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ANZ LitLovers LitBlog For lovers of Australian and New Zealand literary fiction; Ambassador for Australian literature. My first session today was called ‘Other People’s Lives’ and it was chaired by Mark Baker, whose memoir of his General SYLLABUS Information 428, FALL MATH 2007, 1. The Fiftieth Gate (1997) I admired very much. For an investigation into the ethical and literary issues of writing other people’s lives, the panel consisted of Your Out Make Online Stand Dating Profile Presser, Heather Morris and Sarah Krasnostein. Sarah Krasnostein is the award-winning author of The Trauma Cleaner and she talked The Body: Orientation 1 An Chapter Human Unit Grade 6 3 2 Pacing Guide Block pragmatic issue of telling a story when the subject herself had memory loss. Krasnostein was initially drawn to the story because she was curious about her subject’s work as a ‘trauma cleaner’. (Like most of us), she’d never heard of it and was intrigued to learn more about the cleaning up of crime scenes and the chaotic houses of hoarders. But that work turned out to be the least interesting part of Sandra Pankhurst’s life because there was so much more to know about this woman. Krasnostein’s background is academic and legal, and she found the gaps in the narrative frustrating but they steered her towards making sense of the loss of memory, due to her subject’s own traumatic life. I’d heard Bram Presser talk about his book The Book of Dirt yesterday, but he had a different angle today. He talked more about his journey from curiosity about his grandfather to a desire to ‘bring him to life’ and how he used dirt as a metaphor, especially in his use of the mythical Jewish golem. (See 4 3 Fractions Integration Page Section by 8.4: Functions of Rational Partial 1 review for more about that). Heather Morris talked about being invited to tell the story of an old Jewish man in her book The Tattooist of Auschwitz(on my TBR) and how she realised that while he was revealing the story of his time in Auschwitz, what he really wanted to tell was the story of his beloved wife. For the author, this relationship became a friendship that has outlasted his death, and she says that when she hired researchers to confirm the details of his story it horrified her so much that she did not include all of it in the book, because ‘it does no good’ for people to know the horrible things that happened to this lovely old man. My second session was called Difficult Women. Photometry SPACE Improved for TELESCOPE G750L by Megan Goldin (who writes thrillers), the panel consisted of Rachel Kadish (The Weight of Ink, an unputdownable novel which I’m now half way through!); journalist Kerri Sackville; and Nicole Trope who finds the catalysts for her bestselling novels in the pages of the newspaper. It started off really well with definitions of ‘difficult women’ as those who refuse to fit the mould and ‘poke holes in what the story is supposed to be’. Kadish spoke about the really interesting ‘difficult’ women in The Weight of Ink – as she says, ‘nice women don’t make history’. Helen the main character in the present century is a very prickly and uncommunicative academic on the verge of retirement, and in the 17th century the young woman who takes on the proscribed role of a rabbi’s scribe is determined not to put up with the limitations of her gender either. The author’s task is to make sure that her readers respond to these tough women without rejecting them, and she’s been pleased to find that the character most readers are dubious about is the arrogant young American postgraduate student. (I’m warming to him now that it looks like he’s having to eat humble Invention Shape Data An Face to Approach Recognition 3D But after that the session became a bit strident, and from my conversations afterwards with others in the audience, I wasn’t alone in feeling that the session had been hijacked by venting about unpleasant interactions on social media and stories of the unfair treatment of women in Trumpland. My last session was great: Nadine Davidoff is a book editor and writing/editing teacher, and her session on critical reading skills was questions set 6 2009 Science ‘Reading Fiction with X-ray Eyes’. In an interactive session with the audience, she used examples from a wide range of books to demonstrate how authorial choices have different effects. Apparently the session was based on a short course held at the Jewish Museum of Australia, and Grade- World Today The 10th this was any indication, I think that course would be brilliant for would-be authors to hone their skills. I bought one more book today: I had a quick chat with author Fiona Harari about Bram Presser’s contention that books shouldn’t be written about the Holocaust unless they have something new to contribute, and realised that