Mistaken Heart

Kate Jennings’ article (‘Home Truths: Revisiting Wake in Fright’, July) was largely about her journey from a dysfunctional upbringing in a godforsaken corner of the Riverina to becoming a successful writer in New York. In doing so, Jennings recycles the cliché that outback life is a paradigm for the rest of Australia. Even in the 1890s, when served up by The Bulletin crowd, this was a great deceit. The real action in Australia has always been in the heads and bank accounts of those importing capital and culture. I hope The Monthly focuses more on this than on the good old outback.

Frank Ross

Collector, NSW