Commentary

Strange Times for Artistic Practice

Peter Tregear
03 August 2018

We live in strange days. Matters once unlikely to raise a flicker of public criticism can now quickly became raging bushfires of self-righteous anger. Such is the accelerant power of social media. Our public discourse is, however, rarely the better for it. Subtlety and nuance are all too frequently sacrificed on the altar of a supposed moral clarity that, among othe ... More

An Open Letter on the ABC

The Editors
20 July 2018
ABR shares many Australians’ concerns about the health and viability of the ABC. The threats are myriad and sustained. Funding cuts, political interference, and frequent taunts from News Corp have weakened the More

'The drama of it: Television comedy's new aesthetic' by James McNamara

James McNamara
25 May 2018

Since I wrote about the golden age of television for ABR’s first film and television issue in 2015, the medium has evolved. Streaming has roared to prominence, with online servi More

'Witch-hunt or a great awakening?: Tensions surrounding the #MeToo movement' by Felicity Chaplin

Felicity Chaplin
25 May 2018

Earlier this year, following the infamous Barnaby Joyce affair, Malcolm Turnbull called for a rethink of the parliamentary code of conduct to ensure this ‘shocking error of judgement’ More

'The Brodie set" Muriel Spark’s "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"' by Sally Grant

Sally Grant
25 May 2018

I don’t remember how old I was when I first saw the film version of . As a young girl growing up in north-east Scotland, I didn’t know that it had been adapted from a 1961 no More

Editorial on ABR's 400th issue by Peter Rose

Peter Rose
23 March 2018

A cynic once remarked that an editor needs two things: good grammar and a long memory. But we all know there’s a bit more to it than that. As we prepare to send the April issue to press More

'Odysseus and me' by Andrea Goldsmith

Andrea Goldsmith
23 March 2018

I have always believed that, at a personal level, anything is possible, that if I desire to be a particular someone or do a particular something, I can. All my desires have been realistic: More

'Defying the moment' by Beejay Silcox

Beejay Silcox
22 March 2018

Moments began as medieval measures, the time it took for a sundial’s blade of shadow to shift – ninety seconds or so, depending on the season. A slice of sunlight. A moment now carries More

'When sport and politics collide' by Kieran Pender

Kieran Pender
16 November 2017

Politicians in ancient Greece were well acquainted with the alluring intersection between sport and politics. Alcibiades, an ambitious aristocrat, entered seven chariots in the 416 More

'Victory for Equality' by Peter Rose

Peter Rose
14 November 2017

Australian Book Review – like millions of Australians and thousands of organisations – is a strong supporter of same-sex marriage. We welcome the endorsement of marriage equal More

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