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Mockingbird’s 50th Call
Yesterday Harper Lee’s one and only book, To Kill a Mockingbird, turned 50, but the famously feisty author shows no signs of coming out of self-imposed exile.
The BBC reports that the last request for an interview several decades ago was met with “Hell, no” from Lee. The 80-year-old had once confided to her local Baptist minister (who in turn glibly chatted with…
The Triumph of Genre
In a Crikey report published earlier this week, Guy Rundle lamented the fall from grace of the Man Booker Prize. Rundle compared the prize’s first jury in 1969, consisting of the standard-bearers of high literary culture, and its current jury, headed by Stella Rimington, a former spy chief who’s gone on to writing spy novels, and comprised in the main of names associated in…
Metaphorical Guns for Hire
In the 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac, the eponymous hero - a brilliant poet with an extremely large nose - improvises romantic poetry to help his friend seduce the woman they both love. With an entrepreneurial panache arguably untypical of poets, Australian Poetry have taken this idea to a whole new level. The Australian Poetry website is putting out a call to poets…
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