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Why are we so afraid of shark attacks?

Why are we so afraid of shark attacks?

A shark attack might be a one in 11.5 million occurrence, but fearing such a thing doesn’t make us irrational, it makes us human.

The tabloid giant trying to kill Ronan Farrow's new Me Too book

The tabloid giant trying to kill Ronan Farrow's new Me Too book

Dylan Howard has threatened defamation action, and Amazon are running scared. It's an interesting move from someone who's made a career trashing other people's reputations.

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.'

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.

Yes, men can write about Me Too. But they must have a point to make.

Yes, men can write about Me Too. But they must have a point to make.

David Leser's new book isn't a trainwreck, but it's not clear what it actually achieves. Who is this dossier of male awfulness for?