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
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
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Leigh Sales
The Poetry of David McComb
By Robert Forster
David McComb, who passed away in 1999 at the age of 36, was the lead singer and songwriter of The Triffids. The band began their career in Perth in the late 1970s and broke up in 1989, and although McComb released a solo album, Love of Will, in 1994, and wrote and played with other musicians over the years, it is his
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Alan Saunders

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