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Our month-long stint as president
By Nick Bryant
Jose Ramos-Horta with school students in Ermera, Timor-Leste, March 2012. © Beawitharta/Reuters
Four Days with José Ramos-Horta
By Peter Robb
Army medic Jacqui de Gelder ready to heal or harm as necessary, Afghanistan, September 2009. © Gary Ramage / Newspix
Women in the Military
By Anne Summers
Quarterly Essay 44, 'Man-Made World: Choosing between Progress and Planet', by Andrew Charlton, Black Inc., 142pp; $19.95
By Andrew Charlton
Frank Moorhouse, the nation's Edith Wharton. © Steve Baccon/Fairfax Syndication
Frank Moorhouse’s 'Cold Light'
By David Marr
Chris Bowen working the stage in Canberra. © Donglei Chen
Chris Bowen and the Malaysian Solution
By Jana Wendt
A TPN rebel at base camp in the jungle of West Papua. © KC Ortiz
William Lloyd-George Takes a Journey through West Papua
By William Lloyd-George
Stephen Milne leads his St Kilda teammates in a recovery session, September 2008, Melbourne. © Stuart Mcevoy / Newspix / News Limited
Out of Bounds
By Anna Krien
Fretilin supporters protest in Dili following the resignation of then Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, 30 June 2006. © Candido Alves / Newspix / News Limited
East Timor’s Lost Generation
By Jill Jolliffe
Sarah Palin "reloads" at a campaign rally in Anchorage, Alaska, 2010. © John Moore / Getty Images
Rupert Murdoch’s Populist Creations
By Guy Rundle
By Christos Tsiolkas
I’m ageing; I’m becoming the old fart I never wished to be. I am succumbing to nostalgia and its lethal evil twin, bitterness. I listen to the radio – or, recently, more often a 30-second grab of a song on iTunes – and I think that popular music just can’t cut it anymore, that it all speaks in the same safe, sanitised
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Rudd’s ETS Backflip
By Tim Flannery
Jonathan Safran Foer’s ‘Eating Animals’
By Peter Singer
Jonathan Safran Foer is a talented novelist with a gift for writing amusingly about serious issues. In Everything Is Illuminated (2003), he created a Ukrainian narrator, Alex, who describes in hilarious detail his work assisting an American Jew – named Jonathan Safran Foer – in finding the woman who hid his
Francis Deron's 'The Trial of the Khmer Rouge'
By Simon Leys
One remembers the last lines of Kafka’s Trial: Josef K, an innocent citizen who fell into an incomprehensible and endless web of judicial proceedings for reasons that will never be revealed to him, is in the end taken by two official-looking gentlemen to a deserted quarry; there, with a sort of stupid bureaucratic
Homer’s "Iliad" & David Malouf’s "Ransom"
By Peter Conrad
Which of Homer's two narratives a writer chooses depends on the temper of the times. Romantic voyagers in the nineteenth century favoured The Odyssey. Goethe, visiting an aromatic garden in Sicily, said that for the first time the poem had become a "living truth" to him. As Robert Louis Stevenson crisscrossed the