Essays and Commentary

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews three books on Charmaine Clift

Kerryn Goldsworthy
14 August 2019

‘AT NIGHT,’ wrote Charmian Clift one summer in the late 1950s on the Greek island of Hydra where she lived with her husband and More

Dan Dixon reviews Trick Mirror: Reflections on self-delusion by Jia Tolentino

Dan Dixon
23 July 2019

Writers describing the contemporary moment abound. Many do it well, but few do it as shrewdly as Jia Tolentino. With Trick Mirror: Reflections on self-delusion, Tolentino has prod More

David Haworth reviews Growing Up Aboriginal In Australia edited by Anita Heiss

David Haworth
22 July 2019

The late historian Patrick Wolfe did not pull any punches when he wrote that colonialism seeks to eliminate and replace the Indigenous cultures holding sovereignty over the lands and resou More

2019 Calibre Essay Prize (Winner): 'Nah Doongh’s Song' by Grace Karskens

Grace Karskens
22 July 2019

Nah Doongh was among the first generation of Aboriginal children who grew up in a conquered land. She was born around 1800 in the Country near present-day Kingswood, just south-east of More

'So much at stake: Forging a treaty with authority and respect' by Sarah Maddison and Dale Wandin

Sarah Maddison and Dale Wandin
22 July 2019

Australia remains alone among the settler colonies for its lack of treaties with First Nations. This is despite the fact that Abori More

'Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath: A Bystander’s Recollections' by Peter Porter

Peter Porter
11 July 2019

I should make it clear at the start of these discursive memories that I knew Ted Hughes only slightly and Sylvia Plath hardly at al More

Evelyn Juers reviews 'Stranger Shores: Essays 1986–1999' by J.M. Coetzee

Evelyn Juers
10 July 2019

J.M. Coetzee’s Stranger Shores 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

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

Felicity Plunkett
01 July 2009

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

2019 Calibre Essay Prize (runner-up): 'Floundering' by Sarah Walker

Sarah Walker
23 May 2019

I swim at night, carving through water full of chlorine and tasting of mould, turning lap after lap before the pool closes down, while cells inside me hurry into being like bubbles under a More

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