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Thursday, 21st 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

Origins of a Royal Commission

  • Lyndall Ryan
    The Ngarrindjeri people come from the Lower Murray Region of South Australia, from Cape Jervis on the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula to Swanport on the Murray River in the north to Kingston in the south east.1 Their territory includes Encounter Bay, Lake Albert and Lake Alexandrina, the waterways and the islands therein, including Hindmarsh Island, and the Coorong. When European sealers and whalers arrived in the area in 1800, the Ngarrindjeri numbered about 7000. By the time British colonisation of South Australia began in 1836 and the colonial government leased Hindmarsh Island to a ...
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Network Review of Books

The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Noel Pearson in the September 2001 issue.
    This is a very interesting book setting out a compelling theory on how the great majority of the world's population (the poor in the Third World and in the former communist states) are locked out of the ability to participate in and benefit from the key processes of capitalism: the ability to form capital. Hernando de Soto is active across the Third World working from the Institute of Liberty and Democracy in Lima, Peru in his words, the quest to create a non-discriminatory market system where the law helps everyone to have an opportunity to prosper. Though the communist states have ... read more.

The God in the Ink (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Enza Gandolfo in the Dec 2001-Jan 2002 issue.
    There are many fine moments - pearls - in The God in the Ink. Set in Tasmania, where the writer lives, and in Japan, where she has taught English, the novel has a very strong sense of each place, its history and culture: 'Be like the pearl oyster'. Yoshikawa-san, the main protaganist's sumi-e master says: 'Take the suffering, the wound, and layer it over again and again with beauty and meaning'. This Buddhist metaphor for life reveals something of Lomer's concerns in the writing of The God in the Ink, with the nature of home and belonging, the dislocation caused by war and the process of ... read more.

Love This Life: Lyrics 1978--2001 (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Steve Evans in the October 2001 issue.
    Neil Finn has been writing popular songs through various permutations of bands (Split Enz, The Mullanes, Crowded House, Finn) and during his current solo career. His newly published collection of lyrics removes the musical props and gives us a chance to take the words in isolation. In the heyday of Crowded House, Finn was occasionally feted as the new Paul McCartney. There was a sting in the tail of that comparison, perhaps recalled when McCartney's own collection of lyrics and poems, Blackbird Singing: Poems and Lyrics 1965--1999, was released in March. Its editor, Mersey poet, Adrian ... read more.

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.

Global Sex (2001)

  • imageReviewed by John Sinclair in the March 2002 issue.
    Since globalisation is a cultural as well as an economic and political phenomenon, and all cultures have their modes of regulating gender and sexuality, a book on globalisation and sexuality seems a useful medium to approach questions of how the global interconnectedness of cultures today is exerting its influence on sexual mores, behaviour and identities everywhere. This is the rationale Altman makes for Global Sex, though he is also explicitly concerned to keep cultural changes firmly within the perspective of a 'political economy' of sex. In particular, he sees the structured inequalities ... read more.

Film: A Novel (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Kelly McWilliam in the November 2001 issue.
    Sean Condon's first novel, Film, strives like its central character to be more than it is. In the tradition of Condon's earlier work -- glib non-fiction travel adventure book Sean and David's Drive Thru America (Lonely Planet, 1998), and its prequel Sean and David's Long Drive (Lonely Planet, 1996) -- Film is as likeable and entertaining as it is frustrating. After initially borrowing heavily from writers like Nick Hornby and Ben Elton, Condon also sets standards he does not quite reach. Film follows the life of unappealing cinephile Henry Powdermaker who, after producing a film that breaks ... read more.

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