Overland editors, staff and contributors on the political and cultural highs and lows of 2016.
Overland is seeking fiction from new and emerging writers for a special online edition. For this special edition, ‘new and emerging’ describes writers at various early-career stages, from previously unpublished to no more than one collection of stories or a novel published.
Some of the strongest new work of late circles around psychic wounds – wounds of social injustice, or legacies of formative childhood traumas. Four books I read this year share a sense of wounds as instructive, and a hope that pain might be transfigured through acts of intimacy or of art.
If you’ve made even a vaguely, politically left-of-centre remark in a public forum online in the last couple of years, chances are that you’ve been hit with the more or less official insult of the alt-right nerd Nazis, and been called a ‘cuck’.
A chance encounter with a review on Goodreads has led me to discover a whole new world – men who love Jane Austen. The review was for Pride and Prejudice, and it was very concise.
I was forced to read this by my future wife. I was not, however, forced to give it 5 stars.