Australian politics, society & culture


Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria and winner of the Miles Franklin Award for her novel Carpentaria.
Infamous for his provocative strategies, fake controversies and viral news stories, Holiday is the Director of Marketing at American Apparel and author of best-seller ‘Trust Me I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator’.
‘Felony’ and ‘Locke’ in review
By Anwen Crawford
Another year, another Australian crime drama. From The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906), the first feature-length film ever made, through to contemporary offerings like Animal Kingdom (2010), our cinema is haunted by the penal colony. These films have been, for the most part, films about men. Bad men, good men and
Author Brigid Delaney, actor and writer Brendan Cowell, Headmaster of Oxley College Michael Parker, and psychologist and author Steve Biddulph talk about youth and violence. Chaired by Paola Totaro.
What does it take to get your ideas onto our TV screens? Do TV audiences reward creative risk taking? Is there an appetite for political satire, surreal comedy, and programs with a distinctive character?
Alex Miller and Rai Gaita discuss Miller's award-winning novels set in what he calls the 'Stone Country'. This conversation is part of La Trobe University's "Ideas & Society" program, and was held during the Bendigo Writers' Festival in 2014. Miller and Gaita are both from central Victoria, and are close
Annabel Crabb speaks to Russian immigrant turned US literary celebrity Gary Shteyngart; Sandi Toksvig, one of the UK’s most loved comedians and broadcasters; and Irvine Welsh, cult author of "Trainspotting".
"Barracuda", the new novel from Christos Tsiolkas, takes an unflinching look at modern Australia and asks what it means to be a good person. Christos talks to David Marr.
On the opening night of the 2014 Melbourne Writers Festival, Helen Garner reads an excerpt from her latest non-fiction book, This House of Grief, and then discusses the book with Ramona Koval.
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By Michael Cooney
Hardie Grant; $39.95
By John van Tiggelen
Taika Waititi’s ‘What We Do in the Shadows’
By Luke Davies
Justin Timberlake performing in New Orleans, February 2013. © Christopher Polk / Getty Images
The everyman charm of Justin Timberlake
By Anwen Crawford
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