Australian politics, society & culture


Art and artifice in John Michael McDonagh’s ‘Calvary’
By Luke Davies
PL Travers and Mary Poppins
By Alan Saunders
“I’ll stay till the wind changes,” says Mary Poppins to the Banks children after she swept in on the east wind and, overwhelming Mrs Banks, became their nanny. Well, clearly the wind has not yet changed, because Mary Poppins is everywhere these days. She’s a book, she’s a movie and, now, she’s a hugely successful
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz
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 that has lived up to my expectations. I don’t think it’s home. I’m