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August 2015 book reviews

dun cow

Now that I am slightly less sick and able to read again, here are some reviews… The Book of the Dun Cow, Walter Wangerin, Jr. Chauntecleer the Rooster is the noble Lord of his region in a world without humans, and he must rally a ‘fellowship of the meek’ to […]

June 2015 book reviews


All Australian reads this month… The Golden Age, Joan London Hungarian Jews, Frank and his parents survived World War II only for Frank to be crippled by polio shortly after they emigrated to Australia. This novel is about the children’s treatment home where 13 year old Frank lives while he’s […]

May 2015 book reviews


The Strays, Emily Bitto Winner of The Stella Prize for this year, this novel reminded me of Doris Lessig’s The Golden Notebook in its retrospective angle on a historical social movement, except that in The Strays I also felt like I actually got to know the characters though they were […]

City Wonder 26

'A Caverna (The Cave)' by Guy Laramee, 2012.

What do you make of this image? Where does it take you? City Wonder (introduction/all posts) is a series of visual meditations on the city, exploring themes like creativity, ecology and decay/renewal. Each image is a window into a realm or mindframe; an invitation to an ethos or concept; a meditation on histories […]

I was disappointed by Bad Feminist

roxanne gay

Perhaps my expectations had been set awry by the publicity around Roxanne Gay’s Bad Feminist, but I was pretty disappointed by it. I was expecting a manifesto for bad feminism, which I think is a really interesting way of describing fourth wave feminism, and the fact that there is no […]