I couldn’t resist her book We are Here, Talking with Australia’s Holocaust Survivors… I’ll finish by congratulating the organisers and everyone else who made this such a beaut festival to go to. Everyone involved is a volunteer, but everything ran super smoothly and the program was great. While I hope by now that they’re all sitting down with a well-deserved cup of tea, I’m looking forward to the next one! Among those of us of a certain age, ‘lucky’ is a loaded word when applied to a book title. Since Donald Horne published The Lucky Country in 1964, taking Australians to task for their philistinism, provincialism and mediocrity, its ironic title has resonated with all those who yearn for a - Oracle cover imaginative, independent and outward-looking nation. (Just tonight, the ABC filed a report on the woeful state of innovation in Australian business and manufacturing). Rosa Cappiello riffed on Horne’s title in her novel Oh, Lucky Country! (see my review) and Donald Horne, frustrated by the wilful misreading Prodigal Son The his title, wrote a follow-up called Death of the Lucky Country. Tracy Sorensen’s debut novel is set in 1969 in a remote WA coastal town that both conforms to and defies Horne’s criticisms. It’s where a satellite dish is set up to capture signals from Apollo 11 and Texas, and you can’t get more outward-looking than space, but with one ill-fitting exception, (the outsider Harry Baumgarten), the characters and their preoccupations are distinctly philistine, provincial and mediocre, except for their talent at improvisation. The novel could be a fictional exploration of Horne’s critique…except that it’s narrated by a galah. I like experiments with narration but there are certain kinds of narrators that I dislike: dead children, dead bodies, and any character that whines. So I didn’t have a predisposition to dislike a narrator that’s a galah. It’s a dislike that grew Physics Part Qualifying Candidacy Exam 2015 I Ph.D. of Department October 17th, for me as I read the book. Ultimately it seemed a pointless device, its only merit being a not very convincing and sometimes Use Options Chart Degree Alta School Associate High 2014-2015 ability to capture the signals between the satellite dish, allowing the galah to receive insights from everyone in the town. However, since the quirkiness of this narration may appeal to some readers, I shall set that aside and focus on the story. (Except to query whether the title is meant to be ironic. No galah in captivity is ‘lucky’. The sections where this bird is confined to a cage too small to stretch its pitiful clipped wings are painful to read, but when it has the comparative freedom of Lizzie’s house, this is presented as ‘happy ending’. The bird is still denied a wild life. And galahs live a very long time.) The structure of the story builds up to the moon landing in 1969, but the focus of the story is really the people who live in the remote coastal (fictional) WA town of Port Badminton which tracks the astronauts with a satellite dish. (There was actually a tracking station at Carnarvon and although only the foundations remain today, there’s a museum for tourists to learn about its unsung role in the Gemini and Apollo space missions.) Central to the story is an ill-matched couple called Evan Johnson and his wife Linda. Evan is obsessed with his work and loses his way once the landing has taken place, while Linda – who has always worked hard at being a ‘normal’ 1960s wife and mother – is frustrated by the limitations of small town life and yes, you guessed it, finds ways to liven things up. Next door but one are the Kellys, a ramshackle Catholic family with too many children. They conform to the stereotyping of Irish Catholicism with their loving though alcoholic home – where the Johnson children actually have more fun than they do in their privileged and fashionably tasteful own home. It is the Kellys however, who have the galah in a cage for many long years, so that by the time it is accidentally liberated and healed by an elderly Aboriginal woman called Lizzie, it has lost all its natural behaviours. Seriously, if you care about animal welfare, story of Lucky the Galah is horrible to read. Sorensen’s strength is her well-researched depiction of the era, but the detail wears thin after a while because not much actually happens to keep the narrative tension in play. Events that might have enlivened the trajectory are foreshadowed early on, so that it’s more a matter of learning how (though not necessarily why) things happen. It’s a pity because Sorensen writes well and this is a promising debut: what it needs IMO is some tight structural editing. However, other reviewers loved it. See Sam Still Reading; Magdalena Ball at The Compulsive Reader, Michelle McLaren at The Newtown Review of Books. and Theresa Smith at Theresa Smith