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Monday, 28th July 2014

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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

The Greens: The success story of the election

  • Ben Oquist
    ‘Among the smaller parties, the losers were the Nationals, the Democrats and One Nation, and the winners were the Greens'. Michelle Grattan, Sydney Morning Herald, 12 November 2001. ‘For another minor party, the Greens, the election was as spectacular a success'. Age, Editorial, 13 November 2001. ‘[T]he Greens, the success story of the election'. Alan Ramsey, Sydney Morning Herald, 12 November 2001.On 27 August a notice was placed in the Prime Ministerial media advice cabinet announcing that Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock and Prime Minister John Howard would hold a ...
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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.

Leisure and Pleasure: Reshaping and Revealing the New Zealand Body 1900-1960 (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Kate Darian-Smith in the February 2004 issue.
    Eugen Sandow, who gained international stardom as a body builder and performer, arrived in Auckland in November 1902 to commence an extended tour of New Zealand's cities and towns. Sandow's vaudeville style theatrical show attracted capacity audiences, and he was clearly a man of considerable personal presence. Indeed, on the front cover of Caroline Daley's new book, Leisure & Pleasure, there is a striking photographic reproduction of Sandow taken at the height of his career, where his sculpturally muscular body is draped only in a leopard-skin loincloth. But Sandow, whose physique ... read more.

The Fuss That Never Ended: The Life and Work of Geoffrey Blainey (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Katrina Gulliver in the February 2005 issue.
    In this collection of essays Blainey's work is assessed from a variety of angles. The contributors -- all but Morag Fraser are academics -- take disparate approaches to Blainey's legacy as a historian and public intellectual. Stuart Macintyre presents an account of Blainey's impact on the discipline of Australian history. This is thoughtful but concludes by clarifying -- if such clarification were necessary -- that Macintyre does not agree with Blainey's views on Asian immigration and describes Blainey as a 'maverick'. Geoffrey Bolton's 'Tyranny of Distance Revisited' offers a ... read more.

En Passant (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Stephen Lawrence in the June 2003 issue.
    In grey, the sea forged between my thighs gasping for blue sky... ('Cumberland Island')Zan Ross' poetry is characterised by a wild precision. Part of the pleasure in reading her new book is peeling the rinds of association that spin off the poems in all directions. Like Neo in flight, she flames across her landscapes--as much for dirty fun as from a sense of civic duty. 'En Passant is sex, sex, sex...' writes MTC Cronin -- but it is more than this. The multiplicities, speed-hump syntax and jazz-riffing had me revisiting and re-returning to (and re-arriving at) many of Ross' poems. And ... 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.

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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