Australian politics, society & culture


Alex Miller and Rai Gaita discuss Miller's award-winning novels set in what he calls the 'Stone Country'. This conversation is part of La Trobe University's "Ideas & Society" program, and was held during the Bendigo Writers' Festival in 2014. Miller and Gaita are both from central Victoria, and are close
"Barracuda", the new novel from Christos Tsiolkas, takes an unflinching look at modern Australia and asks what it means to be a good person. Christos talks to David Marr.
The Monthly Book for September 2014 is This House of Grief by Helen Garner. This eagerly awaited new book from the author of Monkey Grip, The First Stone and Joe Cinque’s Consolation is a moving account of the quest for justice and a fascinating look inside our courts. Did Robert Farquharson mean to kill his
Hardie Grant; $39.95
By John van Tiggelen
Black Inc.; $34.99
By Michael Cooney
Robert Farquharson leaves the Supreme Court in Melbourne, 30 December 2005. © Joe Castro / AAP
Helen Garner’s ‘This House of Grief’
By David Marr
The discobolus from the Roman emperor Hadrian’s villa in Tivoli. © The Trustees of the British Museum
‘The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece’ at Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria
By Bill Henson
Justin Timberlake performing in New Orleans, February 2013. © Christopher Polk / Getty Images
The everyman charm of Justin Timberlake
By Anwen Crawford
Taika Waititi’s ‘What We Do in the Shadows’
By Luke Davies
An exegesis on unintended consequences
By Mat Keneally
This month Tony Abbott squibbed the greatest moral challenge of his age and shelved plans to amend the Racial Discrimination Act. That was tough on George Brandis, who had drafted a gem of law prohibiting racial vilification only where the victim felt threatened with physical violence. The proposed law would have
A review of Clio Barnard's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's "The Selfish Giant"
By Anwen Crawford
“The poor children had nowhere to play,” reads The Selfish Giant, Oscar Wilde’s 1888 fairytale. After the titular giant has built a high wall around his lovely garden of fruit and flowers, the children “tried to play on the road, but the road was very dusty and full of hard stones, and they did not like it”. ‘Poor’ in
By Mark McKenna
It is now more than twenty years since I first saw the land that I would later come to know as ‘Blackfellas’ Point’. What began as a retreat from Sydney – a remote ‘bush block’ on the far south coast of New South Wales – is now home to my family, my place of writing, and the one patch of earth to which I most
The 'Augmented Australia' app in action. © Alexander Mayes Photography
At the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, ‘Augmented Australia’ fails to impress
By David Neustein
Mass murderer Anders Breivik on trial. © Frank Augstein / AP
Anne Manne’s ‘The Life of I’ takes aim at a modern epidemic
By Linda Jaivin
FKA Twigs
Timbaland and Boyz II Men haunt FKA Twigs’ ‘LP1’ and How To Dress Well’s ‘What Is This Heart?’
By Anwen Crawford
David Gulpilil
David Gulpilil brings Rolf de Heer’s ‘Charlie’s Country’ alive, but Nick Cave can’t save Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s ‘20,000 Days on Earth’
By Luke Davies
The science is clear, but the way forward is not
By Judith Brett
Behind the scenes with the young Aussie comedian
By Ronnie Scott