March 2013

Essays  Right arrow


Fat City

What can stop obesity?

Fat City
Mural at Woomera Immigration Reception and Processing Centre. © Dean Sewell / Oculi
Ian Macdonald. © John Grainger / Newspix


Mate of the Union

How to corrupt a party

‘Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott’ by David Marr, Black Inc, 256pp; $19.95


Political Animal

The Making of Tony Abbott

Quarterly Essay 49, ‘Not Dead Yet: Labor's Post-Left Future’ by Mark Latham, Black Inc, 101pp; $19.95

Tony Abbott

The Rise of the New Right

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The Nation Reviewed  Right arrow

Liberal Party

A taxing year

Australia’s policy drought

L–R: Penny Wong, Tanya Plibersek, Jenny Macklin, Julia Gillard, Kate Lundy, Kate Ellis, Julie Collins. © Tim Bauer

Indigenous rights

Thinking Backwards

Aboriginal violence and its interpreters


Nate Silver’s poker face

Vox  Right arrow

Arts & Letters  Right arrow

Mawson’s expedition. Photo by Frank Hurley. Courtesy of the State Library of NSW.

From Cecil, with Loathing

‘Madigan’s Account: The Mawson Expedition’

‘The Return to Nazareth from Egypt’ (1734), Francesco Conti


To Hell with Self-help

JM Coetzee’s ‘The Childhood of Jesus’

The Bamiyan valley, after the destruction of the famed Buddha statues. © Duncan Dalzel-Job

A Few Brave Men

‘Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures’

© Jimmy King

Falling Back to Earth

David Bowie’s ‘The Next Day’

Love in the Time of Ruin

Love in the Time of Ruin

Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour’

Noted  Right arrow

Anish Kapoor, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Until 1 April

Anish Kapoor

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

‘Earthmasters’ by Clive Hamilton, Allen and Unwin; $24.99
‘All the Way’, Marie Darrieussecq (trans. Penny Hueston), Text Publishing; $29.99
Encounters  Right arrow
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz