See you in a week or so
I probably won't blog again until Tuesday 9 August. Have fun while I'm away.
Because talking is hard enough without all those 'st's
You know, sometimes you make 'em and they don't work, other times you make 'em and they work, but you just keep truckin' along.
Saturday 13.00, M(Argyll-3)
Literary Team's Book Group: Black Juice
This is a group discussion for the literary programme team's favourite book of the year: Margo Lanagan's fantastical short story collection Black Juice.
In this compelling and confronting collection of ten short stories, Margo Lanagan solicits the reader to explore the black juice in all of us. Black juice - not so much a dark side as a non-conformist streak - can place teenagers in unexpected situations that can be difficult for them to manage. These exceptional stories are profound, moving, powerful, intense and often unsettling. Many have a complex and demanding structure which challenges the reader. Lanagan uses beautiful, lyrical language, rich with sensory evocations and descriptions to tell strange and disturbing tales. These stories will linger with the thoughtful reader.
It's precisely Rowling's lack of sentimentality, her earthy, salty realness, her refusal to buy into the basic clichés of fantasy, that make her such a great fantasy writer. The genre tends to be deeply conservative--politically, culturally, psychologically. It looks backward to an idealized, romanticized, pseudofeudal world, where knights and ladies morris-dance to Greensleeves.
Good writing is the only point of comparison that ever means anything. And yeah, adult writing at that - because even the most polished and clever children's book is ultimately a work deliberately devoid of texture, and that's what pumps my reading nads.
On the right is the adult edition (no difference inside), published December 2004 by Allen & Unwin in Australia.
The cover design is by Kate Mitchell Design.