Good Reading : July 2004
readers’ letters 6 goodreading Dear Editor In the past I have bought books that have had those self adhesive stickers on the front cover – especially books that have been reduced in price, manager’s mark-down, now only $9.99, etc.When I have peeled off the stickers there has always been a sticky residue left behind which smears all over the place when you try to rub it off. It cannot be removed with a liquid goo remover. But I discovered that rubbing talc or flour into the glue gets it off completely without damaging the cover of the book. So I thought I would pass this tip on to the readers of gr. David Ashworth Melton,Vic via email Dear Editor I just love this magazine! Thank you so much for a magazine that is designed to satisfy the pathological reader and buyer of books. Everything about gr is perfect.The quality of the paper, the photos, articles and book reviews, and of course the monthly chance to win so many books! The only small criticism I have is that sometimes the section about who is reading which book is omitted. I enjoy reading about what Mary on the Manly Ferry or Joe on the Jumbo Jet is reading. Please keep the magazine coming just as it is. No improvement required! Margaret Connelly Boondall, Qld PS You might enjoy this quote as much as I do: ‘When I have a little money, I buy books. If there is any left, I buy food and clothes.’ – Erasmus write on Each month, Good Reading will give a prize of a Parker Inflection Blue Ball Pen for the best letter we receive. The cool, brilliant colour of the Inflection Blue Ball Pen is achieved through the application of multiple layers of translucent lacquer enhanced with a subtle satin varnish onto a stainless steel base. Complemented with 14K gold plated trim and 23K gold plated nib, it is valued at $105.00. So get inspired and write to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 9 Stephen Street, Balmain NSW 2041 or fax us on 02 9810 2488. (Letters may be edited for clarity or length.) Dear Editor I read with interest in April’s issue the article ‘Places in the Heart,’ and wondered if the reason no such literature [nature writing] has been written here is because of the difference between America and Australia – America has not the remoteness of this huge land.There are places in Australia that have never been explored, whereas America has been walked or driven over. Thoreau was able to live in the woods knowing that at any time he could be visited, he was not entirely cut off.You can die alone in the bush here. Also, England was not mentioned. Is this because Tredinnick is only comparing two countries similar in size? Or two recently colonised countries? England has a long tradition of nature writing.What about Richard Jeffries and Richard Mabey, or the many magazines devoted to the countryside? And I have Oliver Rackham’s The History of the Countryside , which shows how dramatically England has changed in 2000 years. Australia is still young, so a history cannot yet be contemplated, I suppose. The Countryside Companion tells of the changes to the English countryside, stiles and gates and so on. Of course this detailing would be impossible in Australia, it not being such a cosy country; perhaps that is why no such attempt has been made. Richard Jeffries brought a philosophical view to the countryside though, which may be possible here.There were many light philosophical essays combining nature or natural events that I read as a child in England – no such literature has ever been written here, to my knowledge.Why has no one looked philosophically at the countryside? Is it because the vastness here is too awe-inspiring? But this vastness has been partly tamed. Perhaps one has to come to a companionship with it to write about it romantically and philosophically. A romantic view of place has only been revealed in poetry, so we must be grateful to Mark Tredennick for being first off the mark with a new genre. Yours sincerely Jean Evans Pingelly,WA contributors WINNING LETTER Regular Contributors Alison Aprhys Zara Baxter Gareth Beal Ali Cocksedge Birgit Collins Christine Cremen Marc Ellis Kerry Foster Katy Gerner Anastasia Gonis Jane Gleeson-White Maggie Hamilton Grant Hansen David James Lachlan Jobbins Jody Lee Germaine Leece Caroline Lurie Paul Maley Merle Morcom Dina Ross Claire Scobie Lisa Slater Roger Stitson Ruth Wajnryb Brooke Walker Wendy Waring Special Contributors This Month Suzanne Eggins is a lecturer in children’s literature, professional writing and functional linguistics at the University of NSW. Siobhán McHugh is an award-winning non- fiction author and oral historian.