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W.H. Chong

W.H. Chong

W.H. Chong is Art Director of Text Publishing and writes the Culture Mulcher blog for Crikey.

W.H. Chong reviews 'The Park Bench' by Henry von Doussa

April 2006, no. 280 01 April 2006
To prove the fairyness of tales, this world’s relationships start at ‘Happily’ and only then progress to their trials. The Park Bench tells what happens when hope of the ‘ever after’ fades into that space bordered by numb disappointment and the aggressive need to regain sensation. In gay fiction, that place is no man’s land. ... (read more)

W.H. Chong reviews 'The Summons' by David Whish-Wilson

February 2006, no. 278 01 February 2006
The past is not dead. In fact, it’s not even past; it keeps coming back as different novels, and writers do things differently there. Nazi Germany remains history’s prime hothouse from which to procure blooms for fiction’s bouquet. All those darkly perfumed spikes – drama and tragedy intrinsic, memory within recall. David Whish-Wilson’s début novel opens in Berlin, 1934. Our hero is th ... (read more)

'The legendary influence and career of Diana Gribble (1942–2011)' by W.H. Chong

November 2011, no. 336 25 October 2011
The coffin sat on a chrome trolley at the front of the pews. In the end we only need a box six feet by two, and how small it looks ... the imagination falters. Helen Garner, in her eulogy for Diana Gribble, delivered at Christ Church, South Yarra, spoke of finding out what ‘publishers’ were like. In 1976 she pedalled over to the new McPhee Gribble offices in Jolimont bearing the manuscript of ... (read more)