Sydney Review of Books
The Crime of Crimes: Genocide: A World History
August 15th, 2017, 10:49 PM

The most intensely studied genocide is, without contest, the Holocaust. It’s considered by some to be the archetypal genocide, a limit case, in part because the term genocide was first applied in a legal setting during the Nuremberg trials. Our ongoing interest in Nazi crimes seems unlikely to wane, particularly as new evidence is still […]

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And the winners are…
August 14th, 2017, 10:49 PM

It’s an honour to announce the names of the recipients of the 2017 CA-SRB Emerging Critics Fellowships: Rita Horanyi (SA), Darius Sepehri (NSW) and Robert Wood (WA). Essays by the three fellowship recipients will be published on the Sydney Review of Books in late 2017 and early 2018. My thanks to judges Shannon Burns, Michelle Cahill, and Ben Etherington, […]

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Tending and Attending
August 14th, 2017, 10:49 PM

Why do people visit cemeteries? Why did they historically, and why do they – if at all – today? From reading Carol Lefevre’s Quiet City: Walking in West Terrace Cemetery and Lisa Murray’s Sydney Cemeteries: A Field Guide, I’ve identified eight reasons for cemetery-visiting: to tend the graves of loved ones; to pay tribute to […]

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Love and Rhetoric: A Writing Life
August 10th, 2017, 10:49 PM

With only brief respite since the Howard years in government, I haven’t recognised ‘Australia’ as my home in its unbecoming through the ideologies of neoliberalism characterised by the privileging of profit over justice, equality and the health of the biosphere. But a former student of mine, in a class development of the introduction to a […]

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Elvis and Jane Austen in Monterey: Big Little Lies
August 7th, 2017, 10:49 PM

Madeline Martha Mackenzie, the central character in Liane Moriarty’s best-selling novel Big Little Lies, thinks of Pirriwee, the fictional suburb on Sydney’s northern beaches where she lives, and where the action of the novel takes place, as a ‘country village.’ This is a signpost to Jane Austen’s oft-quoted statement ‘Three or four families in a […]

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Diffused Attentions: An Interview with Oscar Schwartz
August 3rd, 2017, 10:49 PM

Oscar Schwartz is a contemporary Australian poet, writer, and researcher currently based in Darwin, Australia. His poetry and research offers wry and nuanced investigations of the figure of the human, and its entanglements within technological and automated environments. He published his first book of poetry, The Honeymoon Stage, with Giramondo Press, in 2017; he is […]

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2017 CA-SRB Emerging Critics Fellowships: Shortlist
August 3rd, 2017, 10:49 PM

It’s my great pleasure to announce the shortlist for the 2017 CA-SRB Emerging Critics Fellowships: Shu-Ling Chua (ACT) Daniel Davis Wood (NSW) Stephanie Guest (Vic) Justine Hyde (Vic) Rita Horanyi (SA) Darius Sepehri (NSW) Barnaby Smith (NSW) Robert Wood (WA) Congratulations to the shortlisted critics! The applications for the fellowships impressed with their critical acuity, […]

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Politics Without Gasoline: Grand Hotel Abyss
August 1st, 2017, 10:49 PM

The tale of the political left is a tale of violent conflict. Of barricades and bullets. Of hard-won victories and merciless reprisals. Of lives cut short in martyrdom. And philosophy, we have been told, is a reflection of this: ‘the class struggle in theory,’ according to Louis Althusser’s famous dictum. The apposition of conflict and […]

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Grand Hotel Abyss
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‘No Award’: The Miles Franklin in 1973
July 31st, 2017, 10:49 PM

1974 – Ronald McKie The Mango Tree 1973 – No award 1972 – Thea Astley The Acolyte When adjudicating on novels published in 1973 — the year Gough Whitlam’s Labor government bought Jackson Pollock’s ‘Blue Poles’, the year the delightfully awful Alvin Purple was released, and the year Patrick White won the Nobel Prize for […]

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The Opposite of Glamour
July 27th, 2017, 10:49 PM

Recently, I found myself longing to reread John Steinbeck’s Log from the Sea of Cortez. I first read it when I was a teenager studying one of his novels at school; anxious for me to succeed, my parents purchased other Steinbeck books in the cheap Pan editions featuring naïve illustrations constrained by circular borders, as […]

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