Australian politics, society & culture


The Greens party room, December 2011. © Australian Greens
Divided We Fall
By Sally Neighbour
By Christos Tsiolkas
I’m ageing; I’m becoming the old fart I never wished to be. I am succumbing to nostalgia and its lethal evil twin, bitterness. I listen to the radio – or, recently, more often a 30-second grab of a song on iTunes – and I think that popular music just can’t cut it anymore, that it all speaks in the same safe, sanitised
David Grossman's 'To the End of the Land'
By Inga Clendinnen
The Israeli novelist David Grossman leapt to international attention in the late ’80s with the release of his See Under: Love, translated into several European languages. Now comes To the End of the Land (Jonathan Cape, 592pp; $55.00). I used to think reviewing was a gentle art, but getting a grip on this huge, unruly
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Mandy Sayer
Gentlemen's Clubs
By Malcolm Knox
Invited to speak at The Australian Club in Sydney a couple of years ago, I felt reticent about telling, say, my wife where I was going. After all, being caught inside this type of gentlemen’s club may carry more shame than being spotted in the ones with poles and mirrors. Even more shameful for me was that when I
Ari Folman’s 'Waltz with Bashir'
By Luke Davies
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz