Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

John Ramsland
30 October 2013

Print the Legend

Dear Editor,

In his review of Roger McDonald’s novel The Following, Don Anderson alludes to John Ford’s classic western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) in criticising McDonald for getting the facts wrong (St Vincent’s Hospital Syd ... More

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Mike Ladd et al.
26 September 2013

Olive and Ross

Dear Editor,

I very much enjoyed Helen Ennis’s article about Olive Cotton at Spring Forest (July–August 2013). I stayed there with Geoffrey Lehmann when, in the early 1990s, I was interviewing Ross McInerney and recording Geoff’s poems for an ABC radio feature. At one point Olive popped out of the back door and s ... More

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Alastair Jackson
25 June 2013

A question of syphilis

Dear Editor,

I enjoyed Jeffrey Tate’s excellent review of Paul Kildea’s biography of Benjamin Britten (June 2013). It is always interesting when doctors disagree with a diagnosis – especially with the benefits ... More

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Dean Biron et al.
26 May 2013

Writing first

Dear Editor,

Rock critic Robert Christgau once argued that ‘writing about music is writing first’. His edict puts paid to all those who have erroneously demanded that music reviewers must be musicians themselves or otherwise musically literate. If you can listen to and appreciate music, then you can write about it.

I was surprised ... More

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Mary E. Calwell et al.
27 April 2013

Myth and misrepresentation

Dear Editor,

Lyndon Megarrity’s review of my book, I Am Bound to Be True: The Life and Legacy of Arthur A. Calwell, begins with assertions about Arthur Calwell that appear to be intended to deter the reader from ... More

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Richard J. Martin et al.
25 March 2013

A dilemma

Dear Editor,

Writing about land management issues in Indigenous Australia is replete with sensitivities relating to the complex intersection of ideologies of the environment, development, and Aboriginality. My ... More

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Graham Bradley et al.
05 March 2013

Obama’s second term

Dear Editor,

After admiring Morag Fraser’s perceptive and insightful review of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (February 2013), More

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Alan Gould et al.
03 February 2013

Copping it sweet

Dear Editor,

I’ll cop sweet Jane Sullivan’s disaffection with my novel The Seaglass Spiral (December 2012–January 2013) but must defend my publisher, Finlay Lloyd, against her charge of showing ambiguous support for the book in its introduction.

Put simply, in forty years dealing with publishing houses, large and small, Australian and ... More

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Phil Shannon et al.
29 November 2012

Denialism

Dear Editor,

Jan McGuinness is right to conclude that wading through two books on Gina Rinehart is not exactly one of life’s pleasures, but her review (November 2012) is a fine assessment of both Rinehart’s world of privilege, profits, and power, and of the qualities of Rinehart’s two biographers (De ... More

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25 October 2012

True grit

Dear Editor,

Melinda Harvey’s piece on Michelle de Kretser’s Questions of Travel (October 2012) is precisely the kind of review that makes a reader like myself write to editors. As the last line makes clear, her review is positive, but her first and penultimate paragraphs betray how much academia must ... More

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