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The uber-burdens of authorship
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July 2022, no. 444
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Open Secrets: Essays on the writing life edited by Catriona Menzies-Pike

Sydney Review of Books, $29.95 pb, 231 pp

Bleak times

The uber-burdens of authorship
by
July 2022, no. 444

In her introduction to Sydney Review of Book’s latest anthology, Open Secrets: Essays on the writing life, Catriona Menzies-Pike quickly establishes what readers should not expect. ‘There are no precious morning rituals here,’ the editor promises, ‘no magic tricks for aspiring writers.’ It’s true that these essays, each a mix of disarming honesty and polymathic intelligence, hover far above the glut of literary listicles clogging the internet. And thank goodness: if I have to suffer Hemingway mansplaining show-don’t-tell one more time, I may go out and shoot a lion myself.

Alex Cothren reviews 'Open Secrets: Essays on the writing life' edited by Catriona Menzies-Pike

Open Secrets: Essays on the writing life

edited by Catriona Menzies-Pike

Sydney Review of Books, $29.95 pb, 231 pp

Buy this book

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