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Joel Deane

Joel Deane is a speechwriter, novelist and poet. He has worked in newspapers, television, politics, and internet startups in Australia and the United States. His latest novel is Judas Boys (Hunter, 2023).

Joel Deane reviews 'The Art of Great Speeches and Why We Remember Them' by Dennis Glover

March 2011, no. 329 14 April 2011
At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized – at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do – it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. So said President Barack Obama at a m ... (read more)

Joel Deane reviews 'Trivial Pursuit: Leadership and the End of the Reform Era' (Quarterly Essay 40) by George Megalogenis and 'The Party Thieves: The Real Story of the 2010 Election' by Barrie Cassidy

December 2010–January 2011, no. 327 30 November 2010
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 – have the ability to place the reader in the goal ... (read more)
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