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The Monthly Book April Live Chat

Watch the conversation with Ramona Koval here. Ramona Koval and Craig Sherborne discuss JM Coetzee’s The Childhood of Jesus. In this first Monthly Book discussion, Ramona and Craig will respond to readers’ questions …

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A Letter to the Editor, from Joe Dolce

Joe Dolce is a singer-songwriter, poet and essayist.  This is Joe's letter to Monthly editor John van Tiggelen, written just prior to the publication of 'Shaddap You Facebook' in the April 2013 issue of the magazine:     Hi …

The Monthly Classics

It has been quite a year: there was the hard-fought US election, Mary Poppins duelled with Voldemort at the London Olympics opening ceremony, the Syrian conflict raged and Hurricane Sandy wrought chaos; Rupert Murdoch suffered from a hazy memory and …

A frustrated politician: Rupert Murdoch in 1985. © Roger Ressmeyer/Corbis & Rupert Murdoch after facing the Leveson inquiry, 26 April 2012. © Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Rupert Murdoch

Murdoch Madness

The saga of the Murdoch empire has always held a hypnotic appeal for the Monthly’s writers. So much political influence and control of information rests in the hands of this sprawling, secretive multinational outfit that we ignore their …

Top Political Satire of 2012

An editor’s selection of ten amusing political items from 2012 by PoliticOz. The Press Assesses the Gettysburg Address: “SEAN: No one says the man isn't a shrewd orator, Wolf. But what did he hope to accomplish …

Julia Gillard one year into her prime ministership, July 2011. © Kym Smith/Newspix & Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Julia Gillard

One Term in the Life of Julia Gillard

Two years is a long time in politics, especially if your name’s Julia Gillard. The Monthly has seen the rolling crises as well as the successes: from Gillard’s inability to sell her ‘story’ following the leadership …

Top SlowTV Videos of 2012

SlowTV presents an editor’s selection of this year’s best videos. Michael Palin in Conversation On Obsession – David Grann of the New YorkerIndigenous Exceptionalism – Marcia LangtonAll That I Am – Anna Funder …

Best Australian Political Writing 2012

Last May saw the launch of PoliticOz, the Monthly’s daily roundup of the nation’s political action. In a dramatic and often chaotic parliamentary year, PoliticOz pointed out the most clear-eyed commentators.They …

Our selection of highlights from Best Australian Political Cartoons 2012 (Scribe).

Best Australian Political Cartoons 2012

Our selection of highlights from Best Australian Political Cartoons 2012 ($29.95), published by Scribe. Warren Brown, The Daily Telegraph  David Pope, The Canberra Times  Bruce Petty, The Age  David …

Best Image Galleries of 2012

Ten of the best image galleries of 2012 from around the world as selected by the Shortlist Daily. Planet Fantastic: Stunning Images Of World's Most Incredible Landscapes– Daily MailThe 2012 Summer Paralympics– The AtlanticFinding …

Best Satire of 2012

Ten of the most amusing reads of 2012 from the Shortlist Daily. Republicans consider welcoming people who believe in math and science “After disappointing results in Tuesday’s election, Mr. Priebus said that it was …

Top Reads of 2012

Ten of the best reads from around the world as featured in the Shortlist Daily.How a high-speed rail disaster exposed China's corruption “He captured a wobbly snapshot of the digital speedometer at the end of the carriage; …

Top Monthly Essays of 2012

In 2012, the media struggled, news suffered and ephemera triumphed, while the Monthly maintained its dedication to essays and long-form journalism. From Wayne Swan’s broadside at vested interests to Catherine Ford’s expedition with Cape York’s …

Helen Garner

A Letter to Helen

We have had a remarkable reaction to Helen Garner’s Vox article, written on the impact of Jill Meagher’s death (‘Death in Brunswick’, November). The story also included a chance meeting with a newly minted father. This week we were thrilled to …

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The Monthly takes out top current affairs award second year running

The Monthly was named winner of the Business, Finance & Current affairs category for the second consecutive year at the 2012 Australian Magazine Awards ceremony in Sydney. The Monthly was up against big players BRW, Money …

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