The Monthly Essays

Warren Entsch at the Coming of the Light festival on Thursday Island, July 2013. © Aaron Smith
A trip through the Torres Strait to see the Coming of the Light festival
By Thornton McCamish
Early examples of gene silencing in transgenic plants
Gene silencing, miracle cures and Balmain’s biggest biotech company
By Michael Lucy
Portrait of Tony Abbott by Neil Moore
The brief life and quiet death of Tony Abbott’s love of liberty
By David Marr
Umeewarra Mission
In Port Augusta, an Israeli linguist is helping the Barngarla people reclaim their language
By Anna Goldsworthy
What drives Edward Snowden, the world’s most wanted whistleblower?
By Robert Manne
Catching a ride with strangers is harder than it looks
By Robert Skinner
Marco and Nick Nikitaras
Coles, Woolworths and the price we pay for their domination
By Malcolm Knox
The Art Gallery of New South Wales
Adventures in the artefact business
By Peter Robb
Margaret Inamuka
Being a magistrate in the Eastern Highlands is not for the faint of heart
By Alana Rosenbaum
Rolf Harris performing 'Jake the Peg' in 1966. © Bill Orchard / Rex Features
Behind the wobbleboard
By Peter Conrad
Ship-loading tower, Triabunna mill wharf. © Mike Bowers
How the end of Gunns cleared a new path for Tasmania
By John van Tiggelen
Electricity workers in Brisbane. © Tim Marsden / Newspix
How network companies lined their pockets and drove electricity prices through the roof
By Jess Hill
Remembering “the oldest living transsexual in captivity”
By Meshel Laurie
Love, death and the Serbian flag
By Lally Katz
A sugar-cube replica of Rachel Whiteread’s Embankment (2005) © The Art Fund
Have we lost control of what we eat?
By Gail Bell
Bill Shorten and Tony Abbott at the opening of parliament, November 2013. © Gary Ramage / Newspix  
The distance between us and our rulers is getting bigger
By Richard Cooke
A postcard showing the interior of Stateville Correctional Centre, Illinois, modelled on Bentham’s Panopticon. Courtesy of Alex Wellerstein
Privacy is fast becoming a quaint old-fashioned thing
By Linda Jaivin
Forty years of friendship
By Murray Bail

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