‘Literary Australia can hold a sustained public conversation about as well as a Salvation Army band can play Wagner.’
My ‘provocation’ delivered at The Centre for the Book’s fantastic Critical Matters symposium earlier this month is now online at Killings.
My latest column for Kill Your Darlings is on Alice Robinson’s debut novel about grief, memory and landscape, Anchor Point.
Go weak at the knees with Patricia Highsmith. I did.
‘Earth Dances is a vivid and rarely less than astute history of the debt modern music simultaneously owes to the inheritances of tradition, and the texture of dissonance.’
My take on Andrew Ford’s latest book is now up on Killings.
Utopia to psych ward. My take on Dylan Evans’ The Utopia Experiment is in today’s Sydney Morning Herald.
‘Nothing intensifies an experience but simultaneously nullifies the thinking mind more than pain’
My take on Jacqueline Rose’s fierce, insightful and wide-ranging new book is now up at Killings
My second column at Killings takes a look James Bradley’s first novel in eight years, Clade.