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Wednesday 12 March 2014
Books

lip lit: tiddas

Lou Heinrich
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Anita Heiss, prolific author and Aboriginal activist, was in 2009 accused by columnist Andrew Bolt of being one of a group of ‘political aborigine[s]‘: white people who claim to be black. Bolt decided that Heiss only identified as a ‘member of the Wiradjuri nation’ to nab top jobs reserved for Indigenous people (disregarding her high…
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Tuesday 21 May 2013
Books

what if all book covers were given a chick-lit makeover?

Ruby Grant
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As an aspiring Lady Writer (or as feminist writer, Inga Muscio, provocatively calls herself, a ‘Word C*nt’), I was intrigued by author, Maureen Johnson’s Twitter project for her followers to ‘Redesign book covers by Literary Dudes, imagining they have been reclassified as by and for women.’ Johnson’s project, ‘Coverflip,’ shows us how there is a…
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Friday 15 February 2013
Books

lip lit: be careful what you wish for

Erin Stewart
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If you’ve got the workings of the ultimate cliché chick lit novel stashed in your bottom draw, then you’re too late. Gemma Crisp already wrote the most typical chick lit novel ever with her offering, Be Careful What You Wish For. Nina works in the giddy world of women’s glossies. Supported by her boyfriend Jeremy,…
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Tuesday 27 November 2012
Arts Books

books you should have read by now: lace

Erin Stewart
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Before there was 50 Shades of Grey, there was Lace. Not that I’ve read 50 Shades (an admission which ironically undermines my status as a reviewer), but you think BDSM is shocking? Shirley Conran, author of Lace, describes it as ‘baby porn’. She shocked everyone with Lace, it’s frank discussions and depictions of sex (from…
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Sunday 18 December 2011
Books

lip lit: is chick lit really so bad?

Shannon McKeogh
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I’ve got a confession to make and it’s not going to please the high brow-sers in my literary degree clutching their leather-bound Hemingways, Austens and Dostoyevskys. Chick Literature deserves more recognition in the literary world. There’s more than just handbags, lipstick and thirty-somethings desperately searching for their Prince Charming in these books. Not all Chick…
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