'A collection of mostly commissioned essays, either written to be delivered as speeches at literary events, or for inclusion in anthologies.' (Publication Summary)
Autobiographical. Pakeha New Zealander. Drinking and dissent. My island home. Birth diaries. Passions and paradise: my best year yet. The red heart.
Literary. Queensland stories. Fear and loathing on the Queensland Writers' Train. The language of sex. Love and violence. Fiction and moral imagination. Warrior women: modern heroines. Jane Eyre: a holocaust of a childhood. Movie dreams: writing like a man. Low life, high art. Everything is a copy. The value of writers
Political and social. Dangerous lies: the language of economic rationalism. Conjugal knots. The dark side of love. Friends. Reefer madness. Writing a revolution. Come and see the blood in the streets.