Non Fiction

Putin and the kleptocrats

Nicholas Hordern
Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Nick Hordern – long-time journalist and political staffer – reviews two books on Russia’s controversial leader, Vladimir Putin.

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My Brother Jack at fifty

Kevin Rabalais
Monday, 21 July 2014

Fifty years after the publication of George Johnston’s My Brother Jack, Kevin Rabalais revisits this famous study of family, the Depression, and World War II.

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Piketty-land

Mark Triffitt
Monday, 21 July 2014
Mark Triffitt reviews Thomas Piketty’s influential Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Our reviewer will take part in an ABR/University of Melbourne public forum on Piketty on 19 August. ... (read more)

Peter Kenneally: 'Cordite Poetry Review'

Peter Kenneally
Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The latest edition of this exclusively online poetry journal has no theme, but Cordite’s managing editor, Kent MacCarter, makes a virtue of its lack of subject. He builds the edition around a chapbook he has collated that is called ‘Spoon bending’, arguing a ...

Jay Daniel Thompson: 'Transnational Literature'

Jay Daniel Thompson
Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Transnational Literature is an online, open-access journal that is published by Flinders University. The May 2014 edition certainly lives up to the title. This edition provides an overview of literary texts and theories from across the world.

The academic contributions e ...

Des Cowley: 'Australian Poetry Journal'

Des Cowley
Wednesday, 28 May 2014

My first encounter with concrete poetry came via Apollinaire’s Calligrammes (1918), specifically his eye-catching poem ‘Il Pleut’. With its gently cascading words falling down the page, it was immediately clear that the typographic arrangement of the poem was of far greater import than its semantic content.

Although the term was not coined until ...

Gay Bilson reviews 'The Bloomsbury Cookbook'

Gay Bilson
Wednesday, 28 May 2014

In the first volume of Virginia Woolf’s diary (1915–19), an entry in June 1919 mentions England’s possibly ruined strawberry crop. ‘This is a serious matter for us as we have just bought 60 lbs. of sugar, & had arranged a great jam making. Strawberries are 2/ a lb. at this moment. Asparagus 6d & 7d, & yesterday at Ray’s I ate my first green pea ...

The abiding impact of W.E.B. Du Bois

Luke Horton
Wednesday, 28 May 2014

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868–1963) forged one of the most remarkable careers of his generation. Starting in the 1890s, often considered the nadir of race relations in the United States, he became the first black man to hold a Harvard bachelor’s degree; emerged as Booker T. Washington’s most eloquent opponent on the issue of segregation; published pio ...

Ian Dickson revisits the Chelsea Hotel

Ian Dickson
Wednesday, 28 May 2014

In the heyday of Manhattan hotels, the Chelsea Hotel had its own special niche. The Pierre exuded wealth and exclusivity, the Plaza a sort of bourgeois glamour as the place where the bridge and tunnel crowd would throw caution to the wind and rent a corner suite for big occasions, and the Algonquin, with its round table and Hamlet the cat, radiated intellectual chic ...

Fiona Gruber: For Auld Lang Syne

Fiona Gruber
Wednesday, 28 May 2014
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