Listening parties, the new thang.

It wasn’t the fault of artistic angst, but Dear Dr Chekhov has taken a little while, a few years in fact, to reach the airwaves.  Last week it premiered at a packed listening event before being broadcast on ABC Radio National’s Soundproof program. (Don’t worry if you missed the broadcast, it’s now a podcast.) The one-hour Soundproof program and half-hour weekly  RadioTonic program makeContinue reading “Listening parties, the new thang.”

Should authors Rushdie to judgment as book reviewers?

Poor Salman Rushdie. On the global books site GoodReads, he recently gave public 1-, 2- and 3-star ratings to books by well-known and esteemed writers such as Kingsley Amis, the late father of his friend Martin Amis, and Hermione Lee. He claims not to have realised his ratings were public. GoodReads – launched in 2007Continue reading “Should authors Rushdie to judgment as book reviewers?”

Anonymous book reviews don’t foster our literary culture – The Conversation

The new Saturday Paper publishes anonymous book reviews and, occasionally, reviews by identified critics. That anonymity was a much-discussed feature when the paper launched in March, and the debate continues. Certainly, in running such reviews, the paper sacrifices a critical point of difference between mainstream media and the online world of trolls and fandom avatars. DebatingContinue reading “Anonymous book reviews don’t foster our literary culture – The Conversation”

A reply to Hanif Kureishi

Why writing programs are worth it: a reply to Hanif Kureishi Having served in a more humble capacity at the University it is now an honour to call myself a professor at Kingston. – Hanif Kureishi. In October last year Hanif Kureishi, novelist and screenwriter, and author of The Buddha of Suburbia and The LastContinue reading “A reply to Hanif Kureishi”