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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

LITERATURE

Sunday essay: the art of the colonial kangaroo hunt

S.T. Gill, Kangaroo Hunting, The Death, from his Australian Sketchbook (1865). Colonial hunting clubs were established across Australia in the 1830s and 1840s. National Library of Australia Since the beginnings of settler occupation in Australia, the kangaroo has been claimed at once as a national symbol and as a type of vermin to be destroyed en masse. In Kate Clere...

Guide to the classics: Donald Trump’s Brave New World and Aldous Huxley’s dystopian vision

A graffiti portrait of Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World. Thierry Ehrmann/Flickr A year-and-a-half into the presidency of Donald Trump, some see this administration as the stuff of dystopian nightmares. Trump’s apparent disrespect for truth is suspiciously similar to the manipulation of history in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-four. The crass, three-ring-circus texture of the current crowd in Washington recalls the degraded...

The Life to Come – this year’s Miles Franklin winner – is a brilliant character study

Author Michelle de Kretser: she is interested in the hollowness behind the lives of her characters. Photograph: courtesy Martin Godwin for the Guardian Michelle de Kretser’s The Life To Come, which has won the 2018 Miles Franklin Award, begins with an epigraph from Samuel Beckett’s Endgame: CLOV: Do you believe in the life to come?  HAMM: Mine was always that. This tragicomic...

Sunday essay: the meaning of food in crime fiction

Food can serve many functions in crime fiction, from being used directly as a weapon to expressing cultural belonging, gender or class. from www.shutterstock.com In English, we might claim we could “murder a good steak”. Italian and Spanish speakers might “kill for a coffee”, and Germans refer to acute hunger as Mordshunger or murderhunger – but do people really kill for...

Your guide to the Miles Franklin shortlist: a kaleidoscopic portrait of a diverse nation

The Miles Franklin authors with their novels, clockwise from top left: Felicity Castagna, Eva Hornung, Kim Scott, Michelle de Kretser, Catherine McKinnon and Gerald Murnane.  Courtesy Perpetual/ Copyright Agency/ Martin Ollman/Timothy Hillier. Eva Hornung image: Noni Martin.,  The Miles Franklin award is famously for “a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of...

Beyond bulldust, benchmarks and numbers: what matters in Australian culture

Tourists queue to take a photograph of the Mona Lisa at The Louvre. © NikkiJohnson, Image Perception This is an edited extract from the new book What Matters? Talking Value in Australian Culture. It is a longer read, at just under 2500 words. The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man, but is nevertheless an intellectual vice …...

Liz Porter – Crime Scene Asia: when forensic evidence becomes the silent witness.

Liz Porter is a Melbourne-based writer best known for her prize-winning books about  “the real CSI”  – the way forensic science is used to solve crime.  Her latest book is Crime Scene Asia: when forensic evidence becomes the silent witness.  First published in Singapore In 2018 by Marshall Cavendish and now republished by Big Sky,  it features 15 crimes from  ...

Six things you should do when reading with your kids

Stories take children on imaginary adventures.  Photo by Mazyar Hooshidar. , Author provided There is magic in stories. We all remember hearing them as children, and we loved them. Imaginary adventures set in faraway places. Tales about how the dishwasher isn’t working. It doesn’t matter! Whether made up by parents or read from books, kids love to hear stories. Our recent work showed reading to...

Listen To Older Voices : David [Dr. Pepper] Pepperell – Part 3

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle...

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