Australian politics, society & culture

Drugs

When the death of an old friend becomes tabloid fodder
By Luke Davies
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Janette Turner Hospital
The rush to diagnose ADHD
By Gail Bell
Andrew Fraser. Image courtesy of Lindy Allen.
Meeting Andrew Fraser
By Jack Marx
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Leigh Sales
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Gail Bell
The King & I
By Harry Nicolaides
Compound One. For weeks I lay on my back, delirious with influenza. When I was able to stand, I shuffled around like a zombie, pushed here and there by the heaving population of sweaty, half-naked inmates, most of them Thai, Burmese or Cambodian. One night I was so overcome with anxiety that I started to
Ryan Fleck’s ‘Half Nelson’
By Luke Davies
By Zora Simic
In his latest novel Bret Easton Ellis introduces a narrator, also called Bret Easton Ellis, whom we are encouraged not to trust for any number of reasons. He’s a writer, he cheats on his wife, he’s estranged from his son, he drinks too much, he takes drugs and he’s not even nice to his dog. This is a man who needs to
By Robert Forster
When mention is made of a new Rolling Stones album the mind immediately races back to their golden period, that evocatively named series of records from Beggar’s Banquet in 1968 to Exile on Main St. in 1972. Before that were the singles: “Satisfaction”, “The Last Time”, “Paint It Black” and all the rest. After that,