Amanda Lohrey

Amanda Lohrey
Amanda Lohrey is the author of The Reading Group, Camille’s BreadA Short History of Richard Kline, and the Quarterly Essays Groundswell and Voting for Jesus.



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Schoolies in a Surfers Paradise polling booth at the 2007 federal election. © Fiona Hamilton / Newspix

Comment: Australian Democracy and the Right to Party

News footage of Egyptians queuing patiently for hours to exercise their first free vote in decades is a sobering sight. Even more sobering is the whining of those Australians who currently complain about having to vote at all. Our political culture has …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

The Art of Ideas

Arts

Wim Delvoye at MONA

David Walsh at the MONA site, 2010. © Museum of Old and New Art

High priest

Culture

David Walsh and Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art

The absent heart

Society

I am a restless and disgruntled visitor to museums, not much interested in the engineered detail of an artefact but more in how it fits into the big picture. When I see the 1785 Boulton and Watt steam engine in Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum I want to know …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Pigs might fly

Society

On a recent trip to Sydney I was urged by friends to visit a new butcher shop in the wealthy suburb of Woollahra. At first I was resistant – a butcher shop? Go, they said. It has to be seen to be believed. The establishment formerly known as Churchill’s …

‘So This Is Life: Tales from a Country Childhood’ by Anne Manne

arts

Accounts of adult lives often lapse into flat chronicle mode. They can be partial in their truths – when not downright evasive – and constrained by concern for the sensitivities of the living, or the eagle eye of the defamation lawyer. But memoirs …

A proper wedding

Society

In February of this year I watched the telecast of the Victorian bushfire memorial service, a unique piece of improvised public ritual that was very much of its time. Twenty years ago, perhaps even ten, a service of this kind would have been held in …

‘Dissection’ by Jacinta Halloran

Culture

Jacinta Halloran is a Melbourne medical practitioner, as is the heroine of her first novel, Dissection. Anna McBride is 43, a competent GP, the wife of an architect and mother of two small boys. Every day she juggles the demands of being a good woman, …

Unhappy endings

arts

Annie Proulx’s ‘Fine Just the Way It Is’