Australian politics, society & culture

World War II

By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Veterans return to Vietnam
By Mark Dapin
All That Is, James Salter, Picador; $29.99
By James Salter
By Robyn Annear
Image from ‘The Last Diggers’ by Ross Coulthart. Courtesy of HarperCollins.
Why do Australians lust for heroic war stories?
By Mark McKenna
Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘The Master’
By Luke Davies
'HHhH' by Laurent Binet, Harvill Secker; $32.95
By Catherine Ford
The identification disc in question. Image courtesy of Robin Barker.
A father’s World War II keepsake sparks a harrowing journey
By Robin Barker
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Forgotten People, Elites and Class Warfare
By Nick Dyrenfurth
Clive James, 2006. © David Levenson/Getty Images
A correspondence with Clive James
By Paola Totaro
By Michelle de Kretser
“Hello, this is Paul Chowder, and I’m going to tell you everything I know.” That’s a good opening sentence: it’s colloquial and grabby, in a telemarketing sort of way, and it signals the didactic intent of the narrative. This beginning also encapsulates two characteristic features of Nicholson Baker’s work: the
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Gail Bell
Australia's last frontier society is long gone. So what's next for the city of Darwin?
By Tony Clifton
When I went back in September both the Northern Territory Chief Minister, Clare Martin, and local historian Mickey Dewar used the word “latte” in their descriptions of this comfortable, backpacker-jammed resort by the Arafura Sea. The Darwin of 2005 is hardly exciting exciting, but it did seem unfair of the recent
By James Ley
Vikram Seth’s great-uncle and aunt were a mismatched couple. Shanti Seth was a short Hindu dentist with one arm; Hennerle Caro, tall and slender, was a German Jew. This alone suggests the story of how they came to be happily married is likely to be intriguing, but Aunty Henny and Shanti Uncle also belonged to a
Charles MacKarras and the quest for authenticity
By Stephen Fay
Sir Neville Cardus, the legendary cricket writer and music critic, chose to spend the World War II years in Sydney rather than London. Young Australian musicians would seek him out at his home in Kings Cross and ask if he thought they would be able to make a career in Europe when the war was over. One young oboist