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Books September 24, 2016

Here I Am

[TOC:ul In this story] Here I Am, Jonathan Safran Foer’s first novel in more than a decade, undertakes to explore two broad ideas, which perhaps sound like oil and water: on the one hand, there’s the destruction of Israel – by the twin …

Books September 17, 2016

Darling Days

[TOC:ul In this story] iO Tillett Wright has had a lifelong interest in overhauling aspects of identity, but the artist’s startling name, after Jupiter’s moon, “the most volcanic object in the solar system”, was a birthright. Darling Days

Books September 10, 2016

Grant & I

[TOC:ul In this story] In the 1960s, Robert Forster lived next to the Smiths – not the band he’d eventually tour with, but a normal family. Deadpan, he also reports having told his mother that when he grew up, he wanted to be just like Mr Smith. …

Books August 13, 2016

Overland, #223

[TOC:ul In this story] In the column that closes the 223rd edition of Overland, Alison Croggon asks: “How do you embrace the powerlessness that art demands, its myriad refusals, when power is the only thing that speaks in a world deafened …

Books August 06, 2016

I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This

[TOC:ul In this story] If we see the modern memoir as a route towards the self, its measure might be taken by the nature of the trip: is the driver speeding or taking you on a languorous country jaunt? Life is short, and I sometimes feel long memoirs …

Books July 16, 2016

The Lynching

[TOC:ul In this story] One Friday afternoon in March 1981, Henry Hays and James Knowles, two best friends in Mobile, Alabama, borrowed a rope and tied it into a hanging noose, a “special noose” of 13 knots immediately recognisable as the Ku Klux …

Books May 14, 2016

Dark Fires Shall Burn

[TOC:ul In this story] If you had lived in Sydney’s Newtown in 1946, just beyond the shattering of an old cultural order and right amid the formation of the postwar social world, would you have been aware you lived in interesting times? In Anna Westbrook’s …

Books May 07, 2016

The Bricks that Built the Houses

[TOC:ul In this story] For fans of Kate Tempest, a rap and spoken word wunderkind from South London, sections of her debut novel host some familiar scenes. It shares territory with tracks from her Mercury Prize-nominated album Everybody Down. …

Books April 30, 2016

Dodge Rose

[TOC:ul In this story] You may already know the story of Dodge Rose: a debut novel written as a University of Sydney master’s thesis, then dragged from the slush pile at the small international publisher Dalkey Archive Press – which, if …