i>Point Omega</i>

Don DeLillo’s Point Omega

April 28, 2010 7

Point Omega Don DeLillo Picador, 2010, 9780330512381 (Aus, US/Kindle) I’ve been ‘doing’ a few American writers of late. Loved my first encounter with Michael Chabon, in A Model World – he’s a master of beginnings and endings in those short gems – and will follow-up someday with The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and […]

This cumulative kind of effect when you stop: an interview with Emily Maguire on <i>Smoke in the Room</i>, part two

This cumulative kind of effect when you stop: an interview with Emily Maguire on Smoke in the Room, part two

November 5, 2009 3

Part One of this interview can be found here. Pictured: Emily Maguire and I before the Sleepers Salon in October. I ask Maguire about the setting. Is it pertinent for this story to be set in Sydney? She says it probably could have been a few cities, but ‘western Sydney is – the cliché is […]

Mark Twain made ’em laugh: an edited extract from Susannah Fullerton’s <i>Brief Encounters: Literary Travellers in Australia</i>

Mark Twain made ’em laugh: an edited extract from Susannah Fullerton’s Brief Encounters: Literary Travellers in Australia

June 10, 2009 4

The following is an edited extract from Brief Encounters: Literary Travellers in Australia by Susannah Fullerton. Published by Picador Australia, June 2009. Mark Twain came to Australia billed as ‘the funniest man in the world’ and Australians loved his dry humour and stories… Their expectation was by now at fever pitch, their bodies perspiring from […]