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Why are Australian writers going home empty-handed?

Why are Australian writers going home empty-handed?

Another local literary prize has refused to award a winner. This can have a crushing effect on a tough winner-takes-all economy.

The Nobel Prize lands itself with another scandal

The Nobel Prize lands itself with another scandal

Awarding the prize to Peter Handke is a stunningly short-sighted call for a body trying to rebound from last year’s scandal.

Passion and principle: Penny Wong is far from done

Passion and principle: Penny Wong is far from done

Margaret Simons' biography reveals a politician who is determined to beat the bullies, the racists and the homophobes by being the smartest and toughest person in the room.

Among the women of ISIS

Among the women of ISIS

'The guest house was something between a hostel and a reality TV show, the days bleeding into one another in a tedium of sameness.'

Mother's muse: looking back on a photograph that shocked Australia

Mother's muse: looking back on a photograph that shocked Australia

Aged 11, Olympia Nelson found herself at the centre of a media storm, after a nude photograph, taken by her late mother, Polixeni Papaetrou, landed on the cover of Art Monthly. Now, she's back in Melbourne for a new exhibition of her mum's work.

Vale Ric Ocasek and the pure gen X joy of The Cars

Vale Ric Ocasek and the pure gen X joy of The Cars

If there was any band that announced that rock music had shifted in the second half of the '70s, it was The Cars.

It's time to revisit Pine Gap

It's time to revisit Pine Gap

A new book by national security journalist Brian Toohey reminds us that while the secretive Pine Gap is on Australian soil, it's the US calling the shots — and ministers are expected to fall in line.

Did Miranda Devine lose the 'war on drugs'?

Did Miranda Devine lose the 'war on drugs'?

Devine has been one of Australia’s most vociferous opponents of drug reform for decades. In his new book, Antony Loewenstein checks in: is the fight over?

How the idea of the 'white damsel' has been used to sell racism

How the idea of the 'white damsel' has been used to sell racism

White society hinged on the myth of 'protecting' white women from rape but, in reality, what they were really 'protected' from was their own liberation and any capacity to form meaningful relationships with people of colour.

How high can the body count go in Australian arts?

How high can the body count go in Australian arts?

The arts sector is in the middle of a brutal tournament for small-to-medium funding. Under this government, there's no end in sight.