Australian politics, society & culture

The Trip

Hans Poulsen on a natural high, 1971.
The golden age of singer–songwriters
By Robert Forster
By Jacqueline Dutton
Marie Darrieussecq is one of the rare French novelists who has had most of their work translated into English. Her debut novel, Pig Tales, became an international success and another nine novels have followed in the decade since then. Her latest, Tom Is Dead, explores a mother’s mourning ten years after the death of
Life in a Bangkok Prison
By Harry Nicolaides
Compound One. For weeks I lay on my back, delirious with influenza. When I was able to stand, I shuffled around like a zombie, pushed here and there by the heaving population of sweaty, half-naked inmates, most of them Thai, Burmese or Cambodian.One night I was so overcome with anxiety that I started to hyperventilate
The King & I
By Harry Nicolaides
Compound One. For weeks I lay on my back, delirious with influenza. When I was able to stand, I shuffled around like a zombie, pushed here and there by the heaving population of sweaty, half-naked inmates, most of them Thai, Burmese or Cambodian. One night I was so overcome with anxiety that I started to
By Craig Sherborne
I am 22 years old. It is 1985. I live in London - hear St Paul's bells practising their scales! They wake me to work on Sundays. I'm a lackey in a backpacker hostel between the cathedral and Blackfriars Station. My room is so small it's called "the box" on the key. My coffees are too weak, wince
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Kate Rossmanith