The Ghosts of Eleanor Dark

The Ghosts of Eleanor Dark

Words by Luke Carman I was raised in a house where inconspicuous wards were placed in every room to protect us against the threat of supernatural entities – an evil eye over the front door, rings blessed by priests hanging from boards, statuettes of saints by the...
Keep Going, Get Better || Luke Carman

Keep Going, Get Better || Luke Carman

Words || Luke Carman  In November 2018 there was an arts festival out in Blacktown. Each evening the festivities began with an address from a Bigambul Elder named Uncle Wes, who told stories on the library steps with his mic crackling against the caprice of the summer...
Rethinking Voss || Jonathan Dunk

Rethinking Voss || Jonathan Dunk

Increasingly I think that the best kinds of writing about literature estrange it: illuminate its singularities through the performance of reading. So there’s a sense in which a ‘case for’ any particular novel is inherently pyrrhic. That said, where Patrick White’s...
Theses on Colonial Antinomy || Jonathan Dunk

Theses on Colonial Antinomy || Jonathan Dunk

Words || Jonathan Dunk  Aboriginal writing is different. Not in any innate primitivist sense, it’s just doing different things, following different rules and patterns of relation. It doesn’t follow the straight lines that wittingly or otherwise I’ve learnt, been...
Dodge Rose: Heretical Modernism by Jonathan Dunk

Dodge Rose: Heretical Modernism by Jonathan Dunk

Words || Jonathan Dunk  It’s been ubiquitously noted that the publication of Jack Cox’s Dodge Rose in 2016 bucked a number of Auslit publication trends, and some international formal ones. Beginning with the obvious, it was published by Dalkey Archive in the US before...
Neurological Illness in Australian Fiction

Neurological Illness in Australian Fiction

I don’t read fiction about illness much. I know that’s not what you expected, as it goes directly against the premise of this essay. But fiction allows me to inhabit another body; it’s a luxury. I’m not sure I want to read about a body that is ill like mine. Thinking...
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