Stephen Wright lays into the cultures of literary promotion that turn festivals and book launches into effete affairs for lazy thinkers. At the heart of his argument is a concern that the real and escalating violence that touches every person and every place on the planet is being systematically sidelined or ignored by the big machine industries that produce and disseminate books to the common reader.
In his own words, "Stephen Wright lives on a commune in northern New South Wales. He writes a lot and lies around, and sometimes works professionally in the area of violence prevention. He writes for Overland because even in a wired-up age it is still a place where things can be said that can't be said anywhere else."