Malcolm Knox

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31 ENTRIES Malcolm Knox is a former literary editor of the Sydney Morning Herald, and has won three Walkley awards for journalism. His books include Jamaica, The Life and Bluebird.



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Tamiflu medicine pill by a Swiss company Roche against Influenza A (H1N1) virus causing the 2009 flu pandemic. © Andrew Wales/Flickr

Society

Known unknowns

Influenza

Society

Broken record

The ‘Guinness World Records’

James Murdoch speaking at Verge. © Esther Dyson/Flickr

Society

Rising son

James Murdoch

Society

In retreat

Gentlemen’s clubs

The Church of Scientology’s spiritual headquarters in Clearwater, California, 2007. © Wikicommons

Society

Only itself to blame

The Church of Scientology

Culture

Everything & more

The work of David Foster Wallace

arts

In the giant green cathedral

Tim Winton’s ‘Breath & surf writing’

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Society

Not in translation

When Gough Whitlam told the young Kevin Rudd to go out and get a university degree, Rudd chose to study Chinese language and history at the ANU. What if a present-day mentor showed equal prescience and advised an ambitious protégé to go out and learn …

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Corporatising culture

Who holds the past in common trust?

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

nation_reviewed

For the record

‘The Library of Babel’, a 1941 story by the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, is often read as a prefigurement of the internet. Every book in the library has 410 pages, made up of the letters of the standard alphabet. The catch is that these letters …

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Cruising

Life and death on the high seas

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The greater glory

Paradise is once again at hand for the persecuted tribe of Australian soccer, or ‘The One True Football’. This month, the Socceroos’ participation in the World Cup – for the first time in 32 years, and for only the second time ever – is set …

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The middle-class steeplechase

My dear Callum and Lilian, You entered our hearts identically, 15 months apart, as affirmative lines on a pregnancy test in your Uncle David’s bathroom in London. Your mother sat amid black-and-white chequerboard tiles, crying. We only need to practise …

arts

2024

“The event that dislocated our period from the last was September 11.” “Oh-one. Twin Towers. Splatter patterns. It’s raining men, hallelujah ...” “Hush. The event to which you refer merely amplified the existing order, even accelerated its …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

nation_reviewed

Comment

On May 11, 1989, the worst team to leave Australia was playing the Marylebone Cricket Club at Lord’s. One of the worst team’s worst bowlers, Mervyn Hughes, was fielding a few steps from where I sat on the boundary. England welcomed Hughes, an antipodean …