Australian Labyrinths: Julie Koh’s Portable Curiosities

This review is part of the AWW2017 Challenge Julie Koh’s uproariously funny and deeply unsettling debut full-length short story collection is a biting satire of contemporary Australia. An insightful, witty, and highly original collection, standouts include the deliciously dark Cream Reaper – where ice-cream becomes a game of russian roulette – and the wonderfully absurd and melancholically lonely Slow…

Queer & Black: Alison Whittaker’s Lemons in the Chicken Wire

This review is part of the AWW2017 Challenge In Gomeroi poet Alison Whittaker’s debut collection Lemons in the Chicken Wire, language and innuendo become a means of playful subversion. In ‘O, Eureka!’ a ‘scalp-scab burnt and straw-haired woman’ teaches the narrator that not everyone who can speak the jargon of the Academy need do so: that one can speak…

SBS Sexuality: The Zeal of the Missionary Position

This piece was originally published by SBS Sexuality. The Zeal of the Missionary Position If the missionary position was a person, it would probably resemble Billy Graham: the patron saint of boring, frigid straight white people with a particular way of thinking about gender, intimacy, and relationships. When US Vice-President Mike Pence, as Governor of Indiana,…

Sex and Gender in Charlotte Wood’s The Natural Way of Things

This review is part of the AWW2017 Challenge Germain Greer cautioned in 1970 that ‘women have very little idea of how much men hate them.’ Greer is a staunch second-wave feminist and an essentialist – an epistemological basis which has seen much of her work come under fire in recent decades. While Greer’s views on trans women…

La Delizia: My Story (sort of)

This post was originally published on my City Sampler blog. La Delizia: My Story (sort of) Every year, around Christmas, I make panforte. In a bowl I stir together flour; cocoa powder; toasted almonds, walnuts, and macadamias; nutmeg; cinnamon; ginger; chilli powder; and pepper. Then in one pan I melt chocolate, while in another I make syrup from…

The Lifted Brow: All Rapped Up

This essay was originally published by The Lifted Brow‘s magazine blog. All Rapped Up: The Creation of a Hip Hop Space in 1970s South Bronx The right to the city … can only be formulated as a transformed and renewed right to urban life. — Henri Lefebvre, Writings on Cities The right to the city is…