Miles Allinson

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Website: mrcurly.blogspot.com

Miles Allinson works as a bookseller at Readings St Kilda.

Reviews

Forty-one False Starts by Janet Malcolm

Reviewed by Miles Allinson

In a lovely essay on J.D. Salinger in her new book, Janet Malcolm quotes a dismissively ironic review by Arthur Kazin. ‘Some day’, Kazin wrote, ‘there will be learned theses on The Use of the Ash Tra…

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Blasphemy: New And Selected Stories by Sherman Alexie

Reviewed by Miles Allinson

Sherman Alexie is something of a big deal in American fiction. He’s published 20 books, directed films, and in 2010 he won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Blasphemy is a big collection of his sto…

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Leaving The Atocha Station by Ben Lerner

Reviewed by Miles Allinson

Ben Lerner, a talented American poet, has now written a novel about poetry, but don’t let that put you off. While Lerner’s poetry is often difficult, in a clever, self-defeating sort of way, his nove…

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Tarcutta Wake by Josephine Rowe

Reviewed by Miles Allinson

Josephine Rowe is a Melbourne writer who has been quietly accumulating adulation for some years now. In truth, Tarcutta Wake is her fourth collection of very short stories, although the first two wer…

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News

Unspeakable Acts, Fateful Nights: The Work of Roberto Bolaño

by Miles Allinson

Miles Allinson from Readings St Kilda considers the lasting impact of Roberto Bolaño, and his most recently published work The Third Reich..

In the fiction of Roberto Bolaño there’s a character called Jim, a North American poet who, in two separate, slightly different stories, is standing on a street in Mexico watching a fire-eater:

‘People stopped to watch and then went on their way, exce…

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