I tried to empty my mind of the pictorial imagery and the snatches of songs or melodies that comprised its usual contents. If I could perform this task, so I supposed, then I would find myself in the presence of my mind alone, and I was curious to learn what would be the appearance of a mind devoid of contents: what my mind would prove ultimately to be composed of.
In Gerald Murnane’s infamous archives, the reclusive Australian writer has files titled ‘I give up writing fiction — again!’, ‘(Yet again) why I stopped writing’, and ‘Should I tell Literature to get fucked?’ How did Murnane get to be so disillusioned with his place in Australian literature?
On Saturday mornings, Splice rounds up the previous week’s best literary criticism and serves it up to you in a single dish. You didn’t have any plans for the weekend, did you? . In home news, Splice masthead contributor Anna MacDonald has published not one but two pieces in the Australian Book Review: one on Gideon Haigh's A Scandal…
In a short while, we’ll spend a whole week on Splice spotlighting a book chosen by Dana Diehl. Not reviewing it but taking a tour through it, step by step, with Dana leading the way, pointing out the features that speak to her.
On Monday, Dana spoke to Daniel Davis Wood about her influences and inspirations, about the role that science plays in her stories and the way she puts together her sentences. Here, the discussion continues with a focus on the stories in Our Dreams Might Align and the form of the collection as a whole.
Dana Diehl’s collection of short stories, Our Dreams Might Align, will be published by Splice on April 16 and is available for pre-order now. Dana lives and works in Tucson, Arizona, on the edge of the Sonoran Desert, and her stories evoke the otherworldliness of that place.
On Saturday mornings, Splice rounds up the previous week’s best literary criticism and serves it up to you in a single dish. You didn’t have any plans for the weekend, did you?