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New research shows that wealth can cultivate attitudes that are against redistribution and for privilege, says Anne Manne, a Melbourne writer whose latest book is The Life of I: The New Culture of Narcissism.
Multi-award winning author Alex Miller talks with Ashley Hay about his new (and apparently final) novel, Coal Creek. Sydney Writers Festival, 2014.
By Josephine Rowe
At 33 he goes back to the town his mother was raised in. She’d taken him there as a child every summer, for her own birthday, and they’d rowed out in a hired tinnie to eat a picnic above the place she believed her house must have been. Must still be – the doorstep, at least, which had been made of concrete, and maybe
By Les Murray
  Plucked chook we called Poultry, or Fowl, a meat rare in our kitchens, crepe-skinned for festivity or medicine. As Chooks alive, they were placid donors of eggs and mild music. Perches and dark gave them sleep. Then came the false immigration of millions crying in tin hell-ships warmed all night
Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne
By David Neustein
Dan Gilroy’s ‘Nightcrawler’ and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘Birdman’
By Luke Davies
Nick Drake
By Anwen Crawford
Lena Dunham’s ‘Not That Kind of Girl’
By Anna Goldsworthy
Frank Moorhouse’s ‘Australia Under Surveillance’ and David Horner’s ‘The Spy Catchers: The official history of ASIO, 1949–1963’
By David McKnight
Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’
By Robert Manne
Gambler and MONA founder David Walsh has written a book
By Amanda Lohrey
Fearless Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho has dedicated her career to exposing corruption, injustice and human rights violations. In her exceptional work of investigative reporting, Slavery Inc., Cacho exposes the shocking reality of human trafficking.
The politics of Clive Palmer
By Guy Rundle
Marc Hunter
Australia has produced only six true rock stars
By Robert Forster
As a journalist-slash-activist, Masha Gessen is renowned for her staunch opposition to the current political climate in Russia, as highlighted in her biography Words Will Break: The Passion of Pussy Riot (2014).

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