Australian politics, society & culture


Lena Dunham’s ‘Not That Kind of Girl’
By Anna Goldsworthy
Hardie Grant; $39.95
By John van Tiggelen
By Mark McKenna
It is now more than twenty years since I first saw the land that I would later come to know as ‘Blackfellas’ Point’. What began as a retreat from Sydney – a remote ‘bush block’ on the far south coast of New South Wales – is now home to my family, my place of writing, and the one patch of earth to which I most
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Fraser, Hawke, Keating and Howard in Retirement
By George Megalogenis
'As I was Saying: A Collection of Musings' by Robert Dessaix, Vintage Australia, 224pp;$27.95
In conversation with Robert Dessaix
By Gail Bell
People living with HIV and AIDS, Sydney Mardi Gras, 1990s. © William Yang
AIDS 30 years on
By Gail Bell
Joan Didion alone with memories, 2005. © Kathy Willens/AP Photo
Joan Didion’s 'Blue Nights'
By Inga Clendinnen
Clive James, 2006. © David Levenson/Getty Images
A correspondence with Clive James
By Paola Totaro
John Bell rehearsing 'King Lear'. Sydney Opera House, 2010. © Greg Wood/AFP
John Bell’s ‘On Shakespeare’
By Louis Nowra
'Hitch-22: A Memoir' by Christopher Hitchens, Atlantic Books, 352pp; $35.00
Christopher Hitchens’ 'Hitch-22'
By Dennis Altman
Germaine Greer © Maggie Hannan/Flickr
Germaine Greer and 'The Female Eunuch'
By Louis Nowra
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Gay Bilson
Edmund Capon's "I Blame Duchamp"
By Sebastian Smee
No one ever seems surprised by Edmund Capon’s success, for he is charm incarnate. He has led one of Australia’s most visited art galleries, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, since 1978. You watch the way he floats, like pollen, from engagement to engagement – opening this, dropping in on that, giving his blessings
Black Inc., 224 pp; $27.95
By Zora Simic
At first glance, Anna Goldsworthy’s memoir, Piano Lessons, appears rather modest: she revisits her childhood and adolescence in comfortably suburban Adelaide, with the passing years marked by her development as a classical pianist under the tutelage of her piano teacher, Mrs Eleanora Sivan, a Russian émigré and one of
By Drusilla Modjeska
In Granta’s anthology called Fathers, published at the end of last year there’s a tough little story from New Zealand’s Kirsty Gunn. It’s called ‘The Father’. Actually, it’s about a grandfather who turns up when the children are on holiday. Fathers aren’t something these children know about; their mothers, who are
J.M. Coetzee's 'Summertime'
By Inga Clendinnen
JM Coetzee wrote Boyhood, his account from inside the mind (distanced third person, urgent present tense) of an unnamed South African boy heading into puberty when he was in his fifties. Surely he was young to be writing memoirs? Surely another novel would have been a better use of his time, especially when the novel