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Open Page with Helen Garner

September 2019, no. 414

Open Page with Helen Garner

September 2019, no. 414

Where are you happiest?

At the desk, in the moment between putting a full-stop and rereading the sentence.

What’s your idea of hell?

Not being able to read for ten days after cataract surgery.

What do you consider the most specious virtue?

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Comments (2)

  • Helen Garner is always interesting and this Q&A is no exception. I completely agree about the festivals in smaller centres. Perhaps my favourite session ever was in Mildura with David Malouf and Chris Wallace-Crabbe in conversation. My experience with Joan Didion, though, is diametrically opposed to Helen Garner's. I tried reading her when I was in my twenties and it just didn't resonate. I picked up 'Play It As It Lays' this year, aged fifty-five, and I was deeply moved and impressed. Best of all, I am glad that Helen remains a 'bottomless pit of existential uncertainty'. That surely means we can still look forward to her magnificent writing for a while yet.
    Posted by Mark Lamont
    19 May 2020
  • I love reading her essay on grandmothers.
    Posted by Sue POLSON
    11 September 2019

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