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26lies

Show your gangster signs.



Tessa read 26lies a year ago and wrote about it because the world was too fucking cold and she wanted to burn it for warmth, most likely:

Regardless of where this book is pigeon-holed, it remains fucking OARSUM, a little book of brilliance. Ben is a master at playing with structure, and has done so to great effect here, striding through the alphabet and giving the reader a neat catalog of his life and thoughts and opinions. The mosaic is superbly balanced, and the pieces bounce of each other with an ever-growing resonance.

People often talk about the next Great Australian Novel. When I'd finished it, I sat on the train, full of all the meat contained in this slim volume, and thinking of everything it had to say about Australia here, now. I think this is that long awaited Great Australian Novel.

It is only fitting it be written by a white heterosexual middle class male, one who recognises how he fits in the world around him. It is only fitting that this book not be published or available within Australia, and as with the majority of Australia's culture, must be imported.


Link.

I am listening to Taken by Trees do a cover of Guns N Roses 'Sweet Child O Mine' which is actually quite good. You know, once upon a time, I wanted to be a musician. I just didn't have any rhythm to me and I gave up on it. It's still true, you know.

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artbroken
Jun. 16th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
andrewmacrae is lending me a copy, so I'm finally gonna get a chance to read it.
benpeek
Jun. 16th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
sweet. be sure to tell andy you dig the cover, repeatedly. he's fragile ;)
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benpeek
Jun. 17th, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)
they don't mention anna much, either :(
shadowsandice
Jun. 17th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC)
There's a photo of the cover right there for everyone to leer at, you.
drjon
Jun. 16th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
It's a good book. It's a damned fine book. I wish we'd published it.

I wished I wrote it. ;}P>
benpeek
Jun. 16th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
heh.

i wish i could get someone to republish it in aus, honestly.
drjon
Jun. 16th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
What's sales demand like at present?
benpeek
Jun. 16th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
no idea, but i suspect not much. it's been two years, after all, and its a small press release. whatever carries it by word of mouth--there are occasional spikes tho.
drjon
Jun. 16th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
I think I might have a chat with my business partner. I can use the "German Schools" thing as a hook.

I'll get back to you.
benpeek
Jun. 16th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
sure, man.
shadowsandice
Jun. 17th, 2009 06:40 am (UTC)
Dude. Come on now. I do not burn books. Why would I burn books when I still have so many people who shit me off to set on fire?
benpeek
Jun. 17th, 2009 11:42 am (UTC)
cause eventually them people will run out?
shadowsandice
Jun. 17th, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)
6 billion people on this planet. I reckon there's enough to last my life.
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