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Brian Johns: The Force Of Ideas

    O the sad but perfect irony of me being asked to write about my friend Brian John’s legacy for Meanjin online just a few days after his death. He, who rarely spoke about himself, would not have approved. He loved small magazines like Meanjin, believing them to be essential, doing what he could to ensure their […]

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Timid Minds

CAL / Meanjin Essay ‘Cringe’, wrote A.A. Phillips, is ‘a disease of the Australian mind’. This was an unpleasant enough notion in the Australia of the 1950s, then a remnant colonial monoculture with no separate language to hide behind. Now with our cosmopolitan aspirations and liberal assumptions, it seems unthinkable. Arthur ‘Angell’ Phillips, critic and […]