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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

Remembering Chinese ...

  • Greg Leong
    imageTraditional notions of identity have been based around paradigms of a centre. In more recent times, concepts of de-centred identity have developed. These diametrically opposed visions have given rise to the struggle to define a personal sense of ‘cultural identity’ so often expressed in the literary, film, visual and performing art work of Asian Australian artists. This essay focuses on my recent body of work, Remembering Chinese,1 a collection of deceptively Chinese garments and accessories, and is an examination of the tension between the cultural identity we construct for ...
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Network Review of Books

A Garden of My Own: Australian gardeners' stories (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Tony Smith in the Aug/Sep 2003 issue.
    Sales figures suggest that Australians read more gardening magazines than literary journals. Among a people who seem to be content with browsing through glossy 'lifestyle' books rather than actually living, we should not underestimate the value of a genuine handbook of gardening experience, produced on recycled paper, and without photographs. A Garden of My Own has been generated by interest in the Open Gardens scheme. Apart from helping charities in this age of the shrinking dollar of compassion, open gardens provide the opportunity for gardeners -- and there is a gardener of some sort ... read more.

From the Suburbs: Building a nation from our neighbourhoods (2003)

  • imageReviewed by James Haughton in the July 2003 issue.
    This volume is a collection of Mark Latham's recent speeches, delivered variously as lectures to academics or true believers, discussion papers and speeches in Parliament. This may account for the uneven tone of the work. Part sophisticated analysis and part high-spirited polemic, the book is best viewed as an adjunct to Latham's longer analytical books, What Did You Learn Today, The Enabling State and Civilising Global Capital, to which the endnotes regularly refer. In these pieces we see Latham pitching his ideas to the people in an easily digestible form. The book is divided into three ... read more.

Caldera: Narrative Excursions (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Deborah Jordan in the September 2004 issue.
    Caldera: narrative excursions is a finely produced selection of writings, theoretical and creative, and as the editors hope, with an 'excursive' approach to their subjects, digressing from the paths, ranging widely, inclined to stray and going beyond. Similar to the format of a little magazines and subtitled art culture literary theory fiction history memoir politics, the collection, we can hope, is the first of many such occasional publications. Caldera narrative excursions contains some real gems, intimate, vivid and finely crafted; most include some self-reflective notion of the writer ... read more.

Bacchanalia (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Stephen Lawrence in the July 2004 issue.
    Here is another in the successful Interactive Press series of emerging writers. This press produces high-quality work -- although 11-point Georgia can be an unforgiving font to the reader's eye, and an incorrect web address at the rear of this book may confuse those interested in further exploring what the publisher has to offer. Brett Dionysius' second collection has a confident tone, evident in his earlier poetry, and he chooses sometimes confrontational subject-matter without apology. We are in southern Queensland (David Malouf territory) -- and Dionysius shows us very specific parts: ... read more.

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.

Where the Cool Warrichi Flows (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Bruce Johnson in the June 2004 issue.
    These deceptively straightforward short stories do honour to a major literary tradition that is represented by writers as diverse as Proust and WG Sebald: to seek the meaning in and of memory, and also the memory of remembering:What my sister Dell and I have set out to do is to recover a lost world -- in fact two worlds: one, arising out of memories of our childhood on the farm, Marite, in the Eastern Transvaal in South Africa from the time of the Great Depression till the beginning of the Second World War; the other, including the South African ('Boer War'), 1900-1902 but reaching back in ... read more.

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