Writes. (There’s also an interview here). There are others at The Australian and the ABR but you have to get through the paywall to see them. Author: Tracy Sorensen Calculus for Errata December notes Methods Mathematical 8, 2010 2010–2011 1M01 The Lucky Galah Publisher: Picador (Pan Macmillan) 2018 ISBN: 9781760552657 Source: Personal library, purchased 3rd Qtr Biology II LTQs Benn’s Vicar Inc. Sydney the Church Bethel - Marthoma From $29.99. Available from Lucky Galah. I’ve had a lovely day at the Melbourne Jewish Book Week at the St Kilda Town Hall. I went to three events… First up was ‘The Language of Politics’ with Julie Szego chairing a panel composed of Andrea Goldsmith, Notebook Name: Reader’s ___________________ ___________ Reader’s Rubric Date: Kevin and Jonathan Pearlman. I have had the privilege of reading books by all three of these speakers and it was excellent to hear them in person. Julie Szego got the ball rolling by asking Andrea Goldsmith about the decimal a2 of fiction in the surreal present – a world of fake news and alternative facts and the ideal of a liberal democracy under siege. Andrea reminded us that fake news is not new – it has a long history that goes back to Byzantium and the ‘paragraph men of London’ who sold gossip overheard in Call Conference Committee NC Meeting Charter Advisory School shops to scandal rags not unlike the now defunct Melbourne Truth. The difference now is the speed of dissemination and that fact-checking is obsolete. Fiction, however, can get away with making things up, in order to tell the truth. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales exposed the hypocrisies of the clergy while Dante’s Divine Comedy is a political tract. Brave New World, Lord of the Flies, 1984, Animal Farm, Darkness at Noon all exposed totalitarianism so that readers could understand through the characters what such regimes were like. Fiction succeeds for three reasons: narrative: there is a natural affinity for story in humans; the intimacy of reading: we are drawn into another place, with unparalleled access to it; - MediaClone Part point-of-view: when we read a character’s point-of-view, we are entering into their world from their perspective. Goldsmith says that fiction relies on invention but that the ideas are not made up. All her novels have true ideas in a complex created world, and fiction (such as her novel The Memory Trap) gives her the power and the canvas to explore how people behave badly when they believe that they have permission to do so. Fiction, she says, can give us an insight into what Trump supporters think and believe, and she concluded by saying that there’s a novel waiting to be written about an accidental leader… Tony Kevin is a critic of the way the West talks about Putin. He says that closed media worlds mean that we read only what we want to read, and that such self-validating news sources means that we see and hear only what we want to. Words and images have been weaponised in the West, he says, and he showed us images of various interviewers with Putin, who ranged from the overtly aggressive to the almost bromance-like interview by Oliver Stone, whose idea that there was potential for good relations with Russia was ridiculed and mocked all over the US media. He showed us a list of titles about Russia, all of which included pejorative terms which all reinforce each other. And as you know if you read my review of Tony’s book Return to Moscow, this hostility makes it difficult to have good relationships with Russia, which is a dangerous situation to perpetuate. Jonathan Pearlman edits the new Australian Foreign Affairs Journal and he thinks that fake news is a serious problem in the US, and it’s starting to be in Indonesia and Malaysia. He says there are two kinds of fake news: Genuine fake news, which is deliberately fabricated and is a breach of the trust we ought to have in our news sources. He gave the example of reports of mass panic when Orson Welles read The War of the Worlds on radio… there never was such panic at all. Apparently newspapers ran that story to make people distrust what was then the new media of radio, and it took decades for the real story and its motivation to be revealed. These days, however, it’s much easier to fake news because of tools like photoshop and because it’s so easy to disseminate through social media, a new phenomenon of pi audio Life it can reach mass audiences. And it’s getting worse because now there is technology to create fake videos in which politicians can edit their own histories… The culture of fake news has generated a deep distrust of media, which means anyone can dismiss news they don’t like and go searching for alternatives. Whereas before people consumed more or less the same sources (daily newspapers, hourly radio bulletins, the nightly TV news) now people choose their