December 2013 - January 2014


The C word

Some thoughts about class in Australia

Two painters in the Kimberley

The unlikely collaboration of Paddy Bedford and Tony Oliver

A day in North Korea

Big statues, high swings and a ‘Sound of Music’ sing-along


Pianos of small-town Queensland

A tour of instruments and their owners

Back to Miami

A dip into childhood

The Nation Reviewed

Julia Gillard

Credit Julia?

Rewriting the Gillard years

Miley Cyrus, eat your heart out

Indonesia’s dangdut music puts Western pop to shame

The indigenous King Lear

The Shadow King reimagines Shakespeare's tragedy

How Cai Guo-Qiang turned a tree into a work of art

‘Falling Back to Earth’ at Brisbane’s QAGOMA

Vale Doris Lessing

Memories of a friend and mentor


The Vox Owl

The Conversationalist

OMG and other dead prayers

Arts & Letters


Human encounters with the Great Barrier Reef

Iain McCalman’s ‘The Reef: A passionate history’

The art of children’s literature

What makes a picture book a classic?


‘Australia’ at the Royal Academy, London

A limited survey of Australian art

Nile Rodgers

From ‘Le Freak’ to ‘Get Lucky’


Jonathan Teplitzky’s ‘The Railway Man’

Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman on the Burma Railway



Bill Garner’s ‘Born in a Tent’

NewSouth Books; $39.99