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Issue Details: First known date: 2014... no. 138 2014 of Island est. 1990- Island
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The Inescapable Conclusion Taking Comedy Seriously, Tim Ferguson , 2014 single work criticism
'Abstract: The Australian comedy industry generates billions of dollars from film, television, theatre and standup. It employs hundreds of writers, actors and production personnel. Most of Australia's biggest box office earners have been comedy movies. Switch on any free-to-air network during evening primetime and you will see sitcoms, sketch shows and topical comedy shows, such as Shawn Micallef 's Mad As Hell. The nation's biggest comedy event, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, rivals all our arts festivals in terms of national profile, media attention and box office takings.' (Publication abstract)
(p. 14-19)
Dessaix: A Grand Narrative, Adam Ouston (interviewer), 2014 single work interview
'Robert is a writer, broadcaster, essayist, translator and, as of quite recently, a playwright. After teaching Russian Language and Literature at the ANU and the University of New South Wales, he moved into radio as the host of the ABC's Books and Writing program before taking up writing full-time. Since then, he has produced many books, essays, reviews and, more recently, a play (staged for the very first time last year in Launceston in the Earl Arts Centre). Robert's major publications include the autobiography, A Mother's Disgrace (1994); two novels, Night Letters: A Journey through Switzerland and Italy (1996) and Corfu: A Novel (2001); two travel memoirs, Twilight of Love: Travels with Turgenev (2004) and Arabesques: A Tale of Double Lives (2008); as well as two collections of essays, And So Forth (1998) and As I was Saying (2012). These books often focus on the question of self: the self or selves of the authors in whose footsteps Robert travels, and also the self of the narrating persona.' (Publication abstract)
(p. 26-31)
Bibliomancer : Nick Cave, Writer, Gerard Elson , 2014 single work criticism
'Abstract: Gerard Elson goes in search of Nick Cave's inner word nerd, and essays the influence of Vladimir Nabokov, Martin Amis and John Berryman.' (Publication abstract)
(p. 32-42)
David Malouf : A Life of Letters, Kerry Kilner , 2014 single work criticism
'At the State Library of Queensland on Friday 6 June 2014, David Malouf gave an address as a part of his SW Brooks visiting lectureship at the University of Queensland. The event was also part of Queensland Week and was one of a series of events honouring Malouf ’s contribution to Australia’s literary culture. Malouf opened his inspiring talk by reflecting on how recent public events associated with his 80th birthday had given him cause to think about the complex factors at play in the creation of what has become his ‘body of work’. The metaphor of the body in this phrase struck him as significant because of the sort of writer he is.' (Author's introduction)
(p. 44-45)
Slow the Digitisation : I Want to Take a Break, Clay Djubal , 2014 single work criticism
'The launch of Trove by the National Library of Australia in 2008 has revolutionised the way researchers of Australian history and culture go about their work. Since the first digitised newspapers became public in 2009 the NLA and its numerous partners have published more than thirteen million pages from newspapers around the country. The speed at which this digitisation process is occurring is mind-boggling, if not a little worrisome, particularly for professional historians and academics. Why? Well let’s look at the benefits first. An accidental discovery made while I was investigating locally produced pantomimes for AustLit’s Australian Popular Theatre project exemplifies the immense value of Trove. During my search I noticed references to a performance by the Ethiopian Serenaders in Hobart in July 1848. The earliest date for a minstrel performance had been previously acknowledged as occurring in Melbourne in August 1849 (by the ‘Four Ethiopian Serenaders’). The source for this new information comes from the Colonial Times (1828-1857), a newspaper that was available only through a handful of Australian libraries prior to its digitisation.' (Author's introduction)
(p. 48-49)
Phil of Lilyfield, Lenny Bartulin , 2014 single work short story (p. 58-59)
Lacuna, Madelaine Lucas , 2014 single work short story
'At a truck stop just outside Newcastle he surprises me with flowers. I am sitting in a booth in a caf next to the petrol station, drinking a burnt coffee and looking over my last roll of photos when he slides into the seat opposite me, cradling a bunch of paper daisies wrapped in silver cellophane...' (Publication abstract)
(p. 60-64)
An Anti-glacier Book, Ben Walter , 2014 single work short story
(p. 66-69)
Dreaming of Li Bai, Kim Cheng Boey , 2014 single work short story

' He had just sat down to a flagon of wine in the Phoenix Inn in Luoyang when he heard the words that he instantly recognised as a drinking poem by Tao Yuanming. There was an inebriated lilt to it, but the voice was strong and deep, the tone rousing, melodious almost. He turned and looked at the man. He had a bronze complexion, well-chiselled features, a full sensuous mouth and angular jaw beneath the smooth trim beard. From under the thick arches of his eyebrows his hooded eyes looked at you in a dreamy yet penetrating gaze. On the table lay a long sword in its jade-green scabbard. An expectant crowd had gathered around, the younger ones leaning forward in reverent attention...' (Publication abstract)

(p. 70-77)
Landfall, Stephanie Bishop , 2014 single work short story
'They sail across the Atlantic and through the Mediterranean. When the boat docks in Port Said people in dark robes climb on board with baskets of goods. There are smells that Henry does and does not recognise. Fish. Spices. It is night time when they pass through the Suez Canal. Later there is Ceylon and the family leave the boat. They go to a market and Henry shows them the fruit he used to eat as a boy: mango, custard apple, persimmon. He bites the tough skin off a lychee and holds the fruit out to Charlotte. She opens her mouth, and as the fruit releases its flavour she thinks back over the many Christmases that she has wrapped an orange in tissue paper and placed it carefully in the bottom of her husband's stocking. All of a sudden an orange no longer seems exotic, but plain and sour. Henry buys a watch from another stall, then they take a taxi through the streets and get lost, making it back to the boat just before it sails. Not long after this they cross the equator; there is a party and the captain of the ship dresses up as King Neptune. It is hot and everyone is sunburnt, at night the cabins are unbearable; some have taken to sleeping on the deck. One morning another ship, returning to England, passes at a distance. The groups of passengers call to one another but the signs are not good - the passengers on the returning ship wave their arms in the direction of Europe, some swinging their arms in a cross above their heads as if to say stop, go no further. But then the ships move away from one another, Charlotte forgets the encounter and a few days later they see land.' (Publication abstract)
(p. 78-83)
Love below 2000 Metresi"It is difficult to speak", Debbie Lim , 2014 single work poetry (p. 86)
Hippocampusi"Shaped like the mute section of brain", Debbie Lim , 2014 single work poetry (p. 87)
Soviet Wristwatchi"My page is marked by", Josephine Rowe , 2014 single work poetry (p. 88)
Charm against Casual Crueltyi"Look for lost earrings or umbrellas, ribs", Fiona Wright , 2014 single work poetry (p. 88)
Domestic Interiori"I had a mirror mounted opposite the window and the steady hum", Fiona Wright , 2014 single work poetry (p. 89)
A Fugitivei"To blast it out of me –", Petra White , 2014 single work poetry (p. 90)
Cleopatrai"He engulfs the darkness, because he can.", Petra White , 2014 single work poetry (p. 91)
Cassowaryi"a leaf goes spinning to the forest floor", Nathan Curnow , 2014 single work poetry (p. 92)
Deadi"‘You’re dead a long time,’", Peter Rose , 2014 single work poetry (p. 93)
Toward Midnighti"Eleven.", Peter Rose , 2014 single work poetry (p. 94)

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