IT IS not entirely original, being inspired as the author announces by a satire published by Granta in 2002, but Jennifer Mills' “How To Write About Aboriginal Australia” is well worth reading. Oh, and it is in Overland, which makes it even more remarkable. Finally, the taxpayer is getting a little something in return for those six-figure sums the magazine receives from the Literature Board. That assistance, by the way, is vital to our nation's vibrant political conversation, as Overland might say. Without it, editor Jeff Sparrow might not find the time to brand Israel a despotism and its supporters fascists, which he did to the applause of the Max Brenner blockaders last Saturday on the steps of the State Library.
Here is one small slice of Mills' Overland essay, followed by a video that that makes her point wincingly well:
…talk about how you were adopted by the tribe as family and given a skin name and how this made you feel that you belonged in Australia for the first time. Sprinkle your article liberally with skin names.
Now, fast forward to the 1:30 mark to enjoy the best bit.
Going by some of her other thoughts, Mills would likely make a difficult (and very annoying) guest at a Billabong barbie. That said, you cannot fault her keen eye.