Hot off the electronic press overnight! Fresh, recycled electrons.
Something for people to read in case they are housebound by unseasonal snowstorms or floods. A medley of bits and pieces written since the 1980s, not in chronological order, the first in time were short reviews for Australian Book Review. They fall into six sections. The first five are Sports including eyewitness accounts of the major fights of Les Darcy. Our book (Ruth Park and myself, Home Before Dark) had very little on the fights in order to focus on the life and times. There is also a review of the first excursion into biography by Peter Fitzsimons, a very sound and low key story about his friend and team-mate Nick Farr-Jones.
The second section is Significant or Interesting People with an obituary for Sir John Eccles, a fragment of the life of Cedric Emanuel the visual historian, a review of a a biography of a very significant but practically unknown figure in Australian public health (E V Keogh) and a review of the great story of Hal Colebatch (senior). The third cluster is Australian Science, with three pieces recycled from another collection, Making Science Pay.
The fourth group is History and Politics, mostly reviews of books on things like intellectual movements and the history wars. There is also a personal report of second thoughts some time after the Vietnam War and some meditations on the seismic impact of conscription for Vietnam on the political alignment of many people in the newly educated middle class. The fouth group is Academic, with some stimulating thoughts of Professor John Anderson (1893-1962) on university reform, a survey of philosophy in Australia which concluded that John Anderson’s influence was not all to the good, and a summmary of a marvellous piece of scholarship by two Australians, Friedman and Miller that is just about the best rejoinder to POMO literary theory in the literature.
Finally three fragments of Memoires, one by myself, one by a colleague who worked in rural community health in the 1970s and another by a farmer/engineer who was my partner in technical editing for the Clean Waterways Program in the Sydney Water Board in the 1990s.