As, first, the lark, when she means to rejoice, to cheer herself and those that hear her; she then quits the Earth, and sings as she ascends higher into the air, and having ended her heavenly employment, grows then mute and sad, to think she must descend to the dull earth, which she would not touch, but for necessity. Continue reading My airy creatures
Emily Bitto’s The Strays is an intriguing look at that rare phenomenon, Bohemian life in 1930’s Melbourne. But more than that it is about a family with parents whose aim in life is to create a community dedicated to Art, and an artist father whose ambition in life is to burn with Pater’s ‘hard gem-like flame.’ Continue reading Emily Bitto:The Strays
Eeek! If you ever doubted Gert’s literary judgment, here’s resounding confirmation of your doubts. Kirsty Gunn has won the 2015 Edge Hill Short Story Prize for Infidelities. No slight intended to Kirsty Gunn; in fact hearty congratulations on this very significant recognition of her work. But it’s back to lit crit school for Gert, as the following review of 3 of the shortlisted books, written before the announcement, proves.
The fleet had come in and up at the market the floor was deep with fish, blue and black-barred, a mass of dinted silver, crimson-eyed. Continue reading Elizabeth Taylor: A View of the Harbour