Society

Dennis Altman reviews 'Panic' by David Marr

Dennis Altman
Monday, 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, at his best with forensic skill and deep research. Like other journalist–authors such as Anne Summers and George Megalogenis ...

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Three personal studies of the experience of cancer

Felicity Plunkett

 

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Fourth Estate, $35 pb, 571 pp, 9780007367481

 

Tales from the Cancer Ward
by Pa ...

Matt Granfield: HipsterMattic

Alex O'Brien
Friday, 20 January 2012

Infinitely cooler

Alex O’Brien

 

HipsterMattic
by Matt Granfield
Allen & Unwin, $24.99 pb, 320 pp, 9781742377858

 

In the past, a twenty-something could exemplify le dernier cri without having to dispense with his bicycle gears, reflecto ...

Frank Jackson reviews 'The Poor Relation' by Stuart Macintyre

Frank Jackson
Friday, 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 ...

George Levine: The Joy of Secularism

Tamas Pataki
Thursday, 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 ...

Patricia Sumerling: The Adelaide Park Lands

Bernard Whimpress
Tuesday, 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 ...

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 ...

Rhyll McMaster reviews 'Sydney' by Delia Falconer

Rhyll McMaster
Wednesday, 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 contemplation ...

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Martha C. Nussbaum: Creating Capabilities

Belinda Probert
Tuesday, 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 ...

Timothy Roberts reviews 'Here on Earth' by Tim Flannery

Timothy Roberts
Wednesday, 04 May 2011

Tim Flannery’s books are not known for their uplifting qualities. The Future Eaters (1994) and The Eternal Frontier (2001) both relate the rapid extermination of hapless (yet presumably delicious) megafauna by the human inhabitants of the Australian and North American land masses, while The Weather Makers (2005) grimly catalogues modern ...