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hausfrau“Shame is psychic extortion. Shame lies. Shame a woman and she will believe she is fundamentally wrong, organically delinquent. The only confidence she will have will be in her failures. You will never convince her otherwise.” says Doctor Messerli, the Swiss shrink Anna, the protagonist of Jill Alexander Essbaum’s brilliant, coruscating, debut novel, HAUSFRAU.

A modern day Madam Bovary or perhaps more akin to Anna Karenina, implicitly and tellingly sharing the same first name, Anna Benz, stands bluff to unsatisfied spouse through the birth of two sons to sink into adulterous activity.

A young wife alien to her husband’s country of Switzerland, Anna is an American, whose settled married look sits as well as her unsettled resettlement to the picture perfect Zurich suburb of Dietlikon. Continue reading Hausfrau



If you’ve ever pondered why Richard Cartwright once posed online as a character named, ‘Rusta Banana’, or asked what Caitlin Park’s least favourite word is, the inaugural Tipsy Rabbit may just have been the most informative night you’ve attended this year.

This new event at the Red Rattler Theatre consists of panel discussions, live performances and more, for those who love words and writing. The ‘Music’ themed opening night on the 10th April featured Cartwright (of the psychedelic band ‘Richard in your Mind’), Park (a folktronic artist) and the music journalist Sevana Ohandjanian (Drum Media).

As well as humorous thoughts and revelations on topics ranging from the state of the music industry to interesting words, the evening featured live acoustic performances from Cartwright and Park.

THE TIPSY RABBIT is the brainchild of Jen Shedden and Kim Powell, who decided that conversations about books were more entertaining with wine. The Red Rattler Theatre provides an intimate environment where the midweek crowd can get involved in the discussion. This night is a welcome addition to the Inner West and continues Sydney’s recent love affair with the spoken word.

The next THE TIPSY RABBIT is themed EROTICA and takes place in June. Entry at the door costs $15 ($12 concession). The Red Rattler Theatre is located at 6 Faversham Street, Marrickville (actually five minutes walk from Sydenham station.

More information is available on http://thetipsyrabbit.net/ or http://www.redrattler.org/sydney/whats+on

© Suzanne Rath

12th April 2013

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