Best of the blog

For some reason, in my early to mid-20s, this blog had quite a following. I blogged twice a week for several years, and it was Crikey‘s official literary blog. Here are some of the posts people (or I) liked.

In the author’s words

* Like, embrace the pain: the Bret Easton Ellis interview (with Kathy Charles), parts one and two

The epic qualities of outwardly ordinary lives: By Nightfall and Michael Cunningham in Australia

* 1001 Australian Nights: Gerard Elson interviews Dave Graney, parts one and two

* Love & logic: Graeme Simsion on The Rosie Project

* A dream-logic London squid riff: an interview with China Miéville, parts one and two

* Exquisite restraint, maximum expression: an interview with Colm Tóibín (parts one and two)

* Both ways is the only way she wants it: an interview with Maile Meloy

* Elif Batuman, author of The Possessed: a ‘responsive’ interview

* Pleasure, memory, decay, and The Stranger’s Child: an interview with Alan Hollinghurst

* Peter Goldsworthy on Gravel

* My interview with Alex Miller at Perth Writers Festival in 2010 (audio)

* In the end we all fade to black: a ‘responsive’ interview with Kathy Charles, author of Hollywood Ending

* Tom Cho: a ‘responsive’ interview

* The books of life: By the Book by Ramona Koval

* Lisa Dempster on walking the henro michi in Japan and her memoir Neon Pilgrim (2009)


* Brainy stuff at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013 (parts one and two)

* Chairing panels and interviewing authors on stage: a few things I’ve learnt (2014)

* Some notes on the ‘new world’ of publishing (2010)

* 10 things about Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2009

* Fragments from the Sydney Writers’ Festival 2012


Review of The Ballad of Moondyne Joe (John Kinsella & Naill Lucy) and The Hanging of Minnie Thwaites (Judith Rodriguez)

* My review of Ali Alizadeh‘s Iran: My Grandfather

* ‘If only a nippleless bra could make it all work’: Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story

* Investing in Rainbows: Lisa Lang‘s Utopian Man 

* Matthia Dempsey on Patti Smith‘s Just Kids

* On Janet Frame’s In the Memorial Room

* Joel Magarey‘s Exposure: A Journey

* On my favourite Franz Kafka story ‘In the Penal Colony‘ (for The Gum Wall)

Things We Didn’t See Coming by Steven Amsterdam

* Re-reading Prochownik’s Dream by Alex Miller

Our Father Who Wasn’t There by David Carlin

The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton

* Richard Yates: Collected Stories (now one of my all-time favourite books)



* Now (2009)

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