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Monday 28 July 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: the unknown woman

Margot McGovern
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Lilith Grainger is on the front page of the newspaper. She doesn’t know how she’s going to explain the photograph—how she ended up sitting on a fence on Sydney’s worst street in the middle of the afternoon when she was meant to be at a job interview. What will she say to her husband, her…
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Friday 25 July 2014
Books Column

the bookshelf diaries: maxine beneba clarke

Lou Heinrich
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The Bookshelf Diaries takes a peek into the reading life of writers, readers and book lovers. All writers are rabid readers – and slam poet and short story writer Maxine Beneba Clarke is no different as she dips into what’s happening in Australian writing – right now! What are you reading right now? In the…
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Thursday 24 July 2014
Arts Books

when everyone’s super: representation in comics

lip magazine
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It’s a disaster! Thor’s botched a job and can no longer carry his Uru hammer, Mjölnir. Earth’s in danger and there’s no thunderous demi-god to save us mere mortals. Lucky anyone who’s worthy can take up Thor’s mantle. In the upcoming Marvel comic Thor, an unknown woman will take the place our golden locked God…
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Tuesday 22 July 2014
Arts Books Culture

grown-up fairy tales

Molly Westerman
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We all know ‘Once upon a time’, and we grew up with ‘happily ever after,’ even if the whole Prince Charming thing fell flat in later life. Fairy tales can be comfort food, the stuff of escapism and dress-up. What we may not be so accustomed to is fairy tales’ dark side. Their magic can…
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Tuesday 22 July 2014
Books Culture News

marvel’s thundering announcement: the next thor will be female

Karla Gamero Gomez
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It was recently announced on The View that Marvel’s God of Thunder, Thor, will be portrayed by a woman in future comic adaptations. As a starter to this I would start by saying that gender bending is not unusual when it comes to Norse Gods in comic books, or even historically. Loki has shape shifted…
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Friday 18 July 2014
Arts Books

lip’s tips for melbourne writers festival

Margot McGovern
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Bookworms, take note and clear your calendars: the 2014 Melbourne Writers Festival is coming to town from 21-31 August. Since it was announced several weeks ago that Sir Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses and Midnight’s Children, would be among the keynote speakers at this year’s festival, there has been much anticipation about who…
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Friday 18 July 2014
Books

the bookshelf diaries: claire corbett

Lou Heinrich
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The Bookshelf Diaries takes a peek into the reading life of writers, readers and book lovers. Today, Claire Corbett reveals What are you reading right now? I always read several books at once. I’m reading a lot for my PhD, including an extraordinary book by Israeli security academic Eyal Weizman called Hollow Land, on the…
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Thursday 17 July 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: after darkness

Amy Nicholls-Diver
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As the train lurched forward, the woman grabbed her daughter’s hand and dragged her towards our carriage. She came so close I could see a mole above her lip. She spat. A glob landed on the window in front of my face. ‘Bloody Japs!’ she said, shaking her fist. After Darkness draws the reader into…
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Tuesday 15 July 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: claustrophobia

Annalise Bolt
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Claustrophobia by Tracy Ryan leads the reader down a trail of lies, lust and obsession. Penelope Barber, happily married, finds a decade-old letter written by her husband to his ex-lover, Kathleen Nancarrow. It convinces her that their marriage had been built on nothing but a lie and the recipient of the letter becomes the object of…
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Friday 11 July 2014
Arts Books Column

the bookshelf diaries: celeste liddle

Lou Heinrich
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The Bookshelf Diaries takes a peek into the reading life of writers, readers and book lovers. Today, Celeste Liddle, who blogs at Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist, allows us to nose through her novel pile. What are you reading right now? Skagboys by Irvine Welsh. Where did you buy it? At the Readings discount outlet…
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Tuesday 8 July 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: men explain things to me

Erin Seaward-Hiatt
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In 2008 longtime activist, social commentator, and overall renaissance superwoman Rebecca Solnit made a splash in the feminist blogosphere with her post  Men Explain Things to Me, a bold and quirky manifesto against male-on-female silencing. Ever since her wry critique hit the scene, Solnit has been dubbed the matriarch of mansplaining and has further cemented her…
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Friday 4 July 2014
Arts Books

the bookshelf diaries: kat muscat

Lou Heinrich
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The Bookshelf Diaries takes a peek into the reading life of writers, readers and book lovers. Today, self-confessed ‘big nerd’ Kat Muscat reveals her favourite avenues of online reading. What are you reading right now? Thug Kitchen. It’s truly a fantastic life resource. Beyond that, I’ve been re-reading ‘C-can we rest now: Foucault and the…
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Tuesday 1 July 2014
Arts Books

death in july: festival of women’s crime writing.

Christina Bulbrook
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Women’s crime writing has come a long way, but it hasn’t been smooth sailing. Like walking in high heels, there have been moments of comfort and ease, and  a stumble here and there and the odd blister. But central to the ongoing success of female crime authors is the support of fellow writers, providing an…
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Friday 27 June 2014
Arts Books Column Opinion

the bookshelf diaries: estelle tang

Lou Heinrich
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The Bookshelf Diaries takes a peek into the reading life of writers, readers and book lovers. Estelle Tang reveals her favourites, her inspirations, and her ‘to-buy’ list. What are you reading right now? Wayne Koestenbaum’s My 1980s and Other Essays. Where did you buy it? The Strand Bookshop in NYC. What’s in your to-read pile?…
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