Germaine Greer’s telling understory

A writer’s review on Germaine Greer’s White Beech. “Greer has a better time relating to animals than she does humans.” ON the 2006 death of ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin at the barb of a stingray, Germaine Greer infamously declared: “The animal world has finally taken its revenge”. Portrayed as uncaring in the international media, Greer was […]

via Germaine Greer’s telling understory — Writer & Artist Michael Burge

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Stroke of brilliance behind Aussie crawl

“There are not enough great international novels about failure. This is one of them.” AN Australian book tackling the mask of bravado worn by the successful Aussie sportsman was well overdue by the time Christos Tsiolkas’ Barracuda was published in 2013. The author could have chosen from a multitude of codes and team pursuits, but focussing on […]

via Stroke of brilliance behind Aussie crawl — Writer & Artist Michael Burge

Magda’s (not so) funny bits

A writer’s review of Magda Szubanksi’s ‘Reckoning’. WHEN they say that all great comedy emerges from tragedy, they’re talking about books like Magda Szubanski’s Reckoning. Audiences are often perplexed when commentators explore the comic-tragic paradox, a place where there are no easy absolutes. But it’s something Australian creators do particularly well. Think of the suicide […]

via Magda’s (not so) funny bits — Writer & Artist Michael Burge

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