More from this edition
Non-fictionThe 'socialisation of women' narrative arose from journalistic innovations associated with the First World War. In response to an unprecedented demand for up-to-date news, the Australian press had embarked on rapid technological change. Editors installed steam- and rotary-powered printing machines, established distribution fleets of automobiles and trucks, and hooked up their newsrooms to telephone lines. They also embraced the wire services that provided near real-time reportage of European battles. The ‘Bureau of Love’ tale epitomised that new journalistic internationalism. It seems to have originated with a Moscow anti-Bolshevik paper called Svoboda Rossii, which, in April 1918, published a ‘private letter’ detailing the socialisation plans of the Saratoff Anarchist Club. When the anarchists denied the allegation, another right-wing paper in Moscow explained that the ‘free love’ bureau (and an accompanying ‘League of Men Free for Selection’) had, in fact, been established in Khvalynsk – and by Bolsheviks rather than anarchists.
In ConversationI went to Tim’s Guitars years ago and I saw Grant Hart from Hüsker Dü do a solo thing and he had a Q&A after the solo. And some guy went, ‘How often do you practise guitar?’ And then Grant Hart said, ‘I never practise guitar, practising guitar gets in the way of my personality.’ And I was like, ‘Oh wow, that’s actually really true.’
PoetryLittle space in this town for dead game. Steal a teal Corvette, hit the drive-in, Find the tatty shop. They serve a fish dish.