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Frank Jackson reviews 'The Poor Relation' by Stuart Macintyre

Frank Jackson
23 December 2011

During the lead-up to the last United States presidential election, I found myself waiting for a train at the Princeton railway station with nothing to read. I picked up a copy of the student newspaper. Much of it was standard Bush bashing, intermingled with unrealistic expectations of what Obama might achieve. But one sentence in an editorial caught my eye: ‘It i ... More

George Levine: The Joy of Secularism

Tamas Pataki
24 November 2011

The limits of enchantment

Tamas Pataki

 

The Joy of Secularism: 11 Essays for How We Live Now
edited by George Levine
Princeton University Press (Footprint Books), $46.95 hb, 272 pp, 9780691149103

 

The war of religion currently being fought with fusil ... More

Patricia Sumerling: The Adelaide Park Lands

Bernard Whimpress
25 October 2011

An oft-overlooked treasure

Bernard Whimpress

 

The Adelaide Park Lands: A Social History
by Patricia Sumerling
Wakefield Press, $49.95 hb, 302 pp, 9781862549142

 

Novelist Janette Turner Hospital’s recent essay in praise of New York’s Central Park ... More

Terry Lane reviews 'Liberty: A History of Civil Liberties in Australia' by James Waghorne and Stuart Macintyre

Terry Lane
25 October 2011

In 1988 the Hawke government put a constitutional amendment to a referendum. On the recommendation of the government’s Constitution Commission, we were invited to vote to enshrine guarantees of trial by jury, property rights, and freedom of religion. The proposition was rejected by all states. There is nothing surprising in that. We almost always do vote against c ... More

Rhyll McMaster reviews 'Sydney' by Delia Falconer

Rhyll McMaster
12 October 2011

Delia Falconer’s Sydney, the third in a series from NewSouth in which leading Australian authors write about their hometowns, is like its harbour, brimful with tones, vivid with More

Martha C. Nussbaum: Creating Capabilities

Belinda Probert
23 August 2011

Martha’s vineyard

Belinda Probert

 

Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach
by Martha C. Nussbaum
Harvard University Press (Inbooks), $32.95 hb, 238 pp, 9780674050549

 

Martha Nussbaum has been attracting attention in the Australian pre ... More

Tim Flannery: Here on Earth

Timothy Roberts
04 May 2011

Medean or Gaian impacts

Timothy Roberts

 

 

Here on Earth: An Argument for Hope
by Tim Flannery
Text Publishing, $34.95 pb, 334 pp, 9781921656668

 

Tim Flannery’s books are not known for their uplifting qualities. The Future Eaters < ... More

Karen Laura-Lee Wilson: Gaining a Sense of Self

Rachel Robertson
21 April 2011

Hell and back

Rachel Robertson

 

Gaining a Sense of Self
by Karen Laura-Lee Wilson
Sid Harta Publishers, $24.95 pb, 464 pp, 9781921642920

 

Gaining a Sense of Self is the record of Wilson’s first twenty-five years, a story that obviously too ... More

Warren Bonett (ed.): The Australian Book of Atheism

Timothy Roberts
19 April 2011

On the attack

Timothy Roberts

 

The Australian Book of Atheism
edited by Warren Bonett
Scribe, $35 pb, 442 pp, 9781921640766

 

Once mainly associated with shrill killjoys and desiccated reductionists, atheism has recently received a j ... More

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