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Oct 12, 2011

Rundle: with the ALR gone, time to rethink our public sphere

Battle was joined again, in the pages of The Drum, over the corpse of The Australian Literary Review, the twice-dead journal once wrapped in the clammy embrace of The Australian.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle

Correspondent-at-large

Battle was joined again, in the pages of The Drum, over the corpse of The Australian Literary Review, the twice-dead journal once wrapped in the clammy embrace of The Australian. Peter Craven returned to the fray in a piece that, George Perec style, limited itself to two parts of speech, names and verbs. The piece is not without its own goals, as in this passage:

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  1. pk_x

    This is coming from a man who, in 2010, wrote that if Meanjin is published exclusively online, “it will cease to exist”. I wonder if he’s seen their absolutely beautiful website redesign?

    No, he says “a lot of us are, even Sophie, are not in our 20s anymore”. Never mind those of us who are in our 20s, who wouldn’t and don’t read the ALR, and don’t revere Craven for what he thinks about the greatness of his own generation.

  2. Bob the builder

    Rundle it’s time for a holiday in Cornwall.
    This needless and mindless re-entering of a very petty and boring fray, combined with your lazy, confused and inaccurate piece about the ALP today should be telling you. Rest!

  3. Guy Rundle

    PK -X – well, no, the article suggests that we don’t need to address the problem of circulation of ideas by solving the problem of mass printing costs. That’s not the same as saying that we shouldn’t still have printed objects. I dont know what meanjin, overland, arena etc will look like in a decade’s time – i hope they will still have a printed forml, but i dont imagine it will be as it is now, if they do, or that it will simply be a duplicate of their e-editions.

  4. Kerryn Goldsworthy

    Nothing wrong with Stephen Greenblatt! But much better just to read the dude himself and eliminate the middleperson.

    In the meantime, nice catch on the Craven own goal, which gave fresh blood to the argument of gender-blindness. On which topic, to be fair, Peter is not one of the usual suspects.

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