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Monday 19 January 2015
Arts Books

lip lit: being jade

Emily Tatti
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The same night Banjo walks out on his wife Jade, he is killed by a hit and run driver. But his spirit remains, and he is compelled to watch Jade slip into a depression while their daughters struggle to hold things together. Even in death, Banjo aches with love for his wife, despite knowledge of…
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Monday 12 January 2015
Arts Books

lip lit: the secret history of wonder woman

Christina Bulbrook
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‘Great Hera! I am running so late today!’ ‘Aphrodite aid me in getting through this after-lunch meeting!’ ‘Suffering Sappho I am exhausted!’ Not curses we hear in today’s world – but wouldn’t we all secretly love to make such glorious exclamations? Wonder Woman did. In Jill Lepore’s readable new book The Secret History of Wonder…
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Monday 5 January 2015
Arts Books

lip lit: poets are not useful

Jasmine Jean Martin
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Although a powerful form of expression, poetry  remains a misunderstood and underappreciated art form. This deeply personal publication by Gwyndyn Alexander is essentially an answer to a question – put forth by a man of, in her words, the ‘scientific sort’ – querying the function of poetry. What is a poet? What is the point…
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Monday 29 December 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: springtime: a ghost story

Margot McGovern
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    Frances and her partner Charlie have left their old lives to start over in Sydney. Coming from Melbourne, with its grid-mapped streets and dark, sensible fashions, Frances feels like an outsider in a city that yields to the natural landscape. On lonely spring days she takes her rescue dog, Rod, for long walks…
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Wednesday 24 December 2014
Arts Books

#writingwhilefemale

Lou Heinrich
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Every now and then, a Twitter hashtag gets real. It exposes injustice. It strips back a culture to bare experience. On the feminist scene we’ve heard stories from thousands of women through #everydaysexism and #yesallwomen – the newest hashtag to make waves is #writingwhilefemale. It’s the brainchild of Foreign Soil author, Maxine Beneba Clarke. ‘Despite…
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Monday 22 December 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: paint your wife

Jess Miller
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New Zealand author Lloyd Jones seems fascinated by art’s capacity to bring men and women together. It’s a theme which drives his 2008 novel Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance in which the tango becomes a way to survive WWI. The idea also surfaced as the focus of his novel…
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Friday 19 December 2014
Arts Books Opinion

nanowrimo 2014: a novel experience

Brianna Doolan
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Starting at midnight, November 1 and ending at 11.59pm on November 30, hundreds of thousands of people across the world started writing their novels in honour of National Novel Writing Month. I was one of them. For those that don’t know, National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is an annual international challenge where participants sign…
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Wednesday 17 December 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: wolf in white van

Jacqueline Lademann
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In 1990, British heavy metal band Judas Priest were taken to court. Two young men from Nevada, James Vance and Raymond Belknap, shot themselves, and the parents believed the ‘reckless misconduct’ of the band members drove them to suicide. It was alleged Judas Priests’ album Stained Class contained the subliminal message to ‘do it’, which prompted the…
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Monday 8 December 2014
Arts Books Opinion

lip lit: yes please

Lauren Strickland
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Amy Poehler’s newly-released Yes Please is part memoir, part self-help book, part opportunity to peer into the Poehler family scrapbook. Dotted with photos, youthful creative writing attempts, and full-colour scans of personal mementoes ranging from college playbills to handwritten acrostic odes to Tina Fey, Yes Please is a bright and cheerful tour through Poehler’s life…
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Monday 1 December 2014
Arts Books Culture Opinion

Lip lit: dishonour

Lou Heinrich
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Detective-Inspector Debra Hawkins is a steely, no-nonsense cop in Gabrielle Lord’s sixteenth crime novel. Debra is the head of new taskforce, RED-V, which targets domestic violence in middle-eastern communities. ‘Over the last few years,’ she informs her team, ‘We’ve discovered around one thousand incidents of forced marriages and attempted forced marriages here in Australia.’ As well…
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Saturday 29 November 2014
Arts Books Opinion

the bookshelf diaries: alice pung

Lou Heinrich
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The Bookshelf Diaries takes a peek into the reading life of writers, readers and book lovers. Today, Alice Pung talks books old and new, and where to read about race and class.  What are you reading right now? I just finished reading Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris. I read it in one sitting. It is a…
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Tuesday 25 November 2014
Arts Books

Lip lit: not that kind of girl

Jess Miller
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Lena Dunham: media darling, outspoken feminist, director of and actress in HBO’s Girls, and now, author. Not That Kind of Girl is a memoir, a compilation of twenty-eight personal essays that has set fire to a media storm. This is mostly due to the sexual content—at one point Dunham describes her seven-year-old self discovering sexuality via an…
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Friday 21 November 2014
Arts Books Column

the bookshelf diaries: lee kofman

Lou Heinrich
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The Bookshelf Diaries takes a peek into the reading life of writers, readers and book lovers. Today, Lee Kofman talks naked Egyptians and tragicomedy.  What are you reading right now? Perhaps I’m obsessive, and definitely greedy, but at any given time I read in three different genres: fiction, nonfiction and creative nonfiction. My current fiction…
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Monday 17 November 2014
Arts Books Culture

lip lit: half the world in winter

Jacqueline Lademann
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Death comes to us all; only the fortunate are allowed to grieve. Half the World in Winter is Maggie Joel’s second novel, which centres around the domestic life of a middle-class family in Victorian London. The patriarch of the family is Lucas Jarmyn, the only son and heir of a railway entrepreneur. When we meet…
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