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Friday, 1st August 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

Finding a Voice on Indigenous Issues: Midnight Oil's Inappropriate Appropriations

  • Laetitia Vellutini
    Midnight Oil is undoubtedly Australia’s best-known political rock band. For twenty-five years, the group has voiced demands for social justice and publicly criticised aspects of Australian society. It seems inevitable that the band came to be concerned with Indigenous issues and found ways to debate these issues within mainstream discourse. However, while seeking to promote greater understanding of the deleterious effects of ‘white’ Australia on the Indigenous population, the band made choices that some of the people they attempted to represent found offensive and viewed as ...
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Network Review of Books

Kissing the Curve (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Andrew Johnson in the April 2004 issue.
    The New Poets series from Five Islands Press has, with the addition of this group of six, now put fifty-four Australian poets into print. The 'new' of the series title might suggest to some that the poets presented are young, and if not previously unpublished at least relatively unknown in print. Neither of these assumptions is correct. All of the poets have appeared, frequently, in print in a variety of Australian and international journals, magazines and daily papers, and while it is irrelevant as a category for judging the merit of the poetry, or much else for that matter, it might also be ... read more.

Spooling Through: an irreverent memoir (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Jonathan Richards in the October 2004 issue.
    I took a long time to finish this book because I enjoyed it so much. I read slowly to ensure I didn't miss anything and prolonged the inevitable -- finishing the book. Each chapter revealed more about the intriguing history of public broadcasting in Australia, and also gave new insights into the character and experiences of Tim Bowden. The book, beginning with his childhood in Tasmania, is an entertaining and informative account of Tim Bowden's life as a journalist, radio presenter and television personality. Profusely illustrated with snaps from the Bowden family albums, this is more than ... read more.

The Hulk (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Moya Costello in the January 2006 issue.
    Simon Robb's The Hulk is engaged in multitasking and to read it is to engage in multiskilling. To open its pages is to read fiction, specifically the Gothic genre (or perhaps we should say neo-Gothic); to consider history, specifically an aspect of Australia's unreconciled past; and to play with textuality, with writing and reading. Context, often taken for granted in books produced by globalised publishers, is pronounced and foregrounded in the production values of The Hulk. The imprint is the cheekily named Post Taste which we can immediately assume correctly to be a small, independent ... read more.

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.

The Falling Woman (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Diane Brown in the Aug/Sep 2003 issue.
    Just over a decade ago, when The Falling Woman was first published, it was listed across the Tasman in the Top Twenty Titles at the 1992 New Zealand Women's Book Festival. Hawthorne's well-crafted lyrical novel -- a powerful exploration of myth and place, survival and self -- has been reissued at a time when first Australian novels are receiving more attention in this country. Flying and Falling, the figure featured on the original cover, is the unusual and unique work of the gifted Australian artist and sculptor, Suzanne Bellamy. Part of this figure, Estelle, photographed by Lariane ... read more.

Designs on a Landscape: A History of Planning in North Sydney (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Melissa Bellanta in the February 2005 issue.
    'Successful local history', it has been said, 'demands breadth of vision combined with a well honed appreciation of the significance of small things'. The struggle to bring a locality into intricate and intensely detailed life, and at the same time to maintain a sense of its broader context, is indeed the key challenge for local historians. Successful planning history is arguably even more demanding. How to forge a coherent narrative out of the mass of competing and overlapping governmental bodies and instruments; the array of LEPs, SEPs, RAGs and other bewildering acronyms; the interweaving ... read more.

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