Letters to the Editor

AN HONEST, FIERCE RESPONSE

Dear Editor,

In his review of John Kinsella’s new book of poe ...

Captain’s choice

Dear Editor,

What a hotchpotch event (‘Vipers and Whistleblowers’, January–February 2015). How can the Prime Minister’s Literary Awar ...

Radiant Young Leaders

Dear Editor,

Are Richard Broinowski (and family) seeking to don the mantle of apologists for the rulers of North Korea (review of Paul French ...

‘Pure, incidental song’

Dear Editor,

Your readers cannot have failed to detect the unsympathetic undertone running through Susan Sheridan’s politely disengaged account of my edition of Lesbia Harford’s poetry (

Intimate times

Dear Editor,

Tim Byrne, in his review of Meredith Burgmann’s Dirty Secrets: Our ASIO Files badly misread my complaints about my records. He writes that my [and Gary Foley’s] ‘movements were intimately tracked’. The whole ...

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Dear Editor,

I was very disappointed that the review ‘Putin and the Kleptocrats’ gave such a misleading impression of Mikhail Khodorkovsky (August 2014). Nick Hordern seemed to have no idea of Khodorkovsky’s ...

Just war theory

Dear Editor,

Andrew Alexandra is not persuaded by my defence of war (June–July 2014). I am not persuaded by his attack on it.

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Small talk

Dear Editor,

Your reviewer, Colin Steele, was too kind in his appraisal of Professor Helen Small’s disturbingly inadequate attempt to make a case for the humanities in her book The Value of the Humanities (May 2014 ...

A banality of bones

Dear Editor,

Having stood in line for nearly two hours to visit the catacombs in Paris recently, I appreciate the pent-up anticipation Christine Piper felt on her visit to Tokyo, which she describes in her Calibre Prize-winning essay, ‘Unearthing ...

Electricity

Dear Editor,

Brian McFarlane’s review of Michael Blakemore’s memoir of his years at the National Theatre (February 2014) reminded me of my own experience of Laurence Olivier’s performance in Long Day’s Journey into Night ...