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Tuesday 28 October 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: the fictional women

Raelke Grimmer
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Tara Moss’ first venture into non-fiction, The Fictional Woman, opens with the day she chose to undergo a polygraph test to prove that she does, in fact, write her own crime novels. The writer has been marred for years by rumours that as a former model she couldn’t possibly write her own books, so when…
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Monday 20 October 2014
Books

lip lit: lesbian for a year

Brianna Doolan
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An awkward love affair in year seven, an engagement in her early twenties and a surreal liaison on an isolated island are just some of the different relationships Sydney based writer Brooke Hemphill explores in her memoir Lesbian for a Year. The reader jumps on board the sexual orientation train and joins Hemphill as she…
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Friday 10 October 2014
Arts Books Opinion

the bookshelf diaries: carissa lee godwin

Lou Heinrich
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The Bookshelf Diaries takes a peek into the reading life of writers, readers and book lovers. Today, Carissa Lee Godwin lets us in what inspires her and what makes her mad. What book changed you? The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I first read it when I was 16, and loved it on a morbidly…
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Tuesday 7 October 2014
Arts Books Opinion

Reading beyond the comfort zone

Margot McGovern
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For you. You’ll soon. You’ll give her name. In the stitches of her skin she’ll wear your say. Mammy me? Yes you. Bounce the bed, I’d say. I’d say that’s what you did. Then lay you down. They cut you round. Wait an hour and a day. It’s clear from these opening lines that Eimear…
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Friday 3 October 2014
Arts Books Opinion

the bookshelf diaries: michelle law

Lou Heinrich
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The Bookshelf Diaries takes a peek into the reading life of writers, readers and book lovers. This week, Michelle Law talks Jane Eyre, Hyperbole and a Half, and reading bad books.    What are you reading right now?  I’m reading Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. I found out about it after my friend linked me to an excerpt of…
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Thursday 2 October 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: belzhar

Raelke Grimmer
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Meg Wolitzer’s young adult novel Belzhar is the story of teenagers who have experienced traumatic events. Jam is sixteen and heart-broken. She can’t move on from the death of her boyfriend of forty-one days, English exchange student, Reeve. In an attempt to get her functioning again, her parents send her to boarding school The Wooden…
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Friday 26 September 2014
Arts Books

The bookshelf diaries: lorelei vashti

Lou Heinrich
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The Bookshelf Diaries takes a peek into the reading life of writers, readers and book lovers. Today,  Lorelei Vashti allows us insight into what she (and her six-month-old daughter) are reading. What are you reading right now? Mostly picture books! My daughter is almost six months old and she’s really engaged and looking at everything around…
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Tuesday 23 September 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: how to get there

Catalina Bonati
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Rural writer Maggie MacKellar has been through a lot. In her second memoir, How to Get There, she writes about the challenges she’s faced, and how she’s made her life anew. A historian, McKellar was pregnant with her second child when her husband committed suicide. Her mother passed away a short time later due to aggressive cancer, and McKellar…
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Friday 19 September 2014
Books

the bookshelf diaries: emma marie jones

Lou Heinrich
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The Bookshelf Diaries takes a peek into the reading life of writers, readers and book lovers. Today we chat to writer Emma Marie Jones. What are you reading right now? I just started Virginia Woolf’s The Waves for like the third time, because it is 100% perfect. Before that I just finished HollyChilds’ No Limit,…
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Wednesday 17 September 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: gap

Bronwyn Lovell
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Rebecca Jessen’s debut verse novel is excellent. I’ve read it twice cover-to-cover, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The first time, I read it too quickly to take notes or consider it critically – the narrative positively races along and pulls the reader with it. I had to read it again to be able to write this…
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Monday 15 September 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: bad feminist

Lauren Strickland
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Bad Feminist is, like feminism itself, not just about one thing, one experience, or one kind of woman. Roxane Gay’s new collection of essays is difficult to condense into a single sentence. There are essays on the topics you’d expect: she deals swiftly and cuttingly with the ever-pervasive subject of rape culture; she writes lucidly…
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Friday 12 September 2014
Arts Books

the bookshelf diaries: jess oliver

Lou Heinrich
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The Bookshelf Diaries takes a peek into the reading life of writers, readers and book lovers. Today, our very own Lip Art + Theatre Editor Jess Oliver tells us about the books that make her heart sing. What book changed you? I can’t really pin-point a single one - at risk of sounding cliche I think every book…
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Tuesday 9 September 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: the chicken thief

Christina Bulbrook
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Close your eyes. Go on. Do it. Now what can you see? Nothing? Really? Look again. Can you see the computer in front of you? Yes – you can feel it there with your fingertips. Can you see your cup of coffee steaming beside your elbow? Of course – you can smell its bitter aroma…
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Friday 5 September 2014
Arts Books Column

the bookshelf diaries: alexandra storey

Lou Heinrich
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The Bookshelf Diaries takes a peek into the reading life of writers, readers and book lovers. Today, Lip writer Alexandra Storey allows us a nose through her favourites.   What are you reading right now? I’m currently reading Fanny Burney’s Camilla. It’s the first of her novels I’ve read, and I’m really enjoying it so far, even though I’m about 100…
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