Stuart Coupe

Stuart Coupe reviews 'Continent of Mystery: A Thematic History of Australian Crime Fiction' by Stephen Knight

September 1997, no. 194 19 November 2021
Stuart Coupe reviews 'Continent of Mystery: A Thematic History of Australian Crime Fiction' by Stephen Knight
Continent of Mystery, subtitled ‘A thematic history of Australian crime fiction’ is, in the most simplistic terms, a daunting and inspiring book. My Australian crime fiction, mystery and detective fiction magazine, Mean Streets, was launched by Knight towards the end of 1990, not long before his move to the United Kingdom. For better or worse upon Knight’s departure I assumed, or at least so ... (read more)

Stuart Coupe reviews 'Crowded House: Something so strong' by Chris Bourke

November 1997, no. 196 01 November 1997
Stuart Coupe reviews 'Crowded House: Something so strong' by Chris Bourke
Pop and rock’n’roll music is essentially disposable popular culture which throws up comparatively few enduring items. For every 10,000 albums and singles released maybe only a hundred will be listenable a year later, let alone in a decade. The same goes for literature that attempts to define or interpret the music. Sure, that Guns ’N’ Roses, Culture Club or Spandau Ballet picture/text boo ... (read more)