Dear Editor, Mark Triffitt's review of George Megalogenis's Australia's Second Chance: What our history tells us about our future and Balancing Act (May 2016) left me ...... (read more)
Compared to the epic narratives of America and Europe, our story can seem rather unglamorous. Australia's 'tyranny of distance' from the seismic events of world history induces a vague sense that Australians labour under a certain tyranny of irrelevance. Perhaps we don't look hard enough to appreciate what is unique about our past. Or is is that our innate sense of ...
WHY DO YOU WRITE?
It is the best excuse I've found to play music all day. And to understand my country.
ARE YOU A VIVID DREAMER?
Not that I recall. I am a very heavy sleeper. But my mind does wander during the day.
WHERE ARE YOU HAPPIEST?
On my bike, on a tennis court, or at a Richmond home game at the MC ...
Matthew Lamb reviews 'The Australian Moment: How We Were Made for These Times' by George Megalogenis
In The Australian Moment: How We Were Made for These Times, George Megalogenis tries to explain how, in spite of ourselves, we managed to survive the last three ‘super crashes of the digital age’. He does so by actively avoiding the usual partisan morality tales, complete with intra-party rivalry ...... (read more)
Joel Deane reviews 'Trivial Pursuit (Quarterly Essay 40)' by George Megalogenis and 'The Party Thieves' by Barrie Cassidy
Political writers are much like their sports-writing cousins. Most simply tell it as they see it, recounting the highs and lows of the game, the winners and losers, the statistics and scoreline. Some – courtesy of a flair for language, a well-stocked contacts book, or the perspective that comes from being a former player or a veteran observer ...... (read more)