Alan Saunders


Alan Saunders
Alan Saunders was a writer, philosopher and broadcaster who contributed to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Bulletin and other publications. He was a presenter on ABC Radio National for 25 years where his programs included The Philosopher’s Zone and By Design.



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Strictly speaking

Politics

“I’m not going to bore you with a lot of oratory, because I’m not an orator,” Sir Les Patterson once remarked. “I’m an Australian politician.” He was unfair to his breed and to his country as well. Australia’s reputation for tongue-tied …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Tried again

Society

Well, at least nobody had to wear tights. We were all clad in a seemly manner – academic robes for most of us – when we stepped onto the stage and into a flashy, Renaissance-lite set curiously reminiscent of an amateur production of Kiss Me, Kate. …

School for gangsters

Culture

‘Underbelly’ and ‘The Wire’

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Socratic dialogues

Society

“My idea of heaven is sitting in my garden with the sun on my back, a cup of tea and someone I love,” says a woman at the back of the room. It’s a philosophical claim that, like so many, invites more questions than it resolves. Is she saying that …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

City lights

Culture

“We’re in the renaissance period of artificial light at night,” says composer and light designer Mary-Anne Kyriakou. “If the city at night is only a place where people drink, what good is the city?” On this warm June night, the crouching pug …

'Reporting America', Alistair Cooke, Allen Lane; $37.95.

Last man standing

Culture

Alistair Cooke’s ‘Reporting America’

Cooking with love

arts

Recent food books

‘The Old Country: Australian Landscapes, Plants and People’ by George Seddon

arts

When is Australia going to stop being young? I may have miscounted but, as far as I can see, of the 193 independent nations states listed in the CIA World Factbook, no fewer than 143 are younger than us. Even if you allow that many of these have ancient …



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