It was a tough day for those of us watching Eurovision in Australia. By the time we had woken up on Sunday morning the winner had already been announced, and consequently most of us spent the entire day avoiding media of any kind. From my own (not a scientist) estimation, Continue reading
It’s that magical, sequined time once again. Last night Australian audiences watched the first Eurovision semi-final, bursting our collective loads on Twitter after a year of pent up longing for our favourite uber-camp musical entertainment. There was nothing overly weird by Eurovision’s standards from this round, the novelties limited to the human hamster wheel Continue reading
Steeplechase, a novel by Brisbane-based writer Krissy Kneen, explores the relationships between many things: between sisters Bec and Emily, between art and madness, and between the past and present. Bec, a painter and tertiary art teacher living in Brisbane, receives a phone call from her estranged sister Emily while recovering from surgery. Emily, an acclaimed artist and now living in Beijing, invites Bec to visit her for the opening of a new show. With this, Bec is confronted by an awful past, some great and terrible event during their isolated childhood in rural Queensland that drove the two sisters apart.
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There’s something about reading Banana Yoshimoto’s books that has always made me feel as though I’m reading a love letter to my twenties. Lizard, a collection of six short stories published when Yoshimoto was twenty-nine (she penned the Japanese edition’s afterword on her way to a Sonic Youth concert, and dedicated the American edition to Kurt Cobain, BANANA GURL WHY ARE YOU SO COOL) perfectly encapsulates why. Continue reading
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