• Recall this Book 54: Novel Dialogue with Helen Garner (Crossover)

    Author(s):
    Helen Garner, Elizabeth McMahon, John Plotz
    Date:
    2021
    Subject(s):
    Literature
    Item Type:
    Podcast
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    Books
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/ge8m-mc28
    Abstract:
    Helen Garner sits down with John and Elizabeth McMahon, a distinguished scholar of Australian literature. Helen's novels range from the anti-patriarchy exuberance of Monkey Grip (1977) to the heartbreaking mortality at the heart of The Spare Room (2008). She has also authored a slew of nonfiction, plus screenplays for Jane Campion's Two Friends and Gillian Armstrong's wonderfully Garneresque The Last Days of Chez Nous. After a reading from John's favorite, The Children's Bach, the trio discusses Garner's capacity for cutting and cutting, creating resonant, thought-inducing gaps. Garner connects that taste for excision, perhaps paradoxically, to her tendency to accumulate scraps, bits and pieces of life. She relates her father's restlessness to her own life-total of houses inhabited (27). "Why wouldn't I write about households?" asks Helen, "They're just so endlessly interesting."
    Notes:
    https://doi.org/10.48617/pod.278
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