Australian politics, society & culture


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.
Black Inc.; $34.99
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
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