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Will Australia learn from the US's healthcare mistakes?
By Lally Katz
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Murdoch’s Tweets of Doom
By Peter Conrad
A rapscallian's resort, Central Park. © Cameron Davidson / Corbis
Janette Turner Hospital on Central Park, New York
By Janette Turner Hospital
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, 2011. © Sam Karanikos
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu’s 'Rrakala'
By Robert Forster
Hans Keilson. © Martin Spieles / S Fischer Verlag
Hans Keilson’s 'The Death of the Adversary' and 'Comedy in a Minor Key'
By Inga Clendinnen
Kate Jennings and Dare in the channels at Hanwood. Image courtesy of the author.
Learning to Swim
By Kate Jennings
Julian Assange holds a press conference on the 'Afghan War Diary' in London, 26 July 2010. © Leon Neal / AFP / Getty Images
Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks
By John Birmingham
Carrol Jerrems, 'Mirror with a Memory: Motel Room', 1977. Type C colour photograph, 23 x 18 centimetres. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. © Ken Jerrems and the Estate of Lance Jerrems
'Up Close'
By Peter Conrad
The Doors circa 1966. © Joel Brodksy / Corbis
Tom DiCillo’s 'When You’re Strange: A Film About The Doors'
By Robert Forster
'Mad Men: Season Four'
By Kirsten Tranter
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Anna Funder
By Paul Barry
In the four years BBL was listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), Phil Green and his team of tyros harvested more than $2 billion in fees from the bank’s satellite funds and other operations, and paid themselves almost $1.2 billion in bonuses. Green, the chief executive, raked in $56 million for himself,
Kylie Minogue performs at the Fox Theatre, Oakland, California, on her first North American tour, September 2009. © AP Photo/Tony Avelar
The Minogue Sisters
By Peter Conrad
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz
Tim Burton. 'Blue Girl with Wine' c. 1997. Oil on canvas, 71.1 x 55.9 cm. Private collection © Tim Burton
Tim Burton: The Exhibition
By John Baxter
Eugene O’Neill’s 'Long Day’s Journey into Night'
By Peter Conrad
Eugene O’Neill thought of his Long Day’s Journey into Night as a posthumous work. Completing it in 1941, he decided that it should only be published 25 years after his death; he also stipulated that it should never be performed, effectively killing it before its creation. Writing it made him feel like a dead man – a