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Response to A.S. Patric’s ‘Questionnaire’

Response to A.S. Patric’s ‘Questionnaire’

I was thinking about A.S. Patric’s recent post on the Overland blog all of yesterday afternoon. I thought I’d have a go at responding to his piece, just off-the-cuff. Note: the words in bold are Alec’s. Are we more disconnected? I know how late my crush goes to bed. Are we more superficial? Skin is a surface. Does […]

Avatar: a mash-up

Avatar: a mash-up

This piece is a mash-up of an undergrad essay from a couple of years ago, plus present thoughts, imaginings and speculation on the narrative of self in a virtual environment. Storytelling is as old as humanity. The human has always actively projected him/herself into realms of fantasy (through song, art, drama, writing). Modernity advanced the visual aspect […]

Another Voice for Nam Le – a Guest Post by Louisiana Alba

Another Voice for Nam Le – a Guest Post by Louisiana Alba

Louisiana Alba is the author of Uncorrected Proof, which I heart, so I asked if she would write something just for me (and you lit-lovers). Here ’tis: Italians have a phrase: non mettere le mani avanti, don’t put your hands out in front (to prevent the fall you fear). Let the scholars sort out my […]

<i>Uncorrected Proof</i> by Louisiana Alba

Uncorrected Proof by Louisiana Alba

ElephantEars Press, 9780955867606, 2008, UK (Aus, US) Can something be playfully and overtly postmodern and still be readable – driving you through a compelling plot? Louisiana Alba proves it can be done. Uncorrected Proof is a postmodern novel that entertainingly riffs on form, style, character, tense, person – but with an overall thriller/quest type plot […]

I’m Afraid of the Five-Blade Razor – Book Review and Commentary

I’m Afraid of the Five-Blade Razor – Book Review and Commentary

Affluenza: When Too Much is Never Enough – Clive Hamilton and Richard Denniss. Allen & Unwin, 2005, 9781741146714 (Aus, US/Kindle) Three years ago Clive Hamilton half-jokingly referred to the possibility of the five-blade razor. It comes as no surprise that his prediction has come true, and emphasises why Affluenza continues to be an extremely relevant […]