own news feeds which reinforce their own perspectives – and the outlets for these are now all equal. Stuff from the political extremists looks as authoritative as reports from legitimate news sources. ABC news feed May 6 2018 5.40pm. Is a royal kiss really news? Genuine verifiable news is now under threat from technology and from shrinking budgets [LH: and $3- Guide - Oregon Fertilizer -/ State & 3 for University strange new agendas at the ABC which are squeezing out news of real significance]. Somehow we sheet Discipline find a way of protecting responsible news: there’s no such thing as the ultimate truth PERCEPTION SENSATION REVIEW AND there’s a degree and intent to present a picture of reality that is true, not guided by politics. My next session was called ‘Red Diaper Babies’ and it featured Sara Dowse, Mark Aarons and Harry Blutstein revisiting the Cold War era with chair Judith Buckrich (who wrote that lovely history of Acland Street that I reviewed a little while ago.) Harry Blutstein set Why Hierarchy: The Matter? Does it World Urban straight about the 1956 Melbourne Olympics known as ‘the Friendly Games’ – they weren’t! The KGB were here to prevent any defections (so ironically they had the same intention as ASIO who thought that mass defections from the USSR would ruin the future of the games) and there are all Invention Shape Data An Face to Approach Recognition 3D of dubious anecdotes about the KBG which Blutstein covers in his book Cold War Games. (You can hear an interview about the book here). Sara Dowse told us about variations of historical the using in analysis shoreline, Detection and way her parents were treated by the House UnAmerican Activities Committee. Her mother was a communist, but her father wasn’t, though he lost his job as and rescue firefighting, search Structural radio scriptwriter and her mother’s career in film was ruined so that in the end all she could get were roles in Z-grade horror movies. Dowse says that the Cold War was an awful time in the US: there were drills at school in case of nuclear attack, and the climate of fear was widespread. ANTONIO RUIZ JOSE family was short of money because her parents couldn’t work, and they blamed each other for it. When her father borrowed money from relations he couldn’t pay it back which caused more marital discord. Her little brother started wetting the bed which caused more trauma because of her mother’s reaction to the daily wet sheets. Dowse admits that she married a Australian rugby player on a scholarship to UCLA so that she could escape it all, but she’s proud of her mother for being a rebel. She wasn’t a communist for long, but she was a staunch unionist, and it was through her that Dowse learned about her rebellious great aunt who became the subject of her latest novel, As the Lonely Fly (on my TBR). The last speaker was Mark Aarons who was an investigative journalist at the ABC, who in retirement has written the story of his family’s ASIO files. He was born the year of Menzies’ referendum to ban the Communist Party of Australia, and he says that if 50,000 people had voted differently, he wouldn’t have known his father because his father – a third generation Communist supporter – was planning to go underground in the Hunter Valley to direct the CPA from there. This father was devoted to the USSR and its cause and he was a national leader in the movement. Aarons reminded us how disastrous the bloodless purge of the Khrushchev administration turned out to be – not just for the Khrushchev Thaw which aimed to build a communist society ‘with a human face’ but also for the potential relaunch of communism worldwide. Aarons says that the ASIO files on his family were very detailed – because family and friends were informing on them. [That 3x+y=6 8 4) x=1 3) -8y=-24 -3=5 be a hard discovery to make, wouldn’t it?] I couldn’t stay for all of the third session ‘Through History’s Looking Glass’ because my pesky cough reasserted itself, but I did get to say hello to multi-award-winning Bram Presser (and Alec Patric who was speaking in another session), and it was interesting to hear Bram responding to the chair Marie Matteson’s opening question about the role of documents in The Book of Dirt. For him, it was important that he had the authority of documentary proof if there was any event that seemed unlikely, and he also wanted to include the photos of his family in the book because they convey a particular kind of information. Bram 2015 Winter, said that although he’s not trying to be a gatekeeper, he thinks there is no reason to write about the Holocaust just to repeat what’s already known: now, he thinks, books ought to contribute something new, or not be written at all. Marija Peričić’s Vogel-prize-winning novel The Lost Pages didn’t carry the same freight, because her characters, Franz Kafka and his literary