The Long Paddock

Current issue: The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others is concerned with the debts and obligations that accompany the passing of the generations. “For no one bears this life alone” is how H√∂lderlin describes the mutuality that binds us to our forbears. Each of the contributors to this issue of Southerly endeavours to understand the ways in which this mutuality guides our actions and behaviours. What forms of writing and memorialisation can assist us to acknowledge the unfinished nature of the relationships that link the present to the past, the living to the dead? Is there a way to answer the phantom’s call yet keep faith with those secrets that have made their home in us?

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table of contents


Roanna Gonsalves: “A Breeze Blows, or It Doesn’t Blow: History’s Beckonings”


Daniel John Pilkington: “My Spine, Your Pillow”

Shaun Salmon: “The Cat in the Sky”


Sarah Klenbort: “Anywhere but Here”


Kathleen Davidson reviews Falling Backwards: Australian Historical Fiction and the History Wars by Jo Jones

Nicholas Birns reviews Australian Books and Authors in the American Marketplace: 1840s to 1940s by David Carter and Roger Osborne