The Monthly Essays

Why have we failed to address climate change?
By Robert Manne
Julia at Melbourne Zoo in 2011.
The strange life and tragic death of Julia the gorilla
By Anna Krien
Shen Narayanasamy in the streets of Collingwood, Melbourne.
Shen Narayanasamy takes on Transfield
By Chloe Hooper
Robert Domm interviews Xanana Gusmão, October 1990.
Australia blurs the lines with Timor-Leste
By Mark Aarons
Farewell to a man who tried to connect indigenous and non-indigenous Australia
By Robyn Davidson
The tale of Captain Moonlite
By Jeff Sparrow
Trouble in the Family Court
By Jess Hill
On the road with the irrepressible Nick Xenophon
By Anne Manne
An Australian author writes for Burmese television
By Phillip Gwynne
Has classical music become irrelevant?
By Anna Goldsworthy
A British author’s complicated relationship with the island continent
By Will Self
How long can Australia ride in the coal wagon?
By Paul Cleary
A dinner date with Billy Snedden
By Robert Drewe
Meeting the Dalai Lama in the Blue Mountains
By Barry Hill
The US and China’s struggle for power in Asia
By Hugh White
On lifestyle diseases and quick fixes
By Karen Hitchcock
IBAC investigates Victoria’s rotten education bureaucracy
By Catherine Ford
Former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis on Greece’s economic crisis
By Christos Tsiolkas