literature

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Penguin Classics: Civilization and its Discontents

Freud’s essay is this week’s featured Penguin Classic: all you need to know so you can sound cultured and informed at nerdy […]

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Richard Ferguson: Shakespeare’s Politics

400 years after Shakespeare’s death, journalist and non-fiction reviewer Richard Ferguson explains why the bard is still as relevant as ever – […]

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Richard Ferguson: Political Memoir

Journalist, writer and non-fiction reviewer Richard Ferguson discusses what makes a juicy political memoir, the danger of poltical amnesia, and his approach […]

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Memorable Endings

From Harry Potter to The Great Gatsby to Inception: endings that stick in your mind, for better or for worse. What are yours? Let us know on […]

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Penguin Classics: The Beach

All you need to know about Penguin Classics, so you can sound cultured and informed at nerdy parties. This week Alice tells […]

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1984 Appendix

Does the appendix of George Orwell’s 1984, explaining Newspeak in the past tense, make the novel hopeful rather than depressing? Listener Jasper thinks so […]

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Penguin Classics: How I Live Now

All you need to know about Penguin Classics, so you can sound cultured and informed at nerdy parties. This week Claudia tells […]

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Dr. Anna Poletti: Life Writing and Ethics

How do you write ethically about a real, living person? Monash University Literary Studies lecturer Dr. Anna Poletti discusses the study of […]

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Animal Farm and Grand Budapest Hotel

Political allegory and auteurs. Guest Made Stuchbery, Textual Healing host Alice, and Art Smitten hosts Christian and Andrew discuss their responses to […]

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Made Stuchbery on the first novel

What happens AFTER you write the book… SYNner, writer and journalist Made Stuchbery explains the process of writing and editing her first […]