Australian politics, society & culture

May 2011

Archduke Franz Ferdinand & the Platypus

'Caleb’s Crossing' By Geraldine Brooks

'Mrs Carey’s Concert' by Bob Connolly and Sophie Raymond

'Cloudstreet' By Matthew Saville

Helen Garner on Justin Kurzel’s Snowtown and Brendan Fletcher’s Mad Bastards

Broken Communities

John Hirst on Mark McKenna’s 'An Eye for Eternity'

A Grand History

Lindsay Tanner’s 'Sideshow'

Too Much Information

Peter Robb on Shaun Gladwell

Lessons in Unlearning

Nicholas Shakespeare on Tasmania

The Quiet Peninsula

Rodney Hall on Mali

To Timbuktu and Back

Janette Turner Hospital on Central Park, New York

Wanted for Loitering

Letter to a Bulgarian Friend

Linda Jaivin on Harbin, China

Holiday on Ice

Drusilla Modjeska on Tufi, Papua New Guinea

In the Fjords

Robyn Davidson on Health Retreats

Tide of Improvement

Craig Sherborne on Hiking the Milford Track, New Zealand

The Sound of Silence

Lian Hearn Reflects on Japan

The Work of Catfish

The Foundering Miracle