Australian politics, society & culture


Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Amelia Lester
By Christine Kenneally
Charles MacKarras and the quest for authenticity
By Stephen Fay
Sir Neville Cardus, the legendary cricket writer and music critic, chose to spend the World War II years in Sydney rather than London. Young Australian musicians would seek him out at his home in Kings Cross and ask if he thought they would be able to make a career in Europe when the war was over. One young oboist
Jonathan Caouette's 'Tarnation'
By Helen Garner
The first person to appear on screen in Jonathan Caouette’s documentary, Tarnation, is a mad-looking middle-aged woman with thick dark hair and a frighteningly handsome face. She grins, bobs up and down like a toddler, and warbles, in a pretend-childish voice, the old Sunday school song: “This little light of mine / I