Wed, 19 Jun | Better Read Than Dead

Luke Carman on Intimate Antipathies

Luke Carman is the award-winning author of the Australian cult classic An Elegant Young Man. He will discuss his highly anticipated essay collection Intimate Antipathies with Alice Grundy. There's even a mention of Better Read Than Dead in it!
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Luke Carman on Intimate Antipathies

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19 Jun 2019, 6:30 pm
Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia

About The Event

Luke Carman is the award-winning author of the Australian cult classic An Elegant Young Man. He will discuss his highly anticipated essay collection Intimate Antipathies with Alice Grundy. There's even a mention of Better Read Than Dead in it!

About The Book

Intimate Antipathies is the much-anticipated new work by Luke Carman, award-winning author of the Australian cult classic An Elegant Young Man. The essays in this new book follow the writer in his oscillations through anxiety, outrage and ecstasy, and in doing so explore the connections between writing and dreaming, writing and mental illness, writing and the complications of family life.

From his famous jeremiad against arts administrators in ‘Getting Square in a Jerking Circle’, through the psychotic attack brought on by the collapse of his marriage, to his surreal account of meeting with Gerald Murnane at a golf club in the remote Victorian village of Goroke, Carman explores the particular challenges faced by writers who grow up in the contested borderlands of the suburbs – always returning to his great obsession, the home on a small mountain in Sydney’s west, where his antipathies with the real world first began to shape his imagination.

Praise for Luke Carman

"A bogan flaneur: part connoisseur, part anthropologist of the rich and fractious field of difference through which he moves"

– Geordie Williamson, The Australian.

About the Author

Luke Carman’s story collection An Elegant Young Man won the 2014 NSW Premier’s New Writing Award and was shortlisted for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal and the Steele Rudd Short Story Prize. Carman was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist for the book, which is about a narrator, also named Luke, who bears many similarities to the essayist in this collection – an outspoken and self-mocking innocent who is beguiled by romance and yearns for transcendence.

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