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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

Young People, Politics and Television Current Affairs in Australia

  • Vanessa Evans and Jason Sternberg
    imageThe victory of John Howard’s coalition government at the 1996 federal election and its re-election in 1998 have brought about a series of harsh, restrictive youth policies that for some, border on ‘institutional discrimination’.1 Youth wages have been cut and access to the dole tightened.2 At the same time, policies to reduce youth unemployment, homelessness and suicide have been neglected, schools have been closed down and higher education fees increased.3 Young adults in Australia are increasingly constructed as political objects. However, the extent to which they are ...
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Network Review of Books

I Knit Water (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Sue Bond in the March 2003 issue.
    Mark Heron moves into HardgraveLodge in West End after his lover,Renee, says to him, 'Mark, I'm in lovewith all this, ... indicating the house,the cars, the cat, not with you' (p 2).Hardgrave Lodge is a converted housethat has been made into six flats, andlooks like 'an elderly pensioner beingassimilated by robots' (p 3). Over thecourse of the novel, Mark meets theother residents. They include Steve, anartist 'terrified by art' who has notfinished a painting since winning amajor prize some years ago. Stevewelcomes Mark to 'Heartbreak Lodge'(the reader comes to learn why itdeserves that name) ... read more.

There's a Woman in the House: a 1950s journey (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Joanna Besley in the April 2004 issue.
    There's a Woman in the House: A 1950s Journey has something of the character of a treasured family possession such as a photo album or home movie. It is a collection of writings by Lyn Jordan who began writing as a freelance journalist when living as a young married woman on construction sites in rural Victoria and went on to work as a teacher, educator and examiner of HSC and VCE English for over twenty years. Lyn was also mother to six children and the collection was assembled and edited by one of her daughters, Deborah Jordan (with Sarah Paddle), with research assistance from several grand ... read more.

Big Bother: why did that reality-tv show become such a phenomenon? (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Kate Douglas in the August 2002 issue.
    A lot has been said and written about the worldwide Big Brother phenomena and 'Reality Television' more generally. Significantly though, those who have no interest and seemingly little knowledge of this media marvel have generated much of the dialogue. Within this context, Toni Johnson-Woods' Big Bother offers a refreshingly rigorous, and often reverent, work of research that is concerned with the production and reception of series one of Australian Big Brother. Big Brother has been a constant presence in popular media and talkback since it began in the Netherlands in 1999. Its popularity is ... read more.

Tourmaline (2002)

  • imageReviewed by James Wells-Green in the March 2003 issue.
    This re-issue of Randolph Stow's fourth novel is particularly timely given that much of Australia is presently threatened by drought and desertification and the country as a whole is facing the prospect of its involvement in another, possibly nuclear, conflagration. Tourmaline is set in a remote mining town of the same name in Western Australia after a nuclear holocaust. A stranger, Michael Random, comes in from the desert to resolve his own spiritual problems but soon involves the entire dry, desperate, and dying town in his struggle. Random claims to be a dowser, a diviner, and he ... read more.

The Blue Mansion (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Christine Choo in the September 2004 issue.
    The mansion of Cheong Fatt Tze located in Leith Street, Penang, was built at the cusp of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and embodied the best of Eastern and Western influences in a colonial environment. It was his favourite home built for his favourite consort, his seventh wife, and is said to have outstripped all his other homes in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Singapore, in beauty, refinement and architectural interest. The Blue Mansion records in beautiful colour and presentation, the story of Cheong Fatt Tze, the architecture and history of the mansion and the successful and ... read more.

Third Take: Australian Film-Makers Talk (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Rick Rutjens in the December 2002 issue.
    Third Take is the second collection of writings and memoirs on the Australian film industry edited by Raffaele Caputo and Geoff Burton. Like Second Take before it, Third Take is based on John Boorman and Walter Donahue's Projections anthologies; both are collections of writings on (and often by) filmmakers and their work. With some most notable names in the list of contributors -- De Heer, Noyce, O'Rourke, Ellis, Hunter, Dominik, Weir, and Minghella, amongst others -- this book is something of a must for Australian film buffs and filmgoers. The musings of the various filmmakers are ... read more.

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