After a bit of a delay in transmission, it’s about time I got back to business.
Welcome to Book to the Future Bookmarks, a series of posts in which I share five literary links, straight from my bookmarks folder to your screen. Sometimes I have a bit of a chat about what I’ve been reading and what’s happening at large in the literary community, too.
If I were to write a list of everything I know about fashion and fashion designers, that list would be incredibly short. So, this might be really old news to anyone who’s into fashion, but I recently discovered Sydney-based label, Romance Was Born created a 2015 collection inspired by May Gibbs’ Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. You can take a peek at the Bush Magic collection right here.
While on the subject of childhood memories, here’s Tintin, naked (the link’s old, and in French, but worthwhile). “It’s the same Tintin au Congo” says the article, “but naked”.
Tintin in the Congo is arguably the most controversial of the Tintin series, created by Belgian cartoonist, Hergé. It was published in the thirties and, despite various later revisions and alterations, still remains horrendously racist. And that’s not to mention the casual attitude to killing native African animals. Charming.
An unknown artist is republishing Tintin au Congo on Tumblr – but with Tintin (and only Tintin) pictured in the buff. It’s a clever project that questions the things we find offensive – or at least, that’s how I see it. Because if you find Tintin’s nudity the most offensive thing in Tintin au Congo À Poil, you’re not paying attention.
Ferrante or Knausgaard? It’s a difficult decision. As I mentioned in my last post, I recently read the first book of Knausgaard’s My Struggle series and I’m seriously considering committing a jail-worthy crime or joining a religious order so I have time to read the rest of the series. Learning Norwegian is also an option that’s crossed my mind. However, the appeal of reading Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels is also strong – and after reading this New Yorker article, it’s even more so. Bring me books and get me to a nunnery…
From multi-book epics to the very short – take a look at Electric Lit’s list of 17 Short Novels You Can Read in a Single Sitting. It’s an interesting list, but there’s a lot missing…like, for example, Helen Garner’s The Children’s Bach. Or Georges Bataille’s The Story of the Eye, which is one of my favourite read-in-an-afternoon books – I’ve read it so many times I’ve lost count (and often wonder what this says about me). I’m not going to start listing all my favourite novellas because I’ll be here all day…but I will leave a bonus link here. If you’re into novellas, Daniel Young (of Tincture Journal fame) has just started a new blog called All the Novellas, in which he plans to read and post his thoughts on – you guessed it – all the novellas. It’s an amazing project – I’ll be cheering him on.
Finally, if you haven’t already, make sure you add your name to this petition, kicked off by Emily Paull (emerging writer, bookseller and the blogger behind The Incredible Rambling Elimy) protesting the change of the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award to a biannual prize. With just under 500 signatures already, you should make sure yours is one of them.
Emily and Yvette Walker, author of Letters to the End of Love (and winner of the 2014 Western Australian Premier’s Emerging Author award) spoke with RTR FM about what these cuts mean for the Western Australian writing scene on the radio this morning. Fast forward to the 47 minute mark for the first part of the discussion and through to 1h 29m for the second.
One more thing – I might have just moved to Melbourne, but there’s something that’s already got me browsing the web for cheap hotels back in Sydney. The lineup for this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival was announced just the other day and it’s stonkingly good. This year’s theme is How to Live – advice I think I could definitely use right about now.
That’s all I have for this edition of Book to the Future Bookmarks. Actually, it’s not really – I’ve still got over 900 links I’ve added to my bookmarks folder in the past few months to sort through. They’ll have to wait for the next time around.
Edited to add: Of course, only a matter of hours after I click the “publish” button on this post, the Miles Franklin longlist is announced. Thoughts? Omissions? I’ve only read two longlisted books and neither really impressed me. It’s not the riskiest list ever – but has the Miles Franklin ever been risky?