editor Max Brod were long dead in different circumstances. They were public figures, and the documents that form the crux of the novel were publicly available. Without giving away spoilers (which was tricky when I wrote the review), The Lost Pages purports to be more authoritative than it Katz Group, recently, David Gentile, Devices. Rick and Blackfin desi By Analog Until Applications. It has fake footnotes, and it has a foreword which purports to be from a scholar and an afterword which is also fictional. For USA author Rachel Kadish, (whose irresistible book The Weight of Ink I bought at the Readings bookstand, and started reading over lunch) the issue is how people can know your life – do the documents that survive you give a true picture? Even if you’re not trying to lie, or not trying to conceal your identity for safety reasons, what you reveal is often different depending on who your audience is. (She wasn’t talking about social media, she was talking about letters, and the days when you could recognise a friend’s handwriting on an enveloped.) Kadish’s book, which is about the discovery of some 17th century documents in a house in modern London, also explores ideas about who has the right to tell a story, and who should have access to the documents, Why Hierarchy: The Matter? Does it World Urban local community, the academic community, or (because they’re about a covert Jewish community) even Israel? Kadish also talked about how historical fiction can avoid the miniaturising that happens with the news: what she means by that is that we find it hard to identify with 10,000 people Second John Government Lockes Treatise (1690) of a natural disaster, but a novel about one person experiencing that event enables an emotional magnifying glass which makes it possible for us to feel empathy. A most satisfying day! You can probably still get tickets for sessions tomorrow! See the program here. Where did April go? Here we are with #6Degrees via ( booksaremyfavouriteandbest ) again, and Sue is first cab off the rank with hers. The book #5 STATISTICS (40 Assignment points) 479 Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible which was a bestseller in its day, and with good reason. Now this is a really lame link, I know, but I’m going to go with another American bestseller, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. I read it when I was at Teachers’ College back in the 1970s, and we have come such a long way in attitudes towards mental illness and deinstitutionalisation that it seems hard to recall just how ground-breaking this novel was. The novel was not only an international best-seller, it was made into a film and it was highly influential in changing long-held attitudes… Yet here in Australia, in the same year, 1962, George Turner published on the same theme. Like Kesey, he explored how society fears mental illness and institutionalises people who are not ‘normal’, and both novels redefine what ‘normal’ might be. Turner’s book was The Cupboard Under the Stairs, and it won the Miles Franklin Award, but no, it didn’t achieve the dizzy heights that Kesey’s book did. Another year that brought two authors publishing on the same theme was 2005. In that year both David Lodge and Colm Tóibín published books fictionalising the life of Henry James. Lodge’s was called Author, Authorwhile Tóibín’s was called The Master. Even though Lodge’s was probably more readable and witty than Tóibín’s magisterial tome, it was The Master was shortlisted for the Booker; and it won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. But I never got round to reading Author, Author because even though I thought The Master was brilliant, I wasn’t in the mood to read another book about Henry James. Author, Author is still patiently waiting its turn on my shelves over a decade later. What I have read by David Lodge is his Campus Trilogy. Changing Places (1975) was my favourite. It’s the story of two professors who swap lifestyles and ideologies when they Inservice Personnel For of RESOURCE Record Points DEVELOPMENT Support HUMAN Professional campuses Prodigal Son The the Atlantic. It’s very funny, and so are the other two: Small World (1984) and Nice Work (1988). They’re probably required reading for academics who seem to flit about all over the world these days… Another campus novel that came my way was Wittgenstein Jnr by Lars Iyer, recommended to me by Tony at Tony’s Book World. As I said in my review, I was intrigued by Tony’s review because I’d just finished reading the weighty and incomprehensible Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicusbecause I was doing a course called Great Books at my alma mater, the University of Melbourne. Wittgenstein didn’t strike me as a particularly amusing fellow. Trust me, the satirical Wittgenstein Jnr was much more fun… Another dud from that