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Thursday, 31st 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

Pauline Hanson, Free Speech and Reconciliation

  • Lisa Hill
    Pauline Hanson’s comments in parliament on the so-called ‘race issue’ have been divisive. She has referred to ‘the privileges that Aboriginals enjoy over other Australians’ and has been critical of the so-called ‘guilt’ or ‘Aboriginal Industry’ putatively generated and defended by ‘the fat cats, bureaucrats and do gooders’ who are said to feed off it.1 Ms Hanson has spoken, often inaccurately but with legal impunity, giving rise to a number of questions about the rights, duties and special privileges of parliamentarians ...
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Network Review of Books

Greeniology: How to live well, be green and make a difference (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Lisette Kaleveld in the July 2003 issue.
    In meeting the demands of modern living, some of us feel hopelessly constrained, and utterly ineffective at reducing our impact on the environment, which is both good reason to avoid and good reason to embrace a book like Greeniology: How to live well, be green and make a difference. Author, Tanya Ha, is a campaign development and media manager for Planet Ark, a well-known non-political environmental group that is supported by the proceeds of Greeniology. Tanya Ha, featured on the front cover in a friendly pose that is reminiscent of her semi-celebrity as a regular TV - show guest, has been ... read more.

Beautiful, Unfinished (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Stephen Lawrence in the March 2004 issue.
    M.T.C. Cronin has the true poetic eye. Her creative confidence does not bully or coerce: it seduces. In a way, this collection is a come-on to the audience: she positions herself visually as a sexy Madonna: Luring, tempting, convincing Desire me after all this is abandoned.The back cover photograph is of an El Greco saint glancing heavenward, her barely containable intellect and poetic soul about to burst forth, like an alien from its ripe, sticky egg. Cronin's collection is subtitled 'PARABLE/SONG/CANTO/POEM.' (Something is going on even before we open the book: Why is the title in ... read more.

Boyack: Transactions (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Nathanael O'Reilly in the September 2004 issue.
    Transactions is Neil Boyack's first solo collection; his previous three collections, See Through, Black and Snakeskin/Vanilla, contained stories by Simon Colvey. Readers of Overland will be familiar with Boyack's recent work, as that journal published three of the stories in Transactions: 'Out to Sea', 'Retail -- A Documentary from the Inside', and 'The Football Star'. Critics have labelled Boyack's earlier work as 'Grunge', portraying him as a member of a movement including writers such as Andrew McGahan and Christos Tsiolkas. Although Boyack often engages with the seedier side of Australian ... read more.

Mr Felton's Bequests (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Gillian Dooley in the June 2004 issue.
    The cover of John Poynter's Mr Felton's Bequests is adorned with an adapted quotation from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: 'The good that men do lives after them'. Even if we disregard the disruption of the bard's flawless iambic pentameter caused by substituting 'evil' with 'good', this tag sits oddly with this book. Mark Antony, in his 'Friends, Romans, countrymen' speech, plays with many layers of irony when he says, 'The evil that men do lives after them / The good is oft interred with their bones'. In this worthy, solid work, on the other hand, there is little irony. Still, the point is ... read more.

Looking for Blackfellas' Point: An Australian History of Place (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Robert Foster in the November 2003 issue.
    The origins of this book lie at the intersection of two seemingly independent journeys: the author's personal journey to his new home at 'Blackfellas' Point' in the Eden-Monaro district of southern New South Wales, and a professional journey into the politics of history. Using his curiosity about the history of 'Blackfellas' Point' as the pivot, McKenna has produced a wise, balanced and significant history, both of the relations between Aboriginal people and settlers of the Eden-Monaro district, and of the regional and national forces at work in shaping the way we think about our past. The ... read more.

Rights for Aborigines (2003)

  • imageReviewed by David Ritter in the October 2003 issue.
    Bain Attwood is a New Zealand born, Monash University-based historian of cross-cultural relations in Australia whose first book, The Making of the Aborigines, was published in 1989. His latest work, Rights for Aborigines, is a 'representative' if 'not comprehensive' series of historical case studies of campaigns for rights for Aborigines, beginning in late nineteenth century Victoria and ending in 1970s Canberra. In Making, Attwood suggested that pan-'Aboriginal' identity had been 'made' in the course of colonisation and in Rights he argues that campaigns for Indigenous emancipation are also ... read more.

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