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books January 23, 2021

maar bidi: next generation black writing

For this anthology, Elfie Shiosaki and Linda Martin have curated flashes of memoir and memory gathered from a creative writing program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at the University of Western Australia. From its beginning,...

books January 23, 2021

Beowulf: A New Translation

Maria Dahvana Headley had her first introduction to Beowulf at the age of eight. Flicking through an illustrated compendium of monsters, she found a drawing of Grendel’s mother, who, in the poem, seeks bloody revenge for the execution of her son. “...

books January 23, 2021

Interior Chinatown

The new year opened to live footage of cops opening the gates to the United States Capitol, enabling rioters to storm the building. The racial privilege that laid ground for the insurrection was, if not unsurprising, deeply unsettling. Ivanka Trump...

books December 19, 2020

Best books of 2020

In 2020 reading nonfiction felt, to me, like an anchor to normalcy: reading about the big ideas and intimate dramas that were the stuff of our lives and the centre of our concerns before the pandemic reshaped our imaginations and our everyday, for...

books December 19, 2020

Best books of 2020

It has been said so many times that it’s almost considered a banality. 2020 was A Year, one that saw societal inequalities further magnified. No thanks, of course, to the elite who carried on business as usual, and who own many of the tools we use...

books November 28, 2020

Collected Stories

Much is always made of the facility with which people quote verse in Shirley Hazzard’s worlds. In a 2004 interview for The Believer , Hazzard said, “It’s quite intentional. You see, books were a theme of life, a lifetime, for whole populations who...

books November 28, 2020

Factory 19

When faced with our difficult present, we sometimes turn to the past and swaddle ourselves in nostalgia for whichever time our personal tastes elect as having been “better”. Factory 19 , Dennis Glover’s second novel, is a story in which this impulse...

books November 28, 2020

Leave the World Behind

“What is happening?” the adults in Rumaan Alam’s third novel keep asking one another. Amanda and Clay, a middle-class white couple, have rented an isolated Airbnb to get away from New York for a few days with their two teenage children, Rose and...

books November 21, 2020

What Is To Be Done

The climate crisis demands urgent action. Our democracy, with its “oligarchic” major parties – “shelf companies” with “small, ageing memberships” that serve as little more than “executive-placement agencies” – and an “infantile” standard of...

books November 21, 2020

The Fifth Season

When I first started reading Philip Salom’s latest novel, The Fifth Season , I thought I was in for a real treat. The set-up is engagingly noirish. Jack, a writer, moves into a holiday rental at the end of summer, with plans to write a book about “...

books November 21, 2020

Collisions

Kyle Sandilands as prime minister, ethnic suburbs on stolen lands being gentrified and our souls being illegally uploaded to computers: these are just some of the speculative imaginings within the 16 stories of Liminal magazine’s debut anthology,...