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La travesty

Culture

La travesty

Opera Australia’s troubles

Society

Incentivising

An age-old conjugation of democracy runs something like this: I am guided by the will of the people; you are a slave of public opinion; he is a crude and craven populist. It was on show in March, during the crazy few weeks that began with the hounding …

The pursuit of usable beauty

Society

The pursuit of usable beauty

Damien Wright & his table

arts

Vanity fare

Michael Wolff’s ‘The Man Who Owns the News’

Society

The comeback kid

Eddie Perfect’s ‘Shane Warne: The Musical’

Feeling lucky

Society

Feeling lucky

What drives economic optimism?

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Society

Ursa major

This year marks the centenary of an early classic of American finance: Fifty Years on Wall Street, by Henry Clews, a self-made speculative tycoon turned éminence grise. It is bookended by calamities. Clews first strolled the street during the …

essay

Totally wired

Wire’s ‘Object 47’

Sir Donald Bradman at 100

Society

Sir Donald Bradman at 100

The serious Australian

arts

‘Renegade: The Lives and Tales of Mark E Smith’ by Mark E Smith (with Austin Collings)

Mancunian Mark E Smith is the founder of The Fall, after 27 studio albums the most durable and protean of all bands to emerge from that burst of musical DIY inspired by punk 30 years ago. Actually, if that is news to you, no purpose is served by reading …

arts

And you can too

Recent book subtitles

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

nation_reviewed

Razor-gang blues

They think well of Kevin Rudd at the National Library of Australia. For all his posturing as Mr History, John Howard only visited the library once - and then to launch the government's online-porn filter while the children of staffers gambolled for the …

Gas!

arts

Gas!

Upton Sinclair’s ‘Oil!’ & Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘There Will Be Blood’

Packed it in

Society

Packed it in

The demise of the 'Bulletin'

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Society

Monkey business

A couple of days after the second Test between Australia and India ended at the Sydney Cricket Ground amid acrimony and indignation, I boarded the tram for an evening’s practice at my cricket club with 15-year-old Bill. A bright boy, Bill. I knew him …

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