Australian politics, society & culture

Memoir

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
By Peter Craven
Alice Schroeder, The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life (Bloomsbury, 976pp; $49.95). Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father, read by the author (Text Publishing, 6 CDs; $39.95).Helen Garner, The Spare Room (Text Publishing, 208pp; $29.95).Christos Tsiolkas, The Slap (Allen & Unwin, 496pp; $32.95). Tim
By Peter Craven
Julian Burnside, Watching Brief: Reflections on Human Rights, Law and Justice (Scribe, 320pp; $32.95). ISBN(13): 9781921215490.Julia Fox, Jane Boleyn: The Infamous Lady Rochford (W&N, 400pp; $55). ISBN: 0297850814.Waleed Aly, People Like Us: How Arrogance is Dividing Islam and the West (Picador, 304pp; $32.95).
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz
By Zora Simic
The road to junkiedom and prostitution is littered with cliches. Kate Holden’s memoir – the tale of a good Melbourne girl who becomes a heroin-addicted prostitute – mostly avoids the romanticism that often plagues such stories. She’s not averse to shock value and In My Skin contains occasionally lurid
By Luke Davies
I first became aware of Craig Sherborne when I read his beautifully honed but laconic poems in Best Australian Poems 2003. Here was a fine craftsman with a diamond eye, writing with great grace of the racing life, of family, of childhood. An entire world was evoked. The poem “Brett’s Mum”, about an adolescent’s
By Gideon Haigh
In a 1970 interview with a favoured apologist, Mao Tse-Tung described himself in Chinese as literally “a man without law or limit”. This self-assessment was rendered in English as “a lone monk”. Similarly sympathetic mistranslation of his motives and methods have helped preserve The Great Helmsman’s reputation. “Oh