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Cheat sheet: infidelity and the online marketplace for affairs

More Australians are cheating on their marriages, with one website making an affair just a click away. So is infidelity old hat? Freelance journalist Anastasia Prikhodko talks to women who cheat.

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MARGOT SAVILLE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Flanagan on war and the ‘poisonous language that seeps into the soul’

One of Australia’s pre-eminent authors spoke movingly at The Lowy Institute about the horrors of war, the power of language and the nature of evil.

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The whopping cost of sleep deprivation

Nearly a third of Australians have trouble sleeping, which costs the economy $5.1 billion annually. Dr Melissa Stoneham explains why it’s such a personal and financial drain.

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Indian hero v Nordic model: chess’ new world (Oz is just a pawn)

All chess-interested eyes are on Norwegian Magnus Carlsen as he fights to become world champion. Australian grandmaster Ian Rogers says but for a twist of fate, it could have been been an Australian challenger.

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IRFAN YUSUF | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Should freedom of speech extend to God? A blasphemous debate

Freedom to lampoon religion and religious figures is still a criminal offence in most states and territories. Should it be? At a debate in Sydney last night, the strong feeling was no.

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GUY RUNDLE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Real ideas, at least from the Left, in pollie-free Q&A

Q&A is always better when they don’t invite the pollies. This week’s edition — with Dan Savage, Hanna Rosin, Peter Hitchens and Germaine Greer — crackled with interesting ideas.

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GUY RUNDLE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Rupert, Clive and Campbell in the Arkansas of the world

There’s Rupert Murdoch, Clive Palmer and Campbell Newman: mildly sinister, certainly absurd. It’s an Australian political implosion, and there may be no turning back.

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GUY RUNDLE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

The Australian‘s anti-Semitism beat-up that wasn’t

According to The Australian, we’re a nation of vicious anti-semites. But the evidence they’re using to base their claim is dodgy, at best.

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HELEN RAZER | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Don’t buy into ‘self-esteem’ feminism

Railing against the patriarchy while spending your pay cheque on lipstick is not feminism. It’s boring. Please, Annabel Crabb, tell us more about central banking.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Comrades, Tim Winton wants this taboo lifted

Popular author Tim Winton reckons the shackles of social class are becoming heavier in Australia — but that no one’s allowed to talk about it. He broke this taboo in Melbourne on Monday in a speech to “comrades”.

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CRIKEY INTERN | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

A day to recognise cats, the net … and psoriasis (Crikey‘s is coming)

How does World Psoriasis Day come about? How about the year of quinoa? Crikey intern Natalie Tencic takes a look at how these days are created. It’s mostly the UN’s fault.

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GUY RUNDLE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

You don’t get Lou Reed

Lou Reed was an outsider, and those who listen to the Velvet Underground on their Bose sound systems on their quarter-acre blocks will never understand.

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Busting brutalist campus architecture myths

University administrators created brutalist spaces to discourage students from gathering and protesting, right? Freelance writer Mel Campbell looks into some myths that have long lived in students’ imaginations.

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Philip Nitschke: where to next for euthanasia advocates

Tasmania’s lower house has defeated a measure that would allow voluntary euthanasia, but Exit International director Dr Philip Nitschke says the very sick are finding their own ways to die, regardless of the law.

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PR machine: when Anwar Ibrahim won over Adelaide

Anwar Ibrahim’s visit to Adelaide last weekend was an expert exercise in campaign politics, and showed that Malaysians in Australia want political debate as much as they want education. Academic Dr Amrita Malhi was there.

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HIV is increasing — but the Grim Reaper ad wouldn’t help

The number of people infected with HIV increased 10% last year, with young people particularly blase about their sexual health. Is the message of safe sex and testing not getting through? Melbourne-based freelance writer Henry Belot reports.

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She said/she said: does feminism need a rebrand?

Is feminism a brand? Is it damaged? Does it need a rejig? Women’s Agenda editor Georgina Dent sparked a debate; marketing guru Jane Caro responds.

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A discordant sound travels from Wagga to world stages

Mat Schulz found a place where experimental music was brought into the fold in the Polish city of Krakow. Sanjay Fernandes catches up with him in Germany.

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Tips and rumours

Kate McClymont runs for Uni Syd Senate … Ann Summers pals up with Qantas … Who is Richard Bolt?

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NYWF series: an interview with Alice Bell

Screenwriter Alice Bell has worked on everything from major TV series to indie music videos. She speaks to Bethanie Blanchard about balance and drive.

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Vale Christopher Koch: 1932-2013

Jim Morgan remembers the lauded Tasmanian author as a friend in the literary world.

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NYWF series: an interview with Adam Liaw

Ahead of his appearances at the National Young Writers’ Festival, Liticism spoke with Adam Liaw about food writing, having a public profile, and the tendency towards cliche in food journalism.

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Henson hysteria in Adelaide merely uninformed panic

In response to tabloid beat-ups and moral panic, photographer Bill Henson has pulled out of the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. InDaily arts editor Suzie Keen says it’s a terrible shame.

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On the ground at Burning Man, a cavalcade of counterculture

Freelance journalist Hari Raj takes in the cavalcade of art, costume, nudity and general weirdness that grows every year in the Nevada dessert.

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Vale Seamus Heaney (1939-2013)

WH Chong examines the great poet’s work in the wake of his death earlier in the month.

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