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Wednesday 3 August 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: above us only sky

Erin Seaward-Hiatt
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In Above Us Only Sky, Michele Young-Stone, an MFA grad and the author of The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors, once again digs into a quirky pseudo-realism that’s based in the great conflict of growing up. In an interview, she admits that Above Us Only Sky is a few different things rolled into one: it’s…
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Monday 25 January 2016
Arts Books

interview with honor jane newman

Bridget Conway
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Honor Jane Newman is the author of a short and handy self-help book for women titled Killing the Perfectionist Within: A Self-Help Guide for Women Suffering from Perfectionism, Anxiety, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The book includes tips and tricks to tackle the difficult emotions and situations that can arise when you seek perfectionism on a daily basis….
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Monday 14 September 2015
Books

lip lit: not just black and white: a conversation between a mother and a daughter

Bridget Conway
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Not Just Black and White: a conversation between a mother and a daughter is the inspiring and harrowing true story of mother and daughter duo Lesley and Tammy Williams. The novel follows the lives of these two Murri (Aboriginal) women in the form of written conversations between mother and daughter. This puts a light tone…
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Wednesday 1 April 2015
Arts Books

lip lit: one life: my mother’s story

Christina Bulbrook
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  The woman behind the counter jiggles the baby on her hip. The child is red-faced and crying. Customers smile sympathetically as the woman tries to serve them and placate him. She had no choice in the matter. The daycare is closed today. There is no one at home who can care for her son. Thus…
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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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Wednesday 23 October 2013
Books

books you should have read by now: as i lay dying

Camilla Patini
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Okay, so I once tweeted that any Faulkner novel was most certainly pretentious artwank at its finest but, in fact, I secretly quite like Faulkner’s novels. Specifically, I quite like As I Lay Dying, first published in 1930. (I am cursing that I do not live in New York because James Franco—*swoons, suppresses inner fangirl*—has…
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Tuesday 22 October 2013
Books

books you should have read by now: a room of one’s own

Grace McCarter
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For the uninitiated, Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own is a seminal feminist text in the form of an extended essay, published in 1929. Although the narrative of the essay is fictional, it is based on real manuscripts of lectures presented by Woolf at the Cambridge women’s colleges. A Room of One’s Own is…
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Thursday 3 October 2013
Books

lip lit: constance

Margot McGovern
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In its opening sentence—‘My name is Constance Schuyler Klein’—and its title, Patrick McGrath’s Constance declares itself a narrative concerned with identity, although an identity that is anything but stable. Constance is a young woman living in Manhattan and working as an editor in the 1960s. She has recently married an English professor several years her…
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Thursday 6 June 2013
Featured News Opinion

the secret’s out: best-selling erotic fiction authoress is actually a dude

Alexandra Van Schilt
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Natasha Walker has been marketed as “the best-selling authoress of Australia’s hottest erotic fiction” on the back of the best-selling The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy. But this information is not entirely correct. You see, Natasha Walker’s big secret has been revealed: she isn’t Natasha Walker, but John Purcell. Yes, the erotic authoress is in…
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Thursday 4 April 2013
Arts Books

lip lit: schroder

Amy Nicholls-Diver
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Amity Gaige’s Schroder is a lyrical rollercoaster that follows the frenzied highs and ugly lows of a man driven by paternal love. It is a captivating, yet shocking, story of the dangers of miscommunications and untruths that we partake in to find belonging. Eric Schroder, a first-generation East German immigrant, is a lonely soul. He…
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Thursday 28 March 2013
Arts Books

lip lit: i made lattes for a love god

Lou Heinrich
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Orlando Bloom is a sexy beast. This is scrawled in blue ink on the autograph page of my grade eight yearbook. At 13, that was only the beginning of a long obsession that my best friend and I had with ‘Orli’; we were dedicated fangirls. It seems fangirling is an essential part of growing up…
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Thursday 14 March 2013
Arts Books

lip lit: mad girl’s love song

Erin Stewart
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One of the most well-known literary couples is Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. Hughes, who died in 1998, was a poet and children’s writer, named Britain’s Poet Laureate in 1984. Plath met him in Cambridge during her tenure as a Fulbright scholar, she herself building a successful literary career as a poet and author before…
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Tuesday 5 March 2013
Arts Books

lip lit: just one day

lip magazine
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Just One Day opens, somewhat counter-intuitively, at the end of an adventure: Allyson has been on a guided tour through Europe, and is thoroughly underwhelmed by the experience. This trip is a barely-disguised Contiki tour for American teens, with rigid daytime itineraries and hedonistic nightly pub-crawls. On her last night with the group in London,…
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Friday 3 August 2012
Culture

fifty shades of romanticised abuse

Sara Berndt
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I was recently asked to speak in a podcast about the book Fifty Shades of Grey and, more generally, porn for women. The specific podcast can be found here: http://www.psycho-babble.net/archives/356 The main things to keep in mind about the book and the brouhaha surrounding it: 1. Take the sexual activity and ‘BDSM contracts’ out of…
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