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Books February 07, 2015

The Brain’s Way of Healing

[TOC:ul In this story] Norman Doidge’s The Brain That Changes Itself was a snowballing, word-of-mouth bestseller. Its big news was that our brains, far from being “ever-fixed”, are adaptive, changeable. In a word, neuroplastic. Picture …

Books December 20, 2014

Books 2014 #2

Selections from a year in print. Best New Talent, Guilty Pleasure, Most Overrated, Most Unwelcome.

Books November 29, 2014

Great White

[TOC:ul In this story] Natural science writer James Woodford kicks off his “Great White journey” by cage-diving with shark scientists among the reefs and islands off South Australia’s Port Lincoln, a known hot spot for great white sharks. Suspended …

Books November 08, 2014


[TOC:ul In this story] “Tell me there are no ghosts.” Frances, the brittle mainstay of Michelle de Kretser’s novella, subtitled “A Ghost Story”, seems like the sort of person who needs a good deal of reassuring. Serious and thin-skinned, she …

Books November 01, 2014

The Tunnel

[TOC:ul In this story] “I feel like I get fucked over every day…” That, as a kōan, encapsulates Dennis McIntosh’s seven years on the construction crew of Melbourne’s Western Trunk sewer project. A driven sort of bloke by his own telling, …

Books June 28, 2014

Where Song Began

[TOC:ul In this story] That mob of magpies warbling at your back gate? They’re assassins. The honeyeaters darting from bottlebrush to grevillea? Terrorists. Bellbirds ting-ing high in the misty mountain ash? Bullies. Corellas ranged along …