Black Inc

Paul Strangio reviews Quarterly Essay 71: 'Follow the Leader' by Laura Tingle

Paul Strangio
25 October 2018

As chief political correspondent for the ABC’s 7.30, Laura Tingle was a ringside commentator of the latest knockout bout of leadership pugilism in Canberra. Calling the crazed w More

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Australian Book Review
23 March 2018

The Calibre Essay Prize, Peter Temple (1946-2018), Porter Prize, 2018 Film survey

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Ann-Marie Priest reviews 'The Best 100 Poems of Gwen Harwood' by Gwen Harwood, edited by John Harwood

Ann-Marie Priest
25 November 2014

In ‘Late Works’, the last poem in Black Inc.’s new selection of Gwen Harwood’s poetry, a dying poet, determined to pen her ‘late great’ poems, calls from her hospital bed for p More

Jon Altman reviews 'A Rightful Place (Quarterly Essay 55)' by Noel Pearson

Jon Altman
29 October 2014

Whether you love or hate lawyer–activist Noel Pearson’s ideas, you have to admire his chutzpah, his willingness to put his ideas out there for public discussion and debate, even if his More

Peter Kenneally reviews 'The Best Australian Poems 2013' edited by Lisa Gorton

Peter Kenneally
17 January 2014

The end of the year tends to bring a small and exquisitely formed avalanche of Australian poetry, including Best Poems from Black Inc., Best Poetry from the University More

Shane Carmody reviews 'The Mad Marathon: The story of the 2013 election' by Mungo MacCallum

Shane Carmody
27 November 2013

Tim Bowden, ABC journalist and historian, hosted a television program called BackChat between 1987 and 1994. Viewers could write in with their comments on Aunty’s offerings. More

Dennis Altman reviews 'Not Dead Yet: Labor’s Post-left Future (Quarterly Essay 49)' by Mark Latham

Dennis Altman
26 April 2013

Mark Latham rose to the leadership of the Labor Party unexpectedly, lost the 2004 federal election, retired to sulk from the sidelines, and has done so ever since. Whether he or Graham Richardson has done more damage to the party that nurtured them is a question I leave to the blogosphere. Before Latham became leader in 2003, he published considerably more abo ... More

Alex O'Brien reviews 'Reframe: How to Solve the World’s Trickiest Problems' by Eric Knight

Alex O'Brien
28 August 2012
Weary of the standard Hollywood pap, Samuel Goldwyn reportedly told his writers, ‘Let’s have some new clichés.’ In Reframe: How to Solve the World’s Trickiest Problems, his first book, Eric Knight sets about recasting corporate culture’s platitude to ‘think outside the box’. ... More

Dennis Altman reviews 'Panic' by David Marr

Dennis Altman
23 January 2012

David Marr is not on the list of Australian living treasures, but perhaps he should be. Among our best journalists, he stands out as someone who has consistently challenged the powerful, a More

Nick Hordern reviews 'The Hall of Uselessness: Collected Essays' by Simon Leys

Nicholas Hordern
21 January 2012

Simon Leys is the pen name of the distinguished academic Pierre Ryckmans, who came to notice, first as a sinologist, then as a critic and author. The essays in this collection, composed ov More

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