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Apples and Oranges: The false economy of the parallel importation debate

The government’s recent decision to support the removal of parallel importation restrictions (PIR) on books shows that it is determined to treat Australian books like oranges. This stance makes it clear that the government sees no particular cultural value in the works of Australian authors, and in the production of Australian literature. Rather, it values above all else the unit price of a book, regardless of its origin. Read more »

On bed, a bed, beds

A bed can be a fort, and a nest. I still sleep with pillows all around me, in my arms, between my legs. But I can’t cuddle through the night; I’m too claustrophobic. Sometimes I wake from a nightmare and I must wait until the paranoia subsides until I can step off the bed and down. Read more »

Tell Me, Princess: The evolution of Disney’s princess songs

Two years ago today, Disney’s Frozen was unleashed upon the world. As far as rapacious corporate behemoths go, it’s one of the more appealing, and remains surprisingly resilient to repeat screenings. But at the heart of its achievement sits one indisputable melodic and cultural phenomenon: ‘Let It Go’. Read more »

Letting the Essays Do The Talking: Meghan Daum’s My Misspent Youth

In the introduction to her essay collection My Misspent Youth, Meghan Daum writes that as frank as her essays are, they ‘are not confessions’. The personal essay may have long defined Daum, but she is far from a ‘confessional writer’, a title she has long resisted. Read more »

Between You & Me: The New Yorker’s Mary Norris on publishing, editing and insecurity

Mary Norris begins her chatty grammar guide and memoir, Between You & Me, by chronicling the odd jobs she held before she began working at the New Yorker in 1978. She delivered milk – awkwardly calling ‘Milkwoman!’ when she left bottles at each stop – and crashed the dairy truck. Read more »

On judging the Most Underrated Book Award

The chair of the judging panel for the Most Underrated Book Award shares his observations on the award, what it means to be ‘underrated’, and the current landscape of Australian literary prizes. Read more »

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Sex, Drugs and the New Yorker: The Kill Your Darlings Podcast goes wild

This month on the podcast we speak to author Sarah Waters (The Paying Guests), Deborah Treisman of The New Yorker Fiction Podcast, writer and journalist Eileen Ormsby (The Silk Road) and listen to Krissy Kneen read an excerpt from The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine. Read more »

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