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Rory Dufficy

Rory Dufficy is a writer, researcher and critic. In 2020, Rory completed his PhD on the avant-garde movement of the 20th century at Western Sydney University. He has previously written for Overland and the Sydney Review of Books.

Rory Dufficy reviews 'The Ethics of Waste' by Gay Hawkins

July-August 2009, no. 313 01 July 2007
There are few times we use words related to what we throw away in any sort of positive manner; if, for example, this weren’t a nuanced, careful book, I might call it trash. Certainly, one might refer to, say, a crime novel or a Jerry Bruckheimer film as ‘trash’, but mean it with love and affection, and ‘wasted’ or ‘trashed’ are words used with affection and some pride by people when ... (read more)

Rory Dufficy reviews 'An Australian Republic' by Greg Barns and Anna Krawec-Wheaton

February 2007, no. 288 01 March 2007
An Australian Republic presents itself as the book to reopen the republic debate – a defibrillator for our body politic. It turns out, however, to be another example of the lazy argument that marks much of Australia’s progressive discourse. It answers to nothing but its own echo chamber. Meaningless sentences such as ‘Australia is a nation of multiple and changing identities; a moving kaleid ... (read more)