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On Typewriters & Translation
Melbourne is playing host to two literary festivals with a difference over the next few days. The Sticky Institute’s I am Typewriter festival will be “investigating the love affair between zine and machine” until February 13 - and who doesn’t love the click and zing of a typewriter? It’s the surest way to beat writer’s block. The festival will culminate with the centrepiece event…
Martin Amis on Don Quixote: “Reading Don Quixote can be compared to an indefinite visit from your most impossible senior relative, with all his pranks, dirty habits, unstoppable reminiscences, and terrible cronies. When the experience is over, and the old boy checks out at last (on page 846 — the prose wedged tight, with no breaks for dialogue), you will shed tears all…
“Our Crazy, Crazy Pornographic Culture”
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“We are in a crazy, crazy pornographic culture, and for that we need extreme measures, and I can’t think of anything better than radical feminism for that.” During her recent visit to Australia, academic, activist and social critic Dr Gail Dines stirred strong debate with her radical feminist position.
Particularly controversial is her critique of the pervasive influence pornography wields…
Movie with High Expectations in Gestation
The conventional wisdom is that it’s usually wise to read the book before you see the film. But as filmmakers cast their sights further and further afield for inspiration, sometimes the film is definitely better than the book.
A case in point is news that a film is to be made of a how-to guide to pregnancy. Production company Lionsgate has announced that Kirk…
The Gift of Reading
On the occasion in the UK of World Book Day (previously mentioned here) the Guardian asked 45 writers to nominate which books they like to give away. They received some fascinating replies. Salman Rushdie likes to give The Arabian Nights; John Lanchester likes to give Denis Johnson’s short story collection Jesus' Son; for William Boyd, it’s Nabokov’s unsurpassed puzzle, Pale Fire…
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