Australian politics, society & culture


Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Janette Turner Hospital
The Rush to Diagnose ADHD
By Gail Bell
Andrew Fraser. Image courtesy of Lindy Allen.
Line of Appeal
By Jack Marx
Caged rats awaiting their fate. © Francesca Yorke/Getty Images
Reflections on the Breeding House
By Gail Bell
The Gillard government is set to triple the number of Headspace youth mental health centres. © Jason South/Fairfax Photos
Choosing the Right Path for Adolescent Mental Health
By Lisa Pryor
'In Treatment: Season Three'
By Robyn Davidson
Suresh Nair leaving court after being denied bail in December 2010. © Nick Moir/Fairfax Photos
Suresh Nair
By Tanveer Ahmed
Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis' 'Machete' and Sean Byrne’s 'The Loved Ones'
By Luke Davies
Jimmy Barnes's 'Rage and Ruin'
By Robert Forster
What do Sarah Blasko, Silverchair, The Grates and Jimmy Barnes all have in common? Their latest albums were all made outside Australia using overseas producers. Other bands such as Powderfinger and Bridezilla brought in the overseas producer, while Tame Impala, The John Steel Singers and Dan Kelly recorded in
'Freedom' by Jonathan Franzen, Fourth Estate, 562pp; $32.99
By Michelle de Kretser
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Alice Pung
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Gail Bell
Nick Kent’s 'Apathy for the Devil: A 1970s Memoir'
By Robert Forster
To read the New Musical Express (NME) in the ’70s was one of the great joys of the decade. It was an insider’s choice and the seriousness of any new acquaintance’s enthusiasm for music could be instantly gauged by whether they read it or not. The readership of the London-based weekly was predominantly male and in the
The Methadone Program at 40
By Gail Bell
Two old hands who dose at the pharmacy where I work (a couple, Danny and Carla) have been using since they were 18. They are in their forties now, have raised their kids (the eldest is at university), and keep a neat house in the suburbs. This is their third go at methadone and they think they’ll stick with it this
By Michelle de Kretser
Central to Lyndall Gordon’s biography of Henry James is an extraordinary scene. As daylight fades over Venice, James drops a dead woman’s dresses into the lagoon. But the garments fill with air and won’t drown, pressing up against the novelist’s gondola. The scene is riveting for what it tells us about James, but also
The Wild Frontier
By Mandy Sayer