Murray Bail's 'The Voyage'
Bringing it Home
The dilemma facing the writer of fiction is how to fix on a mode of language by which to represent the world of commonplace experience. This may seem obvious; however, problems attach to the task that are not readily resolvable – words are angular but the world is round, and squaring that circle is tormentingly difficult, if not impossible. Every tyro is familiar with the sickening sense of dizz
The recent, beautiful graphic novel Mister Wonderful, by the American cartoonist Daniel Clowes, tells the story of Marshall, a man who frets – greatly, incessantly, neurotically – both in the lead-up to and all the way through his first blind date in years. The hilarious intensity of the interior monologue, the exhausting self-analysis of Marshall’s anxiety, holds us rapt. How could anyone b