Australian politics, society & culture


The discobolus from the Roman emperor Hadrian’s villa in Tivoli. © The Trustees of the British Museum
‘The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece’ at Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria
By Bill Henson
Robert Farquharson leaves the Supreme Court in Melbourne, 30 December 2005. © Joe Castro / AAP
Helen Garner’s ‘This House of Grief’
By David Marr
An exegesis on unintended consequences
By Mat Keneally
This month Tony Abbott squibbed the greatest moral challenge of his age and shelved plans to amend the Racial Discrimination Act. That was tough on George Brandis, who had drafted a gem of law prohibiting racial vilification only where the victim felt threatened with physical violence. The proposed law would have
A review of Clio Barnard's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's "The Selfish Giant"
By Anwen Crawford
“The poor children had nowhere to play,” reads The Selfish Giant, Oscar Wilde’s 1888 fairytale. After the titular giant has built a high wall around his lovely garden of fruit and flowers, the children “tried to play on the road, but the road was very dusty and full of hard stones, and they did not like it”. ‘Poor’ in
By Mark McKenna
It is now more than twenty years since I first saw the land that I would later come to know as ‘Blackfellas’ Point’. What began as a retreat from Sydney – a remote ‘bush block’ on the far south coast of New South Wales – is now home to my family, my place of writing, and the one patch of earth to which I most
The Art Gallery of New South Wales
Adventures in the artefact business
By Peter Robb
David Gulpilil
David Gulpilil brings Rolf de Heer’s ‘Charlie’s Country’ alive, but Nick Cave can’t save Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s ‘20,000 Days on Earth’
By Luke Davies
Behind the scenes with the young Aussie comedian
By Ronnie Scott
FKA Twigs
Timbaland and Boyz II Men haunt FKA Twigs’ ‘LP1’ and How To Dress Well’s ‘What Is This Heart?’
By Anwen Crawford
Mass murderer Anders Breivik on trial. © Frank Augstein / AP
Anne Manne’s ‘The Life of I’ takes aim at a modern epidemic
By Linda Jaivin
The 'Augmented Australia' app in action. © Alexander Mayes Photography
At the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, ‘Augmented Australia’ fails to impress
By David Neustein
The science is clear, but the way forward is not
By Judith Brett
By John Maloney
A recent article in the New Statesman, by an avowedly privileged white guy decrying white male privilege, featured the following stretch of earnest chest-beating: Whoever you are, however intelligent and enlightened you are, you don’t know what life is like for other people. You don’t know how things are for them,
Journey into the dark heart of the family with two novelists. In Vann’s Goat Mountain a boy goes hunting with his father and grandfather and catastrophe unfolds. In Wilson’s Ballistics, a young man is sent out to find a father he has never known.
Join book reviewers Kerryn Goldsworthy and Jennifer Mills along with Overland editor Jeff Sparrow – all of whom happen to be writers – as they discuss the perils of book reviewing and being reviewed here in Australia.
Margaret Drabble and Helen Dunmore are two of England’s most acclaimed novelists who have written about the intricacies and intimacies of the family, and friendships in peace and wartime. Both writers are also well known for writing in other genres.
Griffith Review editors Lloyd Jones and Julianne Schultz invited a wild mix of New Zealanders to write about that place over the ditch. Join four writers and editors for a conversation about the complexities of the contemporary Kiwi.
Jung Chang is the author of Wild Swans, which has sold more than 10 million copies world-wide. Her next book was Mao: The Unknown Story. Here she discusses her latest, Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China