December 2013 - January 2014

Essays  Right arrow

The C word

Some thoughts about class in Australia

The C word
Tony Oliver and Paddy Bedford, Kununurra, 2003. © Giancarlo Mazzella

Two painters in the Kimberley

The unlikely collaboration of Paddy Bedford and Tony Oliver

Children performing for tourists in Sinuiju, North Korea. © Linda Jaivin

A day in North Korea

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

 Warrego Highway, Miles, on the Western Downs. © Nicholas Purcell

Pianos of small-town Queensland

A tour of instruments and their owners

Ocean Drive, Miami. © Virginia Duran

Back to Miami

A dip into childhood

Vincent van Gogh, The Night Cafe (1888). © Wikimedia Commons
Vincent van Gogh, The Night Cafe (1888). © Wikimedia Commons

The Nation Reviewed  Right arrow

We don’t want to believe in climate change
Credit Julia?

Julia Gillard

Credit Julia?

Rewriting the Gillard years

How I learnt to love Tony Abbott
Miley Cyrus, eat your heart out

Miley Cyrus, eat your heart out

Indonesia’s dangdut music puts Western pop to shame

The indigenous King Lear

The indigenous King Lear

The Shadow King reimagines Shakespeare's tragedy

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

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

‘Falling Back to Earth’ at Brisbane’s QAGOMA

Vale Doris Lessing

Vale Doris Lessing

Memories of a friend and mentor

Vox  Right arrow

The Vox Owl

The Conversationalist

OMG and other dead prayers

Arts & Letters  Right arrow

Heart Reef, in the Whitsundays. © Queensland Tourism


Human encounters with the Great Barrier Reef

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

Hemingway’s passport, 1923. © John F Kennedy Library, Boston
Scarface Claw, as seen in Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy (1983). © Lynley Dodd

The art of children’s literature

What makes a picture book a classic?

Danie Mellor, An Elysian City (of Picturesque Landscapes and Memory), 2010. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
North Bondi SLC and surrounds. © Anthony Browell
Sarah Caplan’s World Trade Center dress. © MPH Design
Nile Rodgers (second from left) and Chic, at the Palladium in New York City, 1979. © Waring Abbott / Getty

Nile Rodgers

From ‘Le Freak’ to ‘Get Lucky’

Jonathan Teplitzky’s ‘The Railway Man’


Jonathan Teplitzky’s ‘The Railway Man’

Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman on the Burma Railway

Noted  Right arrow

Donna Tartt’s ‘The Goldfinch’
Bill Garner’s ‘Born in a Tent’
Jung Chang’s ‘Empress Dowager Cixi’
Encounters  Right arrow
Gary Foley & Joe Strummer