Australian politics, society & culture

World War II

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Lice Infestations in Australia
By Christine Kenneally
Carlos the Jackal, France, c. 1970. © AFP / Getty Images
Olivier Assayas’ 'Carlos' and Terrorists in Film
By Kate Jennings
Tom Hooper’s 'The King’s Speech' and Derek Cianfrance’s 'Blue Valentine'
By Luke Davies
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Kirsten Tranter
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
Joseph Kosuth and Conceptual Art
By Justin Clemens
At the beginning of the 1960s, the New York art scene was going wild. World War II had created the conditions for the city to become the new capital of the world, and Americans were unapologetically seizing opportunity in every way they could. Not only had ‘Old Europe’ been physically devastated by the war, but its
Pink Floyd's 'The Wall'
By Waleed Aly
In the mid-1960s, a young underground band played a gig at a Catholic youth club. The promoter refused to pay the band, which decided to pursue him legally in a small claims tribunal. The magistrate found in favour of the promoter: the performance, it was held, “wasn’t music”.Scouring the catalogue of early Pink Floyd
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Gail Bell
Nicolas Rothwell's 'The Red Highway'
By Pico Iyer
The Red Highway (Black Inc., 288pp; $32.95) begins with a spare, haunting account of the Czech artist Karel Kupka clambering out of a plane and (as the book’s first sentence has it) stepping “for the first time into the elusive world of Arnhem Land.” Born in the last year of World War I, and growing up in a cultured
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Cullen Murphy
The Road to the Apology
By Robert Manne
Two pieces of evidence I stumbled upon shortly after reading the report had a particularly powerful effect on me. One was a passage from Margaret Tucker's autobiography, If Everyone Cared. As I know now but did not yet understand, Margaret Tucker had been one of the many New South Wales Aboriginal children and
Australian Government poster - "Australia: land of Tomorrow", by Joe Greenberg, 21 September 1949, National Archives of Australia
The Official History
By John Hirst
How Do Creatures Think?
By Robyn Davidson
As I do. And have always done.I have studied them in the wild, worked with them, shared my homes with them. Though ‘pets' seems too diminished a term to give to those aliens who have, throughout my life, kept me company, amused me, amazed me. Dogs, cats, parrots, ravens ... they have reconnected me with nature when I'
Werner Herzog’s ‘Rescue Dawn’
By Luke Davies
Some Australian examples
By John Hirst
My Australian collection begins early, at Sydney Cove in 1789, the second year of the convict settlement. The nature of this anomalous society is still not well understood. Since the population consisted of convicts and military it is assumed that the military controlled the convicts. This is not so. The military had
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Clive James