October 2016, issue no. 385

Highlights of the October issue include Kate Burridge's assessment of the colourful, yet 'selfieless' new Australian National Dictionary and David Rolph on 'the most famous statutory provision in Australia' - section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. Other highlights include Catherine Noske on two books by Maxine Beneba Clarke, Dennis Altman on a new biography of Jack Mundey, Sue Kossew on J.M. Coetzee's new novel, Critic of the Month James McNamara on Dark Money, and David Smith on David Cay Johnston's three-decade pursuit of 'con artist' Donald Trump, as well as Nicholas Jose on Dorothy Hewett, a new short story from Cate Kennedy, and poems from Jill Jones, Stuart Cooke, and Poet of the Month Sarah Holland-Batt. We also review new fiction from Hannah Kent, Ann Patchett, Jock Serong, Rajith Savanadasa, and Michelle Wright.

Highlights from the current issue

John Hawke reviews 'Pitch of Poetry' by Charles Bernstein

John Hawke

When Viktor Shklovsky, in his famous 1917 essay 'Art as Technique', asserts that the fundamental task of the poetic function is one of 'making strange' the reader's ...


'Alarms' by Jill Jones

Jill Jones

Miracles are not like tempests.
Furlongs are not like hedgerows
though they come close ...


Janna Thompson reviews 'Hume: An intellectual biography' by James A. Harris

Janna Thompson

David Hume earned his place in the philosophical pantheon mostly because of the uncompromising empiricism of his early work A Treatise of Human Nature (1738). He looked ...


Anwen Crawford reviews '1966: The year the decade exploded' and 'England’s Dreaming: Sex Pistols and punk rock' by Jon Savage

Anwen Crawford

In March of 1966, Los Angeles rock group The Byrds released their sixth single, a song called 'Eight Miles High'. It was, writes Jon Savage, a song that combined 'two staples of sixties ...


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