The simple act of going into a bookshop and buying an Australian novel is now radical. The slightly more demanding act of reading that novel is political. This is a good in itself. This makes the work good. It stimulates the economy, not to mention your intellect and capacity for empathy. It also provides writers, editors and publishers with the means to continue doing what they do. Most importantly, it stimulates a conversation, creates a context in which other Australian novels can live. That is, it creates a culture.
– Adam Ouston, Daily Review
This stuff is golden, if you don’t mind me saying.
There’s been a lot of discussion around the place recently of civic duty, in the wake of the Budget announcement a couple of weeks ago. How to actively engage and participate with this ol’ society of ours? How to be a part of the bigger conversation? The ‘F**k Tony Abbott’ t-shirts going around at the moment, as satisfying as they may be, do not an engaged discourse make. David Ouston from the Daily Review has a good solution, though, and one that we here at WP can heartily endorse: buy more Aussie books! Read the piece here. Buy the books here (of course).
Next, a short and topical video for your Monday kicks:
Now, if you’re looking for a good old fashioned bricks and mortar bookstore to find your Aussie books in, those lords of lists at Buzzfeed have put together 17 Spectacular Bookshops in Australia to See Before You Die (okay, a bit of a mouthful, and if you ask us there about five hundred more bookshops to be added to this list, but you get the point).
And, last but not least, an extract from Dino Hodge’s astounding Don Dunstan, Intimacy and Liberty, over on InDaily. Read the extract, check out the rad pics, then buy the book here.
Yes yes, the launch was last Thursday, and there will be photos of us all in our Don-inspired get up soon. Too soon.
Happy Monday, kids!