May 2013, no. 351

The May issue contains many highlights. Distinguished author-critic Kerryn Goldsworthy, in a long article titled ‘Everyone’s a Critic’, surveys the current state of book reviewing, both in print and online. Comments by senior critics and literary editors make this essential reading for anyone interested in the health of our critical culture. Andrew Fuhrmann rips into the new production of A Clockwork Orange. We review major new novels by Andrea Goldsmith and Ashley Hay, and Melinda Harvey reviews Alice Munro’s latest valedictory collection of stories. Thanks to the generosity of our Patrons, we also advertise the new ABR Patrons’ Editorial Internship, worth $20,000.

May 2013, no. 351

Everyone’s a Critic

Kerryn Goldsworthy

‘We place on paper without hesitation a tissue of flatteries, to which in society we could not give utterance, for our lives, without either blushing or laughing outright,’ wrote Edgar Allan Poe in 1846. His title was ‘The Literati of New York City’; his ...

Melinda Harvey reviews Alice Munro's 'Dear Life'

Melinda Harvey

Philip Roth wasn’t the only writer to take the unusual step of announcing his retirement at the end of last year. Confirmation that Alice Munro was also relinquishing fiction was tucked away on the New Yorker’s blog, Page-Turner, three days after the New ...

Dennis Altman reviews 'Not Dead Yet: Labor’s Post-left Future (Quarterly Essay 49)' by Mark Latham

Dennis Altman

Mark Latham rose to the leadership of the Labor Party unexpectedly, lost the 2004 federal election, retired to sulk from the sidelines, and has done so ever since. Whether he or Graham Richardson has done more damage to the party that nurtured them is a question ...

Rachel Robertson reviews 'Boomer & Me' by Jo Case

Rachel Robertson

The last decade has seen a significant growth both in the number of motherhood memoirs and in books about autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Australia is no exception to this trend, and Jo Case, in Boomer & Me, makes a contribution to both fields. As someo ...

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