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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

David Rolph reviews The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

David Rolph
22 April 2019

In 1987, Allan Bloom published his best-selling book, The Closing of the American Mind. The American mind must have remained sufficiently open to allow it, three decades hence, to More

Gemma Betros reviews The Existential Englishman: Paris among the artists by Michael Peppiatt

Gemma Betros
22 April 2019

I wanted to like this memoir very much, not least because the inside of the book jacket promises, with some originality, a ‘not-uncritical love letter to Paris’. People (myself included) have a tendency to wax rha More

Ian Tyrrell reviews Secularists, Religion and Government in Nineteenth-Century America by Timothy Verhoeven

Ian Tyrrell
22 April 2019

In an address to the National Prayer Breakfast (8 February 2018), President Donald Trump called the United States a ‘nation of believers’. As evidence, he reminded his audience that th More

Ryan Cropp reviews Practice: Journalism, essays and criticism by Guy Rundle

Ryan Cropp
22 April 2019

Not long into the Obama era, the American comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert hosted a high-profile ‘Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear’ in Washington, DC. In front of an enormo More

James Ley reviews Memories of the Future by Siri Hustvedt

James Ley
21 April 2019

Siri Hustvedt’s latest novel, Memories of the Future, weaves together three distinct threads. The overarching narrative, set in the recent past, unfolds contemporaneously with t More

Paul Giles reviews Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan

Paul Giles
21 April 2019

Ian McEwan’s new novel imagines an alternative history of England in the 1980s, one in which Argentina won the Falklands War and Margaret Thatcher was subsequently trounced at the polls. More

Gillian Appleton reviews The Ripples Before the New Wave: Drama at the University Of Sydney 1957–1963 by Robyn Dalton and Laura Ginters

Gillian Appleton
21 April 2019

People who were university students at a particular time often like to regard those years as exceptional, a perspective which, embellished by nostalgia, memoirs, and media hype, can take o More

Jarrod Hore reviews Kindred: A Cradle Mountain love story by Kate Legge

Jarrod Hore
25 March 2019

Early on in Kindred: A Cradle Mountain love story, the journalist and walker Kate Legge dwells on an ‘extraordinary coincidence’ that took place over Christmas in 1903. While More

Alison Broinowski reviews Japan Story: In Search of a Nation, 1850 to the present by Christopher Harding

Alison Broinowski
25 March 2019

Our tutor in Japanese conversation at the Australian National University in 1968, rather than listen to us mangling his language, used to write the kanji for all the political factions on More

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