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Most new nations go through the formality of inventing a national identity, but Australia has long supported a whole industry of image-makers to tell us what we are.

Richard White is responsible for this week’s WWW quote.  His ‘Inventing Australia’ is included in my 1992 edition of Images of Australia (UQP), edited by Gillian Whitlock and David Carter.  It is a terrific collection of writings around questions of national identity.

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The once irrepressible Truman Capote (1924-1984) penned this week’s quote. 

It is the opening sentence of Children on Their Birthdays:

Yesterday afternoon the six-o’clock bus ran over Miss Bobbit.  I’m not sure what there is to be said about it; after all, she was only ten years old, still I know no one of us in this town will forget her.

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Metaphorically flitting offshore this week to bring you a quote from a celebrated American Writer.

Have a guess at who the author is and check in on Friday for the answer.

Yesterday afternoon the six-o’clock bus ran over Miss Bobbit.  I’m not sure what there is to be said about it; after all, she was only ten years old, still I know no one of us in this town will forget her.

 

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However, the majority of women are neither harlots nor courtesans; nor do they sit clasping pug dogs to dusty velvet all through the summer afternoon.

This week’s WWW is quoted from Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, the influential middle class feminist polemic which questions the way history is written, explores the notion of gender in literature and the importance  of time, money and space in a writer’s life.

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This week’s WWW was written by a Wolf, Woolf or Wolfe…all exceptional writers.

However, the majority of women are neither harlots nor courtesans; nor do they sit clasping pug dogs to dusty velvet all through the summer afternoon.

Answer published on Friday

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This week’s WWW was:-

She gave me her factual tone,
her facial bones, her will,
not her beautiful voice
but her straightness and her clarity.

From his humble beginnings on the North Coast of New South Wales to the University of Sydney and then to poet extraordinaire, Les A Murray is a rare gem.  I love his willingness to wade into controversy, his big happy face and – most of all – his poetry.

The quote above comes from ‘Weights’, one of the poems he wrote in memory of his mother who died in 1951(published in the collection The Vernacular Republic: Poems 1961 – 1983, Harper Collins, 1988). Whenever I read ‘Weights’, it reminds me of my own mother (who is very much alive and kicking) and of good, courageous, beautiful mothers everywhere.

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Most of us will be feeling refreshed and sharp from the holidays so there are no clues for this week’s WWW.

I weighed up these women in my life and decided that none of them would fill the role of a mother.  But then, what did I know about mothers anyway?

Have a guess and check in on Sunday for the answer.

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