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Trouble  : Evolution of a Radical : Selected Writings, 1970-2010 - Kate Jennings

Trouble

Evolution of a Radical : Selected Writings, 1970-2010

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Published: 12th March 2010
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In 1970 Kate Jennings, twenty-one, stunned a Sydney anti-war rally into silence with a pull-no-punches speech calling for women's empowerment. Brave, impassioned and searingly funny, it set the tone for an unconventional life. A few years later she was on her way to New York, where she would make her name as a writer, fall in love and, as a Wall Street speechwriter, enjoy ringside seats at some of the strangest events of our times.

Trouble collects Jennings' best short work from the last four decades. She writes incisively about manners and morals, politics and economics, feminism and the writing life. She describes America with the keen eye of an outsider, and looks back at Australia with an expatriates frankness. Trouble is both a fragmented autobiography and a record of remarkable times.

From the protest movements of the 1970s, via Wall Street's heyday and dramatic collapse, to the historic election of Barack Obama, Jennings captures the shifts - seismic and subtle, personal and political - that brought us to where we are now.

About the Author

Kate Jennings is a poet, essayist, short-story writer and novelist. Both her novels, Snake and Moral Hazard, were New York Times Notable Books of the Year. She has won the ALS Gold Medal, the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction and the Adelaide Festival fiction prize. Born in rural New South Wales, she has lived in New York since 1979. Her most recent books are Stanley and Sophie and Quarterly Essay 32: American Revolution.

"Piercing, intellectually rigorous and scrupulously honest, no-holds-barred writing has been Kate Jennings's trademark." - Elliot Perlman. "An extraordinary writer." - Shirley Hazzard.

Preface: Reelin' in the years p.ix
Presumption
The Front Lawn Speech p.7
Introduction to Mother I', Rooted p.10
What a Summer That was p.13
Bad Manners p.17
High Horses p.24
A Child of Grace, a landscape of Progress
Light Doth Seize my Brain p.47
Home is the First and Final Poem p.48
Kangaroo among the Beauty p.49
Zero at the Bone p.50
Deserta Reum p.51
J.D Salinger and the Captain of the Hanwood Cricket Team p.57
Mrs Dora Eipper, Bachelor of Arts p.61
The Prperties of Water p.64
Causes and Not Symptom
Father and Daughter p.73
Saint Munditia p.74
Cold War p.75
Without Preamble: Martin Johnston 1947-1990 p.81
You Don’t Understand? What Do you Know?! You Don't Live Here!'
Mapping Myself p.97
Pleasing Yourself: Summer Locke Elliot p.102
Going Against the Grain: Shirley Hazzard p.112
An Australian for Life: Ray Mathew p.123
Catching a Man, Eating Him
Couples p.141
Dusty Springfield Grows Up p.142
For Better or Worse p.147
Andantino Affettuoso p.151
Moral Hazard p.154
Crazed, Delinquent Fabulousness
Mistakes, Too Many To Mention p.161
Moral Trouble p.166
Bone and Sinew p.170
Bouleverse p.173
Aunt Dot's Camel p.176
Fellow Democrats, Sister Democrats p.181
Caught in the Klieg Lights p.187
Dragon Country p.193
Pools, Pools, Glorious Pools p.199
In Praise of Stuff p.203
When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Go Shopping p.206
A Bright, Guilty World
The Hypocrisy of Wall Street Culture p.215
Cuttlefish Ink p.218
The Revolution That Wasn't p.221
An Unclear Economic Environment p.227
American Revolution p.230
Irrelevance is Deadly
Gutless Fiction p.273
Free-Market Fiction p.280
Your Money or Your Life p.285
Cut the Shit p.293
Home Truths: Revisiting Wake in Fright p.308
Publication Details p.315
Acknowledgements p.319

ISBN: 9781863954679
ISBN-10: 1863954678
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 319
Published: 12th March 2010
Dimensions (cm): 23.000 x 15.200  x 2.400
Weight (kg): 23.4