Sydney Review of Books
What Ghosts We Might Rise
April 20th, 2017, 06:06 PM

As the struggles of the twentieth century fade from our shared memory, cultural works devoted to the Anthropocene, zombies and the apocalypse are booming, and young people have little cause to hope their lives will be easier than those of the generations who lived before them. Jeff Sparrow’s remarkable new book, No Way But This: In […]

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No Need Of A Story
April 17th, 2017, 06:06 PM

The narrator of Claire-Louise Bennett’s Pond is a woman somewhere in early middle-age. Late forties, perhaps, or early fifties. She’s old enough to have built a career, had affairs; young enough to not yet be on the scrap-heap. She favours straight skirts, flat shoes. Her voice is low; her attitude, arch. That, at least, is […]

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Campus Conservative
April 10th, 2017, 06:06 PM

After the selected emails of Barry Spurr were leaked to the media, his expulsion from academia was violent and abrupt. But his friends didn’t give up on him and put together this volume of essays, studies and poems, edited by the competent hands of one of the most sensitive and erudite academics I have ever […]

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Writing Migrant Lives in the South: A Conversation
April 10th, 2017, 06:06 PM

This conversation between Elleke Boehmer and Meg Samuelson began in a book-talk seminar hosted by the Institute for Humanities in Africa at the University of Cape Town on 15 September 2015 and continued across subsequent months of travel and exchange between three countries, Britain, South Africa and Australia. The conversation tacks between two award-winning books […]

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What Matters
April 6th, 2017, 06:06 PM

Thinking about Donna Haraway’s latest book Staying with the Trouble prompted me to imagine a variation of a familiar conversation. ‘Have you read Donna Haraway’s latest book?’ I ask my imaginary interlocutor. ‘No, but I’ve seen her YouTube videos’, she replies. Of course I frown at my friend. In the hierarchies of western knowledge it’s […]

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Two Lives
April 4th, 2017, 06:06 PM

­It is ten years since Doris Lessing received the Nobel Prize for Literature, at the age of 88; the following year she acknowledged that she was unlikely to continue publishing, the award having brought with it such a storm of media interest that she had been left with little time to write. ‘I don’t have […]

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The Golden Age
April 3rd, 2017, 06:06 PM

Ben Brooker is a recipient of a 2016 SRB-CA Emerging Critics Fellowship. This is the third of three essays by Brooker to appear on the Sydney Review of Books, alongside essays by other fellowship recipients, Ali Jane Smith and James Halford. Read all the essays here.  The words ‘critic’ and ‘crisis’ draw their roots from the Ancient Greek krinein: […]

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Monster or Mohican
March 29th, 2017, 06:06 PM

James Fenimore Cooper’s 1823 novel The Pioneers, the first of the five books known collectively as ‘The Leatherstocking Tales’, introduces the character that has come to epitomize, in general parlance, any person or thing that is the last of its kind. The territory of New England, the narrator informs us, was once occupied and ruled […]

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The Same Tree, The Same Iceberg
March 28th, 2017, 06:06 PM

You’re five or six or seven years old, sitting in the dark in a cinema. You’re casting anxious glances to your right because your brother, sister or friend has been hogging the bucket of popcorn for what feels like hours and the grownup between you is neglecting her grownup duty of equably proportioning time with […]

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Sheer Pleasure
March 27th, 2017, 06:06 PM

Notwithstanding widespread pessimism about the relationship between non-Indigenous and Indigenous Australians, Laura Fisher believes that there is much goodwill between the two groups, and that one vehicle of this goodwill is the emergence of ‘Aboriginal fine art’, as a beautiful and conceptually rich voice for a minority long despised, ignored and insensitively managed. Her book […]

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