Richard Cooke


Richard Cooke
Richard Cooke is The Monthlys US correspondent and contributing editor. 



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Laughing Gas

When Lieutenant John Pike was filmed pepper-spraying cross-legged Occupy protesters with the nonchalance of a retiree hosing down the garden, it took a day for the image to make him famous. It took two days for him to become the ‘Casually Pepper Spray …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

I got nothin’ for you

Society

Dave Panichi is one of the greatest jazz trombonists Australia has produced. He is also the straight man in one of the greatest unintentional comedy routines ever recorded. "I could live to be 150 and cure cancer, and I'd still go down in history as the …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Bugging out

Society

Simon Beer has spent the past five years trying to convince himself that the Apocalypse will be fun. Not that he calls it the Apocalypse. His fellow survivalists call it TEOFTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) or the Long Emergency, the Collapse, …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Kuru awareness week

Society

The US Vice President, Dick Cheney, took an unwelcome guest home with him from his recent Australian trip. Never a healthy man (he has had four heart attacks and a quadruple bypass), the VP complained of calf pain on his return and, sure enough, an ultrasound …

Why drug dealers vote Liberal

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Mitch may have stopped dealing drugs but he still wears the uniform of his former profession. His outfit is an expo for man-made fibres – nylon and rayon, teflon and polyester. His phone rings constantly, bathing the underside of his face in light. …

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