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Thursday, 24th July 2014

API Review of Books

Altitude BirdIssue 44
Features reviews by Kathleen Broderick, Linn Miller, Christine Choo, Bill Thorpe, David Ritter, Eve Vincent, Stephanie Bishop, Alison Miles, Richard Kay, Amanda Day, Bernard Whimpress, Mads Clausen, Marion May Campbell, Sylvia Alston, Catie Gilchrist, Eva Chapman, Lucy Dougan, Stephen Lawrence and Nathanael O'Reilly. Click here for more details.


Altitude BirdPopular Music: Practices, Formations and Change - Australian Perspectives
The papers collected here in this special edition of Altitude offer a brief snapshot of popular music research broadly connected with Australia. The essays demonstrate the variety of theoretical and methodological approaches used by researchers in the fields of popular music studies and cultural studies to explore themes of popular music practice, formation and change in an Australian context. Click here for more details.

Network Scholars

Criminals and pimps: Keith Windschuttle and Tasmanian Aborigines

  • Shayne Breen
    Recent comment on Keith Windschuttle's The Fabrication of Aboriginal History concentrates on the book's claims that both Henry Reynolds and Lyndall Ryan deliberately fabricated stories of frontier conflict, thereby greatly exaggerating the Aboriginal death toll. The purpose of this fabrication, according to Windschuttle, was to support a subversive political agenda of Aboriginal separatism and the generation of white self-hate. Although bordering on the irrational, these are very serious charges. They are at the core of Windschuttle's book, and it is important they are rigorously scrutinised ...
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Network Review of Books

Broken Lives (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Ann Howard in the December 2002 issue.
    This account of Eric Cooke, the chilling WA serial killer, is so riveting that I read it from cover to cover. While I was reading at home, a power strike blacked out my house for two hours. I took the book to bed with a torch to read by and two dogs for company. After an hour, I realised I was alone in the house with a wide open back door, in the same vulnerable position as one of Cooke's many murder victims. I specify 'murder' victims because many ordinary, nice people like you and I fell across the path of this slight man with a harelip, who never left fingerprints, only a trail of ... read more.

Sounds from the Stables: A history of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Joanna Besley in the June 2002 issue.
    In the introduction to her engaging history of the Sydney Conservatorium, Diane Collins makes a thought-provoking statement: 'Music has been disgracefully neglected in most conventional histories of Australia' she declares, arguing that Australian historical scholarship is 'substantially diminished' by the neglect of 'aural history and culture'. This idea of aural history is intriguing -- what might this history be like and is this account, the first published history of Sydney's Conservatorium, a taste of the aural history that Collins advocates? More than just an historical account of the ... read more.

Corvus (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Stephen Lawrence in the October 2002 issue.
    The raven is traditionally a night bird; however, Tim Metcalf's collection opens with an autumn sunrise lifting this bird into flight across open land. The modern reader is thus more likely to recall Ted Hughes' Crow than the croaking raven bellowing for revenge in Hamlet. At the same time as Corvus emerges from the eye of dawn, the sun's 'harsh light' also rises over the city, and we are quickly enveloped in Metcalf's working day. The opening pieces, and those dealing with his experiences as a doctor, are amongst his best poems. They are grounded in the physical directness of the medically ... read more.

Full Circle: From Mission to Community a Family Story (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Jo Lampert in the June 2002 issue.
    As a non-indigenous person reviewing a book like Full Circle, it is important to acknowledge up-front the problems of 'gaze'. This is probably also true of biography or autobiography in general: a reviewer can never really know the reasons compelling a writer to tell about their own life, or that of their family or communities. With indigenous literature, particularly in the reasonably common genre of 'life story', it can only be presumed that the purpose for writing the story is at least three-fold: to help the author on their personal journey to self-discovery, to inform the reader about ... read more.

The Man from the Sunrise Side (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Christine Choo in the July 2003 issue.
    Oomarri, where Ambrose Mungala Chalarimeri was born, is an indescribably beautiful place on the King George River in the far north of Western Australia. It is only possible to reach there, the Sunrise Side, by helicopter or light plane or by driving long hours deep into the bush along unmarked dirt tracks. This is the country to which Ambrose Chalarimeri belongs and which he claims as his birthright. The Man from the Sunrise Side is the story of Chalarimeri, a remarkable man, who was taken to Kalumburu Mission (formerly Drysdale River Mission) when he was a child of six. He and his infant ... read more.

Elect The Ambassador! Building Democracy in a Globalised World (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Robert Imre in the October 2001 issue.
    This is quite an interesting book. Duncan Kerr has distilled a great deal of information about globalisation trends in approximately 130 pages. This is not what makes it interesting, for all of this information is to be found in any number of the large variety of university texts available for the global politics courses I lecture. Elect the Ambassador! is interesting because of the recommendations for the democratisation of the institutions which are setting the various agenda for the globalisation process. While some of the suggestions are not the kind I might agree with, there are so few ... read more.

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