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Nicole Abadee reviews Frankissstein: A love story by Jeanette Winterson

Nicole Abadee
03 June 2019

What distinguishes man from machines? What is artificial life, death, progress? These are just some of the questions Jeanette Winterson explores in her brilliant new novel, Frankissste More

Desley Deacon reviews Seven Big Australians: Adventures with comic actors by Anne Pender

Desley Deacon
23 May 2019

Nowadays every second young person seems to want to be a stand-up comic, an occupation that perfectly represents the ‘gig’ economy in its precariousness and occasional nature. Anne Pen More

Christopher Allen reviews Heaven on Earth: Painting and the life to come by T.J. Clark

Christopher Allen
23 May 2019

Giotto’s frescoes invite us to ponder the nature of what we instinctively, conveniently, but not very satisfactorily call realism. Compared to the work of his predecessors, these images More

Jacqueline Kent reviews Faber & Faber: The untold history of a great publishing house by Toby Faber

Jacqueline Kent
23 May 2019

The ‘untold history’ of Faber & Faber should be a cause for celebration. For so many of us, possessing the unadorned, severe paperbacks with the lower-case ‘ff’ on the spine me More

Michael Sexton reviews Robert Menzies: The art of politics by Troy Bramston

Michael Sexton
23 May 2019
There have been at least half a dozen previous biographies of Robert Menzies, but Troy Bramston’s new life of Australia’s longest-serving prime minister is arguably the most attractive co More

‘A mutinous and ferocious grace: Nick Cave and trauma’s aftermath' by Felicity Plunkett

Felicity Plunkett
23 May 2019

It begins with a projected haze of ocean horizon. In this blurry liminal space, silence is misted with anticipation, like the moment before an echo comes back empty, right across the s More

Zora Simic #MeToo: Stories from the Australian movement edited by Natalie Kon-yu et al.

Zora Simic
23 May 2019

How do we get the measure of the phenomenon that is #MeToo? Both deeply personal and profoundly structural, #MeToo has been described as a movement, a moment, and a reckoning. Some critics More

Alison Broinowski reviews Typhoon Kingdom by Matthew Hooton

Alison Broinowski
23 May 2019
In the May 2019 issue of Quadrant, its literary editor, Barry Spurr, inveighed against the ‘inane expansion of creative writing courses’. Professor Spurr’s scholarly accomplish More

Alex Tighe reviews Stop Being Reasonable by Eleanor Gordon-Smith

Alex Tighe
23 May 2019

If you’ve somehow avoided listening to podcasts, you will have missed out on the recent explosion of long-form audio storytelling – and I mean it, you’ve really missed out. More

Darius Sepehri reviews The Shahnameh: The Persian epic as world literature by Hamid Dabashi

Darius Sepehri
22 April 2019

Not many peoples are able to read poems in their language written one thousand years ago, as Persian speakers in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan do today with Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh< More

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