In RealTime 42 cultural matters are only a little more refined as Linda Jaivin and Trevor Hay look into post-Cultural Revolution art and literature—the paintings of Sydney-based Guo Jian and the novels of Anchee Min, who lives in the USA. Exorcising the Cultural Revolution is not only therapeutic, but it can also be commercially satisfying—witness the trade in Cultural Revolution kitsch in China and Singapore, including DVDs of Madam Mao’s model operas and ballets which are central to the images and lives presented by Guo Jian and Anchee Min.
So that RealTime can become more and more a part of your life, take a look at our website between editions. You’ll find breaking stories and selected articles published ahead of the next print edition. We’ve also installed a good search engine, which not only allows you to find articles and artists appearing in RealTime, but also is great for web-surfing in general. Our website has been incredibly busy in recent weeks, prompted partly by interest in the response to the Richard Wherrett speech (See RT#41, page 23) and the Benedict Andrews reply (this edition, page 23) to Louis Nowra that we published online in March.
After 7 years of publishing RealTime we’ve finally decided to run a regular letters page (RTpost, page 10) and a news & commentary page (RTtalk, p11). These are modest responses to the vast amount of talk that goes on around the arts and the importance we place on dialogue with our readers.
RealTime issue #42 April-May 2001 pg. 3
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