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Comedy and Cultural Difference in Tom Doig’s <i>Moron to Moron</i>

Comedy and Cultural Difference in Tom Doig’s Moron to Moron

Guest Post by Michelle See-Tho Among Lonely Planet guides, endorsements for various restaurants around the world and poignant tales of “self discovery” in foreign lands, the contemporary travel writing scene leaves little room for comedy. However, Tom Doig’s first book, Mörön to Mörön, points at the standard of travel writing and laughs. Part travel guide, […]

‘Moxie and might’: The Moth Comes to Melbourne Writers Festival 2013

‘Moxie and might’: The Moth Comes to Melbourne Writers Festival 2013

Guest Post by Farz Edraki The woman next to me on the bus didn’t apologise after a small, green piece of gum shot from her mouth and landed neatly in my lap. “Oh,” was all she said, adjusting her neck pillow and unwrapping another packet of Extras. It was an overnight bus ride from Canberra to […]

The end of the homosexual or the rebirth of gay liberation: Dennis Altman's <i>The End of the Homosexual?</i>

The end of the homosexual or the rebirth of gay liberation: Dennis Altman's The End of the Homosexual?

Guest Post by Simon Copland   In 1971, academic and queer activist Dennis Altman wrote the book Homosexual: Oppression and Liberation. Positioned between the riots at Stonewall in 1969 and the expansion of the gay liberation movement in the 70s and 80s, Homosexual was in many ways before its time. Altman managed to predict the […]

'Of pity, superiority, disgust': Laura Jean McKay's <i>Holiday In Cambodia</i>

'Of pity, superiority, disgust': Laura Jean McKay's Holiday In Cambodia

Guest Post by Paul Donoughue It was on a long bus ride toward Sarajevo, past shells of houses full of grass and dirt, that I first became aware of the idea of atrocity tourism. The capital of Bosnia Herzegovina is a lovely place. Apart from being visually stunning — a collection of low-set buildings and […]

When things don’t fit: An interview with Mel Campbell, author of <i>Out of Shape</i>

When things don’t fit: An interview with Mel Campbell, author of Out of Shape

Guest Post by Myriam Robin Melbourne-based critic and journalist Mel Campbell is the author of Out of Shape, her first book, which was released at the start of June. In the book, Campbell charts her own relationship to clothing, as well as how notions of ‘fit’ and correct dress have persisted and changed throughout the […]

Trying and Failing at Febfast: on Jill Stark’s <i> High Sobriety </i>

Trying and Failing at Febfast: on Jill Stark’s High Sobriety

Guest Post by Stephanie Van Schilt Minutes after finishing High Sobriety – Jill Stark’s memoir about her year without alcohol – I attended a birthday party…for a bar. I literally put the book down, got dressed up and ran out the door to celebrate the liquor loving life. In the past, this obvious irony would […]

There's No Such Thing As Real America: Ron Rash's <i>Nothing Gold Can Stay</i>

There's No Such Thing As Real America: Ron Rash's Nothing Gold Can Stay

Guest Post I’ve visited Charleston, South Carolina, a few times. It’s a beautiful city: old, by US standards, retaining some of the aesthetic quirks of British and French colonialism. There’s narrow cobblestone streets, Art Deco buildings and elaborate white mansions. Strangers on the street ask about your day. And there’s the location: the lower half […]

Unearthing herstory: Courtney Collins' <i>The Burial</i>

Unearthing herstory: Courtney Collins' The Burial

Guest Post  “If the dirt could speak, whose story would it tell?” In her debut novel The Burial, Courtney Collins supposes that the earth would favour the stories of those who are furthest from it, ‘the ones who are suspended in flight’. The dirt must long for these distant stories the way a child yearns […]

The darkness of desire: Chloe Hooper's <i>The Engagement</i>

The darkness of desire: Chloe Hooper's The Engagement

Guest Post by Rebecca Howden  From the opening scenes of The Engagement, there’s an atmosphere that drenches the pages with a subtle, simmering sense of dread. Filling her mis-en-scene with gothic tropes that recall the gloomy romance of classics like Rebecca and Jane Eyre, acclaimed Australian writer Chloe Hooper draws us into a tense, brilliantly […]

Guest Post -- The Happiness of the Anti-Father: Martin Amis’s <i>Lionel Asbo</i>

Guest Post -- The Happiness of the Anti-Father: Martin Amis’s Lionel Asbo

 Guest post by Lucas Smith Stories about sudden wealth acquisition too often become morality tales about the inutility of money to enduring happiness. Lionel Asbo, Martin Amis’s fifteenth work of fiction, is a refreshing tale of a man made immensely and permanently happy by his money. The stupid, vindictive, loutish and possibly murderous anti-hero, Lionel […]