Episode 23: When One Person Dies the Whole World is Over by Mandy Ord

Introduction

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When One Person Dies the Whole World is Over is a diary comic chronicling the year in the life of its author and illustrator, Mandy Ord. Published this year by Brow Books, it is billed as ‘funny, sad and perfectly magnetic’, with illustrator Oslo Davis describing it as ‘unashamedly personal’.

When One Person Dies tries to find meaning in the everyday. From moments of levity too soon forgotten to life changing loss, Mandy Ord gives the reader an intimate look at the transcendent and the mundane of her life. 

Mandy Ord is a comics artist, a cartoonist, an illustrator, a speaker and teacher of comics, a greengrocer and a disability support worker. Mandy is a prolific comics artist, publishing her work in places like Meanjin, The Age, Voiceworks and Going Down Swinging. She has also published several graphic novels, with her second book, Sensitive Creatures, winning a White Ravens award at the Bologna Book Fair. 

Show Notes:

When One Person Dies the Whole World is Over excerpt: https://www.theliftedbrow.com/liftedbrow/2019/2/4/excerpt-when-one-person-dies-the-whole-world-is-over-by-mandy-ord

Graeme Simsion, Jane Caro, Ginger Gorman and more on what they're reading in February: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/feb/01/graeme-simsion-jane-caro-ginger-gorman-and-more-on-what-theyre-reading-in-february

Mandy Ord gives an interview on The Glasshouse: https://www.rrr.org.au/explore/programs/the-glasshouse/episodes/6389-the-glasshouse-13-february-2019

Luke Davies on Mandy Ord and Australia’s graphic novel scene: https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2012/june/1342424201/luke-davies/memory-palaces

Mandy Ord on her one-eyed portrayal: https://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/in-the-frame-20080615-ge75th.html

Oslo Davis on Mandy Ord: https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/an-eye-for-detail-20110826-1jdzl.html

Ronnie Scott reviews 'Sensitive Creatures' by Mandy Ord: https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/abr-online/archive/2012/67-march-2012/782-mandy-ord-sensitive-creatures

Recommendations:

Fi

Second Mother by Sinéad Gleeson

Blue Hills and Chalk Bones by Sinéad Gleeson

London Review Bookshop podcast with Deborah Levy and Olivia Laing

Kirby

Homesick For Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh

The Cost of Living by Deborah Levy

Things I Don’t Want to Know by Deborah Levy

Neve

Milk Teeth by Rae White

Magical Negro by Morgan Parker

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Episode 22: The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector

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‘The story of a girl who was so poor that all she ate was hot dogs. That's not the story, though. The story is about a crushed innocence, about an anonymous misery.’ This is how Clarice Lispector describes The Hour of the Star, the novella she published shortly before her death in 1977.

Colm Tóibín writes that reading The Hour of the Sun is ‘like being brought backstage during the performance of a play and allowed odd glimpses of the actors and the audience, and further and more intense glimpses of the mechanics of the theatre – the scene and costume changes, the creation of artifice – with many interruptions by the backstage staff.’

Ostensibly the story of poverty and sexism and a young woman struggling to survive, The Hour of the Sun is also a fascinating exploration of the how and why of storytelling thanks to a particularly intrusive narration.

Perhaps Brazil’s greatest modern writer, Lispector was prolific, publishing nine novels, ten short story collections, children’s books and a range of journalism and other non-fiction writing, some of which has been translated.

Show Notes:

Clarice Lispector's The Hour of the Star is as bewildering as it is brilliant: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jan/18/clarice-lispector-hour-of-the-star

What I loved: Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector: https://www.readings.com.au/news/what-i-loved-hour-of-the-star-by-clarice-lispector

My Hour of the Star: On Clarice Lispector: https://themillions.com/2012/01/my-hour-of-the-star-on-clarice-lispector.html

Hour of the Star Clarice Lispector: https://www.rte.ie/entertainment/book-reviews/2014/0422/610240-hour-of-the-star-by-clarice-lispector/

Latin American Book Club: The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector: https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksandarts/books-and-arts-thursday-29-june-2017/8651368

Reading Pathways: Clarice Lispector Books: https://bookriot.com/2018/10/17/clarice-lispector-books/

The True Glamour of Clarice Lispector: https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-true-glamour-of-clarice-lispector

The Second Death of Clarice Lispector: https://electricliterature.com/the-second-death-of-clarice-lispector-68b96feb9cf3

The Tenuous Nonfiction of Clarice Lispector’s Crônicas: https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2017/12/14/tenuous-nonfiction-clarice-lispectors-cronicas/

If you were to read one Clarice Lispector book, which should it be?: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/if-you-were-to-read-one-clarice-lispector-book-which-should-it-be-1.1861874

Recommendations:

Neve:

The Good Trouble

Maxine Beneba Clarke at Saturday Paper

Virginia Woolf essay: Mr Bennett and Mrs Brown

Kirby:

Derry Girls on Netflix

‘The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath’ by Leslie Jamison

Fi:

‘On Looking: Essays’ Lia Purpura

‘Say Hello’ by Carly Findlay

Russian Doll on Netflix

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Episode 21: An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen

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In episode 21, we discuss An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen.

Shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize, Krissy Kneen’s An Uncertain Grace is a novel told in five separate but linked parts.

Virtual storytelling, shared consciousness, gender fluidity, love and romance, jellyfish and rising oceans, An Uncertain Grace is novel that draws together elements of sci-fi and erotica and poses some big questions around gender and sex and the impact of climate change.

Show Notes:

The Stella Interview: Krissy Kneen on An Uncertain Grace: https://thestellaprize.com.au/2018/03/an-uncertain-grace/

An Uncertain Grace: https://thestellaprize.com.au/prize/2018-prize/an-uncertain-grace/

An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen: https://www.readings.com.au/review/an-uncertain-grace-by-krissy-kneen

A Fluctuating Charm: An Uncertain Grace: https://sydneyreviewofbooks.com/fluctuating-charm-uncertain-grace/

Krissy Kneen tackles morality and mortality in An Uncertain Grace: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/krissy-kneen-tackles-morality-and-mortality-in-an-uncertain-grace/news-story/6b353b08a53ec9eacb8952d0f68cd265

An Uncertain Grace review: Krissy Kneen hits top form with sci-fi and erotica: https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/an-uncertain-grace-review-krissy-kneen-hits-top-form-with-scifi-and-erotica-20170522-gwa7na.html

Krissy Kneen An Uncertain Grace: https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/2017/03/31/uncertain-grace/14885460004287

Krissy Kneen: An Uncertain Grace: https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksandarts/krissy-kneen-an-uncertain-grace/8442262

Recommendations:

Kirby:

The Dream podcast

Shirkers documentary

Neve:

‘The Woman Dies’ by Aoko Matsuda 

‘Robin DiAngelo, an agent of change’ by Leah Jing McIntosh

‘White fragility: Why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism’ by Robin DeAngelo 

Fi:

‘Normal People’ by Sally Rooney

‘The Gathering’ by Anne Enright

‘Traumata’ by Meera Atkinson

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