James Boyce is a writer and historian. His books include Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World, Losing Streak: How Tasmania Was Gamed by the Gambling Industry and Van Diemen’s Land.
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Damascene subversion: Christos Tsiolkas’s ‘Damascus’
The literary storyteller’s latest novel wrestles with the mythology of Christianity’s founder, Paul the Apostle
The Devil and Scott Morrison
What do we know about the prime minister’s Pentecostalism?
The lie of ‘responsible gambling’
Australia’s world-beating gambling addiction and the deception hiding it
Mike Parr’s invisible performance and Tasmania’s complex past
Underneath the bitumen in Hobart, history becomes art
Decoding the dual-citizenship crisis
Australia’s founders would be shocked at today’s interpretation of the Constitution
Tablet or toilet?
How transformative has the computer age really been?
The selfish gene
Richard Dawkins published The Selfish Gene in 1976, the book that established his reputation and which, his closest supporters maintain, ‘takes pride of place among his achievements’. With it, he helped popularise the idea that not only the …
‘The Biggest Estate on Earth’ by Bill Gammage
Modern environmental sensibility has not increased the number of Australians who are able to imagine what our dominant homelands – the coastlands of the temperate zone – were like before European settlement. Such has been the transformation of the …
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