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Local Color Purple

Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone? I had feared that Joni Mitchell’s rhetorical question would be dead on once again when I heard that Campbell Newman was slashing the arts … Continue reading

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There’s an App for That

I bought my iPad about two and a half years ago, not long before my last trip to Australia.  It was the perfect solution to hauling half a dozen cheap paperbacks across the globe and discarding them in a series … Continue reading

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A Bloke’s Own Story

Until recently, I knew of Bruce Pascoe chiefly as one of the commentators who added notes of scholarship to Rachel Perkins’ SBS series First Australians and as the author of The Little Red Yellow Black Book guide to Indigenous culture.  In … Continue reading

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Living on Country

Melissa Lucashenko’s debut novel, Steam Pigs (UQP, 1997) was a multi-award winner, followed up the next year by a young adult story, Killing Darcy.  In 1999 she published Hard Yards, and a second YA novel, Too Flash, appeared in 2002.  … Continue reading

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Four Short Stories

I’m not sure how well known the American publishing house McSweeney’s is in Australia, although I expect that at least some readers will be familiar with editor Dave Eggers’ best-selling memoir from 2000, A Heartbeaking Work of Staggering Genius or … Continue reading

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