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
Buddy Holly singing at the Nurses Memorial Centre on St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, with Joe B Mauldin on bass and Jerry Allison on drums, 5 February 1958. Image courtesy of Roderick Jordan. © Roderick Jordan
'Rave On Buddy Holly'
By Robert Forster
Craig Sherborne’s 'The Amateur Science of Love'
By Drusilla Modjeska
In 2008 Craig Sherborne wrote an essay for the Monthly on the death of his first wife from breast cancer. The title was ‘Unforgiven’. In it, Sherborne tells the story of his years with Alex, whom he met in London in 1985 when he was a callow 22 year old. She came into the hostel where he was working – as a “lackey”
The view from Tufi Dive Resort, overlooking a fjord and out to Mt Trafalgar. © Don Silcock/Indo-Pacific Images
Drusilla Modjeska on Tufi, Papua New Guinea
By Drusilla Modjeska
Peter Weir’s 'The Way Back' and Leon Ford’s 'Griff the Invisible'
By Helen Garner
Mark Twain at home in New Hampshire, 1906. The writer penned the annotation as part of a series of narrative portraits. © Bettmann / Corbis
Mark Twain and his Autobiography: Volume 1
By Peter Robb
Protestors march in Hong Kong in support of Liu Xiaobo, January 2010. © Tyrone Siu / Reuters
Liu Xiaobo
By Linda Jaivin