Adelle Waldman's first novel is an insightful and probing look inside the mind of the casually cruel man. Our correspondent ponders his own life in chatting with her about writing and Twitter.
What is "Australian" writing? In the inaugural Miles Franklin award oration on Tuesday, Peter Temple gave the question a red-hot go. It poses some interesting examples to read, says Siobhan Argent.
To call your novel "illuminated" is a dangerous thing. Five Wounds' claim holds with it the expectation that it should be something beyond a typical read. And it is, says writer and blogger Lyndon Riggall.
Towards the end of her engaging travel memoir cum self-help book, Love and Other U-Turns, Louisa Deasey refers to her year-long road trip with Jim as ‘Survivor -- Romance Style’. But don't be put off, says Toni Whitmont.
"Peter Carey is a perfect example of that kind of inane literacy snobbery,” Bryce Courtenay tells Crikey, in defence of popular culture and “show-offs” like the Booker Prize winner he says have hijacked the cultural debate.
A story called Drop that you can read on the long drop.