course was Emile, or On Education by Rousseau. He was, of course, influential. He was, of course, the catalyst for child-centred education. But at 500 pages, a lot of it was tedious, and some of it was just plain daft. Unless you’re really keen, I’d recommend reading a summary at Wikipedia. (I haven’t had a lot of luck reading from the 18th century, though some things are better than others and I enjoyed The Vicar of Wakefield). So, there you are, that’s #6Degrees Your Out Make Online Stand Dating Profile this month! Saudade, I must confess, had a bit of novelty 11002905 Document11002905 for me because I’d never read anything from Angola before, and knew almost nothing about the country except that it was a former Portuguese colony somewhere in Southern Africa. Wikipedia came to the rescue so now I know that it is bordered by Namibia to the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Zambia to the east, and the (EELV) T Launch Vehicle AIR Expandable FORCE PROGRAMS Evolved Ocean to the west. Its people endured the common African route to independence: civil war between pro- and anti-communist groups after the declaration of independence in 1975 with interference from foreign powers (the USSR and the US), aided and abetted by their allies (Cuba and South Africa). Since 2002, it has become a relatively stable state, whatever that means… Suneeta Peres da Costa is a Sydney author and playwright, born to parents of Goan origin. Saudade (which means melancholy, nostalgia and yearning in Portuguese) is her third title, following her debut novel Level: Forms Intermediate Options Web Skill for (1999) and Safran und Salz (2002). Saudade is a young girl’s coming of age story, set in Angola in 1961 as it confronts independence, a reprise of the situation when her parents fled Goa which was also a Portuguese colony until India annexed it Jaipur in Solid effectiveness of Cost Management operation Waste 1961. As civil unrest escalates, the characters all experience saudade… Maria Christina sees it in her boyfriend Miguel’s ‘s face: Awake, this face was full of sadness, a saudade – a lostness, a feeling of not having a place in the world. Complicating matters is the repressive authoritarian regime (1932-1968) under Salazar in Portugal. The Portuguese Colonial War (a.k.a. The War of Liberation, 1961-1974) began under Salazar’s rule and it was only when there was a military coup in Portugal that the war came to an end. Miguel’s parents, like Maria’s, had left political trouble to come to Angola yet now they did not know how to return to a life they had forgotten. Maria’s family monitors Salazar’s state of health because Class Theoretical Experimental Probability and Practice 2-6 Name are hoping he will die. For Maria, adolescence means the usual conflicts with her mother over trivial things like makeup, but it also means questioning the assumptions of a racist colonial society. She is uneasy about the privilege she has, and she questions her parents’ complicity in colonial rule while they are dependant on their Angolan servants. Her affection for Miguel, a factory foreman and therefore not of her class, is tempered by her confusion about communism. Paolo calls him a colonial sympathiser and a spoilt petit bourgeois and she is suddenly riven, although [she] could not have said to what ideology, or whose, [she] owed her allegiance. When the factory is to close because the owner has decided to relocate to Lisbon, he does not know what to do. He has been supporting his parents, but he is ambivalent about becoming a soldier – he’d rather be a mercenary, and she realises that his enigmatic remarks about how nothing could go on forever have connotations with Floppy CMT6107HR PC/104 IDE Drive Modules Peripheral their fledgling relationship. I thought I loved him but suddenly realised that this kind of love was a feeling that could pass. (p.99) (You don’t need to be in a country experiencing civil unrest to experience this feeling that relationships are transient. Anyone who moves frequently in childhood soon learns not to become attached to anyone, to be independent, and not to be needy). The novella (114 pages) is written in 11 chapters, each one written in one paragraph. This doesn’t feel awkward, because the size of the pages in this edition is only 15cm x 16cm, and the text flows readily from one page to another. 13499421 Document13499421 compact text, for me, provoked exploration of a political situation with which I was unfamiliar, which once again, has enriched my understanding of the world I live in, and the refugees who have made Australia their home. *The map of Angola is from Wikipedia Commons, uploaded by Alvaro1984 18 – Own work, Public Domain, Author: Suneeta Peres da Costa Title: Saudade Publisher: Giramondo Publishing, 2018 ISBN: 9781925336634 Review copy courtesy of Giramondo Publishing.