Can a book be alive? This one is! Tolstoy's life reads like his novel. And his novel reads to us of him. The miracle of Anna Karenina is that all of Tolstoy's multitudinous living and reading comes together onto the pages of this story, seamlessly.
For this episode Helen welcomes to the Hookturn studio the Melbourne writer, editor and Feminist commentator, creator and host of Cherchez la Femme, Karen Pickering. Join them as they discuss this very big Russian writer’s passionate engagement with life and literature. Read More
In Medea, Euripides has gifted scholars and contemporary theatre companies alike with a puzzle the equal of any riddle in Ancient Greek mythology. Read More
In this episode we’re reading Ursula K. LeGuin’s SF Fantasy experiment in post-gender politics, The Left Hand of Darkness, first published in 1969. Read More
You had to go to Paris to buy it. Anthony Burgess tore it up and stuffed the pages in his socks to get it back through Heathrow. D H Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, published in 1928, was quickly banned in England and the USA for its “obscene” language of forbidden and therefore scandalous sexual love. Read More
"Is it my imagination, or is it getting crowded in here?" Climb into Hookturn’s stateroom with stowaways Helen, Josh, Franz Kafka and his ungeheuren Ungeziefer. Take a look at The Metamorphosis and its existence in punk canon. Read More