Australian politics, society & culture


The morality of gambling
By David Walsh
Nick Feik, the editor of the Monthly, asked me to write an essay for his esteemed rag. Now I’m a bit pissed off at the Monthly, so initially I didn’t really want to do it. I’m a bit pissed off because Richard Flanagan did a piece on Mona (my museum, and the only reason anyone asks me to write anything) and me for the
Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart (until 13 April 2015)
By Quentin Sprague
Hamish Hamilton; $32.99
By Michael Lucy
‘James Turrell: A Retrospective’ at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
By Benjamin Law
‘Pop to Popism’ at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
By Julie Ewington
The Gothic horror of Bennett Miller’s ‘Foxcatcher’
By Luke Davies
In review: Roger Knox, The Aurora, Sydney, 25 January 2015
By Anwen Crawford
By Mungo MacCallum
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