November 2014, no. 366

Welcome to our first issue devoted largely to the Environment. Highlights include Alison Pouliot’s superb photo essay on drought in Australia; and Danielle Clode’s long article ‘Seeing the Wood for the Trees’. Other environmentally inclined contributors include Ian Lowe, Tom Griffiths, and Ruth A. Morgan. Historian Mark McKenna extols the final volume of Alan Atkinson’s The Europeans in Australia. Fiction-wise, Morag Fraser reviews Margaret Atwood’s new stories, Shannon Burns reviews J.M. Coetzee’s Three Stories, and Ruth Starke is intrigued by John Marsden’s first novel for adults. Other contributors include Dennis Altman, Judith Beveridge, and Sheila Fitzpatrick. Peter Carey is our guest on Open Page – and Geordie Williamson is our Critic of the Month.

November 2014, no. 366

Danielle Clode: 'Seeing the wood for the trees'

Danielle Clode

Many years ago, after working for a while in Europe, we returned to Australia via America. We picked up a car in Atlanta and drove through sprawling cities, alarming slums, and abandoned downtowns. Across Mississippi and the broad, reassuring openness of Texas, to Ari ...

Dennis Altman reviews Bob Brown's memoir 'Optimism'

Dennis Altman

There is a built-in paradox for the Greens: they need to both persuade people that we face major ecological disasters and at the same time hold out hope that we can respond meaningfully to them. To do this requires the sort of corny and touching optimism that gives Bo ...

Morag Fraser reviews 'Stone Mattress' by Margaret Atwood

Morag Fraser

One swallow doesn’t make a summer, as the stark proverb cautions, but a cockatoo flocking of short stories suggests that the form is perhaps enjoying a revival – and the publishing industry has seized an opportunity. As it should.

In 2013, Alice Munro won ...

Ian Lowe reviews 'Collision Course: Endless growth on a finite planet' by Kerryn Higgs

Ian Lowe

This clear and cogent book is an important wake-up call. It should not need saying that it is impossible for human populations and economies to grow without limit on a finite planet, but that delusion is widespread. This book is a reminder of the inconvenient truth that should be informing our leaders ...

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