Culture

The radiance before the disaster. The indomitable St Petersburgers.
By Justin Clemens
Founded by Peter the Great in 1703 as a “window to the West”, St Petersburg quickly became, according to Alexander Pushkin, “the jewel of the North”. Fyodor Dostoyevsky would later call it “that most abstract and intentional of cities”. By the early...
By Kate Grenville
To an Australian growing up in the sixties, the invention of the stump-jump plough could have seemed our greatest achievement. We were told of the explorers, dogged and dying in search of their inland sea, the convicts, the gold rushes. But unlike...
To understand the place you must first understand the Bundaberg Bear
By John Harms
I watch the Melbourne of my imagination disappear under low clouds. Urbane Melbourne, where conversation matters, where people take an interest in what is going on and have a pride in the culture they inherited and are adding to. It is a place...
Perth shyboy Richard Nicoll has come a long way from green polyester flares
By Katie Cohen
The first time I met Richard Nicoll he was in a Sydney cocktail lounge, looking rather hangdog about a recently broken love affair. The source of his malaise was Jonathan Saunders, then the It-boy of the East London fashion set, who for a moment in...
By Helen Garner
One Tuesday morning in August last year, Lauren Curnow, a 17-year-old student at Ballarat Secondary College, told her parents that she felt sick and wanted to stay home from school. Her mother assumed Lauren had a cold. But at about four in the...

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