Crow Mellow, the sixth novel by Julian Davies, centres on a bush retreat where a millionaire couple gathers artists to share around ideas. From an optimistic standpoint, the retreat is a salon. Viewed differently, all parties are engaged in a status grab: artists ‘came from the cities of the east coast to score … the kudos of being there when their colleagues weren’t’. For the millionaires, collecting artists has its own benefits.
Ronnie Scott is a contributor to The Big Issue and The Believer, and the comics and graphic novels critic for The Book Show on ABC Radio National. He is finishing a PhD on comics at The University of Melbourne, where he teaches. He edits The Lifted Brow, a freeform arts, culture, and fiction magazine.
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