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Sep 16, 2011

Rundle: a Review review reveals an enduring legacy of not much

One has to say something about the demise of The Australian Literary Review, especially in light of Nick Cater's somewhat freestyling herogram-to-self in yesterday's comments section.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle

Correspondent-at-large

It’s one thing to have a proxy war via a literary magazine — to have one around its closure would see self-indulgence squared. Neverethless, one has to say something about the demise of The Australian Literary Review, especially in light of Nick Cater’s somewhat freestyling herogram-to-self in yesterday’s comments section.

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5 thoughts on “Rundle: a Review review reveals an enduring legacy of not much

  1. Pete from Sydney

    Didn’t News tip in $350k a year to publish it as well?

  2. Gavin Moodie

    Yes, I still don’t understand Slattery’s maintaining the rage against post modernism. Sure, it had its absurdities but then so do most movements, and it was always weird to imagine that universities are being destroyed by post modernist relativism as Slattery seems to believe.

  3. Guy Rundle

    yes Pete, and that’s why I said it was a ‘semi-public’ institution – read the goddam article before commenting.

  4. Scott Grant

    Pedant’s corner:

    I was intrigued when I saw that well known aphorism concerning insanity attributed to Albert Einstein. Well Wikiquote reckons it was coined by Rita Mae Brown (and paraphrased in Narcotic’s Anonymous). So there!

  5. Jane Geo

    This article is the point where Guy Rundle’s writing starts to resemble Greg Sheridan’s. They call it the Sheridan Turn. Here’s an ugly but revealing sentence: “I may have helped, showing a couple of people the contents pages of a few issues — between the glory of the classics article (author L Slattery), neoliberals on university policy and my good friend Peter Craven on audio books of Dickens, they didn’t find much to stop them pulling the plug.” So this is a man who happily contributes to the ALR under one editor, but then lobbies against the publication when the editorship is transferred to someone who (I assume) won’t commission articles from him. Be proud Rundle. Another victory for you in the ridiculous media war in this country. I bought The Australian for the ALR. Of course the Costa ‘essay’ was ridiculous. And every issue contained a bad piece. But there were some good articles. I would have hoped our literary culture could support a mass circulation journal such as the ALR. I thought we’d grown up. Evidently not.

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