James Bradley

James Bradley WRITERS & CONTRIBUTORS

14 ENTRIES James Bradley is an author and a critic. His books include WrackThe ResurrectionistClade and Ghost Species.



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Society

The agony and ecstasy

Clinical trials in Perth will study the use of MDMA to treat PTSD and addiction

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Society

A trip to the doctor

A personal experience of how psychedelics are transforming mental health therapies

Society

Plight of the platypus

Extreme weather events are affecting this monotreme in unforeseen ways

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Society

A reef history of time

The effort to restore Australia’s once-vast oyster ecosystems

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Society

How Australia’s coal madness led to Adani

The real reasons keeping the Carmichael mine alive

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Society

The end of the oceans

The world’s oceans and all marine life are on the brink of total collapse

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Society

The Great Southern Reef

What is killing off the kelp forests along Australia’s coast?

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Fish have feelings too

Under-the-sea society is much more complex than we imagine

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Slippery migrants

What eels do when we’re not watching

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Culture

‘The Natural Way of Things’ by Charlotte Wood

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A barracuda. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Christos Tsiolkas

Christos Tsiolkas’ ‘Barracuda’

All fired up

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Society

Ningaloo sharks

It takes little more than two hours for the spotter planes to locate the first whale shark of the day. Along with the two-dozen or so others who have paid several hundred dollars to spend a day diving with the sharks, I don my mask and flippers in readiness …

arts

‘Big Love’, Season 2, SBS Television

It's easy to imagine the pitch for HBO's polygamist drama, Big Love: Everything a normal family faces, times three. It's a neat formula, and it captures much of the pleasure of the series, which centres on the ever-expanding family of the Utah …

arts

‘Birds of Australia’s Top End’ by Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow

Early on in these pages, Denise Goodfellow marks out some territory. Relating her Aboriginal sister’s reaction to a picture of a cassowary (“What’s this? Different emu?”), she declares: “Rather mischievously I did consider adopting the classificatory …