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Culture

The quip and the dead: Steve Toltz’s ‘Here Goes Nothing’

A bleakly satirical look at death and the afterlife from the wisecracking author of ‘A Fraction of the Whole’

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Culture

Market of the apes: NFTs and digital art

NFTs have transformed the art market, but artificial intelligence might transform art itself

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Society

A loss of character

Remembering some of Sydney’s well-known streetfolk

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Politics

Red alert

After the chaos of Trump’s loss and the Capitol Hill riot, the Republican Party is at war with itself, and the warning signs for America are loud and clear

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Politics

The disappearing man

On Anthony Albanese and the Labor Party

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Politics

A unitary theory of cuts

The Morrison government is using the COVID-19 crisis to devastate the public service, the ABC, the arts and tertiary education

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Culture

Something mythic

For Robyn Davidson, her acclaimed memoir ‘Tracks’ was an act of freedom whose reception hemmed her in

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Politics

The ministry of pandemics

How the spread of the virus revealed our leaders to us

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Politics

Descent from the summit

Looking back on Kevin Rudd’s overly ambitious and thinly detailed Australia 2020 Summit

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Politics

Peace with dishonour

On the West’s Trump-led exit from the wreckage of the Middle East

The aftermath

Politics

The aftermath

What is the lesson of Labor’s cautionary tale?

Doomsday is nigh

Politics

Doomsday is nigh

The ALP’s policies are mild – why are they being treated as a mortal threat?

Carping emissions

Politics

Carping emissions

Unable to face the wicked problem of climate change, the campaign turns personal

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Politics

The humble meme merchant

The reasons for Clive Palmer’s resurgence are as inexplicable as its effects

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Politics

The vision thing

So far, the federal election campaign of 2019 is a surprise return to the politics of yesteryear

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