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Nov 24, 2010

‘Careless’ governance at Meanjin: former ed on the storied journal

To lose one editor is a misfortune; to lose two or three, damned careless. So said Jim Davidson, a former Meanjin editor, who had some pointed words for the current management. W.H. Chong was there.

W H Chong — Culture Mulcher

W H Chong

Culture Mulcher

To lose one editor is a misfortune; to lose two or three, damned careless. Jim Davidson paraphrased Oscar Wilde in last night’s commemorative lecture for Meanjin‘s 70th anniversary. The opposite of a sentimental stroll down memory lane, the talk, A Cork Upon the Ocean: Meanjin and the Changing Context, 1940-2010, was a focused survey of the magazine’s visionary life, culminating in a blistering critique of its current situation — Meanjin has lately become Melbourne University’s endangered quarterly.

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