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Thursday, 24th April 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

blackBOX: Painting A Digital Picture of Documented Memory (

  • Tatiana Pentes
    blackBOX interface still, a digital media work by Tatiana Pentes.It is inscribed, as on Pandora’s Box … do not open … passions … escape in all directions from a box that lies open … (Bruno Latour, ‘Opening Pandora’s Black Box’, 1987.)1This article is an examination and critical positioning of my current digital media project blackBOX — Painting a Digital Picture of Documented Memory. blackBOX is an interactive CD-ROM ‘game’ and also an internet work. blackBOX seeks to exploit and enhance the creative potentials of digitally ...
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Network Review of Books

Diplomatic Deceits: Government, Media and East Timor (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Denise Woods in the November 2001 issue.
    In 1999, media images of the violence and destruction in East Timor resulted in a public outcry, which saw the Australian government initiating a United Nations approved peacekeeping force for East Timor. While in this case the Australian media had a quick and somewhat positive effect, this was not representative of the type of responses the Australian media received in the past for their coverage of East Timor. The role of the Australian media has been a more important issue in relation to Australia-Indonesia relations than to Australia's relationship with any other country in the region. In ... read more.

Yuanxiang (Otherland) Literary Journal (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Miriam Lo in the September 2001 issue.
    The twentieth century was a time of great social and political upheaval in China and this period of change is strongly reflected in Chinese language literature, particularly poetry. One of the catalysts for the literary 'revolution' was the young Chinese writer Hu Shi's eight principles for literary reform, which were published in 1917 and became widely influential. The changes that occurred in Chinese language literature after 1917 cannot be underestimated. As Michelle Yeh in Modern Chinese Poetry puts it, 'the distinction between tradition and modernity is not merely chronological or formal ... read more.

Hell Has Harbour Views (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Philip Burgess in the November 2001 issue.
    Starting in the 1980s the American author John Grisham, a law graduate from the University of Mississippi and sometime law practitioner, has invented and developed a whole new genre of fiction, the legal thriller (The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Rainmaker, The Brethren, etc.). The stories have proved eminently filmable and Grisham has made millions of dollars in the process. Scott Turow, by far the better writer, is another American lawyer turned author (though he still practices) who has done well as a novelist on legal themes. In Australia, another who has sought to do the same is a current ... read more.

Bruny D'Entrecasteaux, Voyages to Australia and the Pacific, 1791-1793 (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Leo Scheps in the November 2001 issue.
    The Chevalier Antoine-Raymond-Joseph Bruny d'Entrecasteaux, a French naval officer, and erstwhile governor of the slave colonies of Mauritius and Réunion under Louis XVI, was given command of two ships, the Recherche and the Espérance, by the new National Assembly in 1791. Ostensibly to investigate the disappearance of the explorer La Pérouse, and to conduct scientific experiments, the voyage took him to Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, and in particular, New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, where his splendid name, along with those of several of his officers, survived ... read more.

Body Trade: Captivity, Cannibalism and Colonialism in the Pacific (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Max Quanchi in the November 2002 issue.
    The anticipated audience for the thirteen essays in Body Trade is not clear and the cataloguing in-publication details reflect this uncertainty, listing 'cannibalism, colonization, indigenous peoples, human body, Australia and Pacific' as a guide, for librarians, at least. It is an ambitious project to tackle links between these fields, particularly without acknowledging the disciplines of history and anthropology that underpin the approach to the specific subject matter of several of the Body Trade's contributors. Body Trade is an uneven and diverse collection, as might be expected, ... read more.

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.

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