Yes, men are better writers

Type
Reflection
Category
Writing

Recently, I received an email from a literary publication asking me to comment on why ‘women are underrepresented in major publications’. Since I’m a single mother, working six days a week, and I wasn’t going to be paid, I didn’t respond. But I thought I’d do it here, so Overland will give me cash.

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Clive-Palmer-Ad
Type
Article
Category
Activism
Politics

Why students can’t trust Clive Palmer

Last week, Clive Palmer sat down to lunch with Christopher Pyne to discuss a potential compromise on university fee deregulation. The meeting happened on Pyne’s forty-seventh birthday, which the pair celebrated over a cake just big enough for two, after which Palmer sang the Education Minister ‘Happy Birthday’.

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Type
Article
Category
Culture
Politics

Beyond the Valley’s noble savages

Music festivals are, almost by definition, supposed to have their fingers on the cultural pulse. Thus it hardly augurs well that the Beyond the Valley festival – a new player in Australia’s already-crowded music festival scene, to take place on…

50 year argument
Type
Review
Category
Culture
Reading
Writing

What does criticism do?

Is it ever possible to communicate the value of criticism outside of its immediate context? This is the question that Martin Scorcese’s new documentary The 50 Year Argument – a love letter to, and behind-the-scenes look at, The New York Review of Books poses. Whether or not it intends to pose it – or understands the answer it gives – is a different matter.