Crikey November 25, 2010 5 Comments
Is form following function? Are we evolving? Or, to the question I want to consider here: is writing evolving? And is there a danger of Australian writers losing their distinctive voice, asks writer and editor Sophie Cunningham?
W H Chong November 16, 2010
He may not be as hot as the inflammatory James Wood, or as icily cool as J M Coetzee, the only critic to have won the Nobel and two Bookers, but Ron Charles has many virtues as a book reviewer that draw him close: he is judicious but merciful; rigorous but generous, says W H Chong.
Crikey September 16, 2010
It's a common issue with authors: who is the target audience? For an intensely private activity, writing can have very public repercussions. And the sweet innocence of a first novel can never be replicated, notes Jessica Au.
Crikey September 8, 2010
While Rome fiddles, book people burn. A brief illustrated report on a small but critical event beyond Canberra, by W H Chong.
Crikey August 18, 2010
If you thought being an author on the panel of the Byron Bay Writers Festival was a glam affair, Tony Martin will prove you wrong. There's little signing of autographs or selling books, but lots of jealously for Bret Easton Ellis' popularity.
Crikey August 10, 2010
A collection of literature's famous last words, from Anton Chekov's "It's a long time since I drank champagne" to Virginia Woolf's "I feel certain that I'm going mad again …"
Crikey July 2, 2010
The rise of Australia's literary journal blogs as intellectual spaces is a great thing. But with no money in blogging, can an effective long term model be found to sustain them? asks Jessica Au.
W H Chong June 23, 2010
Truth by Peter Temple, won the Miles Franklin Literary Award last night, the first time a crime novel has won the big prize. Are genre-busting thrillers the way of the future? asks W H Chong.
Crikey May 25, 2010
Jane Austen was hardly a household name when she died in 1817, but in the 1870s, "Austenmania" started spreading around the globe -- and it isn't dying out any time soon.