Australian politics, society & culture


By Gail Bell
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
The Rise of Cosmetic Medicine
By Tanveer Ahmed
People living with HIV and AIDS, Sydney Mardi Gras, 1990s. © William Yang
AIDS 30 Years on
By Gail Bell
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
The Home Hospice
By Helen Garner
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Benjamin Law
By Margaret Simons
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Kate Rossmanith
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Gay Bilson
What Happened in the Gulf Country
By Tony Roberts
Luke Davies on Christine Jeffs’ ‘Sunshine Cleaning’
By Luke Davies
By Clive James
  Merely a planchet waiting to be struck,The poem shapes up but is not a coinUntil, by craft, and then again by luck,He fashions clean devices fit to joinA scrupulous design that he would likeTo look mint fresh and not like a soft strike - It must be hard. "It must be hard," they say.But no, it isn'
The Idea of the North
By Nicolas Rothwell
Given such characteristics, it is no great wonder that Western incomers, over the past two centuries of concerted northern settlement, have been perplexed and ill at ease in their new imperium, which they have endeavoured constantly to describe and classify, to comprehend and capture, without a strong sense of
By Zora Simic
Abel is a hunchbacked recluse pushing 70. Basic tasks and a bottomless mourning for his lost family mark his days. A real-estate boom makes him a rich man, but the new neighbours want him out. He switches his horse for a car, but such minor concessions to contemporary living are not convincing anybody: he's stuck
The CSIRO and the Total Wellbeing Diet
By Geoff Russell
In late May 2005, this prestigious scientific organisation launched a diet book, The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet. Despite attracting criticism from nutritionists, including Rosemary Stanton, for its high protein content and its research basis, the Total Wellbeing Diet was a dazzling commercial success, for a time even
By Craig Sherborne
I am 22 years old. It is 1985. I live in London - hear St Paul's bells practising their scales! They wake me to work on Sundays. I'm a lackey in a backpacker hostel between the cathedral and Blackfriars Station. My room is so small it's called "the box" on the key. My coffees are too weak, wince
Oliver Sacks’s ‘Musicophilia’
By Anna Goldsworthy
Some years ago, on a break from an extended piano tour, I spent a weekend on the Aran Islands, off the coast of Ireland. After weeks of practice and performance I found the silence overwhelming, and my ear created sounds of its own to fill it: whistles, percussion, the occasional trombone. As I lay in bed I thought I
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Ashley Hay