In this edition of Meanjin, Michael Ackland discusses whaling, Katherine Wilson gives us the lowdown on Steampunk, Tanya McIntyre and Mick Harvey show us Melbourne's seventies punk scene, Guy Rundle considers the State as a cultural institution and Sophie Cunningham interviews Graeme Blundell about reviewing, writing, and being naked. Michael Green brings to life the painful but constructive dialogue that is taking place between coal workers and Greens in the Latrobe valley, Ann Meyers takes a tough look at her 'art of losing babies', Ellie Mundie writes on the Walter Burley Griffin Willoughby Incinerator, Hilary Glow and Stella Minahan evoke an arts rescue fantasy, Richard King considers C.P. Sw's lecture 'The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution' fifty years after its presentation, Helen Walpole investigates the science of sleeping and Kate Crawford considers the digital ise that surrounds us.
Sophie Cunningham is the author of two novels, Geography and Bird, and the non-fiction books, Melbourne and more recently Warning- The Story of Cyclone Tracy. She was also the editor of Meanjin and was, until recently, the chair of the Australian Council's literature board.