May, 2018

Razer: David Graeber cuts through the bullshit

, May 24, 2018

Next to academic David Graeber, Jordan Peterson is a xerox of Malcolm Gladwell’s rejected TED talk notes on the topic of “Chicks: they’re just like that”

Rundle: Philip Roth wanders in St. Peter’s office …

, May 24, 2018

The "last American vitalist" pays a visit to the pearly gates to explain what all the obituaries are getting wrong about him.

Inside the bizarre, tuna patty-filled launch of Mark Latham’s new cookbook

, Apr 19, 2018

Alan Jones and Mark Latham launched their new book yesterday at an Indian restaurant to the confusion of diners, everyone else.

Sacred Cows: when your masterpiece is an unreadable mess

, Apr 17, 2018

William Faulkner's The Sound and The Fury was originally published to little fanfare. There was a reason for that.

Clive Hamilton and his (mildly justified) conspiracy theory

, Apr 04, 2018

Clive Hamilton's book on Chinese influence works best when it dissects the activities of Australia's clutch of China apologists. But he struggles to show how any Beijing influence has ever been effectively used.

‘#DontBeACunt’: Tim Winton targets toxic masculinity

, Mar 27, 2018

Tim Winton's latest promo tour comes with a sermon about Australian men. The novelist will definitely sell books, but will he have a role to play in cultural change, too?

Sacred Cows: the underrated dark wit of Flannery O’Connor

, Mar 23, 2018

Has O'Connor's debut novel been historically overlooked in favour of the Southern Gothics of McCarthy, Capote and Faulkner?

Sacred Cows: the case against Cloudstreet

, Mar 05, 2018

Is Tim Winton's blockbuster novel really as good as Australian culture collectively remembers?

Clive Hamilton book cover gets its own mini-controversy

, Mar 01, 2018

The cover of last week's Saturday Age Insight section took more than a little inspiration from a book designer's work, the paper has admitted.

Why truth has nothing to do with the WikiLeaks upload of Fire and Fury

, Jan 15, 2018

WikiLeaks' mission of speaking truth to power seems to have turned into something much more petty and vindictive.

Fire and Furphy: just how credible are Michael Wolff’s claims about Trump?

, Jan 08, 2018

Is there room within Michael Wolff's "exceptional storytelling" for, ya know, actual journalism?

Reindeer Person

, Dec 20, 2017

Remember Cat Person? This is like that, but for Christmas.

How it feels to be caricatured in Richard Flanagan’s new novel

and , Dec 08, 2017

Publisher Sandy Grant was caught a bit off guard when he found himself fictionalised in Flanagan’s new book, First Person.

Helen Garner reflects on the essential contradiction of being a professional writer

, Dec 05, 2017

"Writers don’t tend to hang out together. In fact, they repel each other. How can writers sit in a room together?"
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Some galah forgot the author’s name on this new Penguin book cover

, Nov 30, 2017

It's not every day that an innocuous political biography will endeavor to keep its author anonymous, even if it is just by accident.

Titus O’Reily presents A Thoroughly Unhelpful History of Australian Sport

, Oct 25, 2017

Ahead of the spring racing carnival Titus O'Reily, Australia's least insightful sports writer, looks back on some of horseracing's most elaborate and/or idiotic scams.

Razer: the three kinds of therapy we self-apply to make sense of this world

, Oct 12, 2017

The first two are essentially quick-fix drugs or peppy self-help. Only the third has the power to heal and instruct over the long term.

Political dark horse David Leyonhjelm launches his book for freedom-lovers

, Oct 11, 2017

David Leyonhjelm may have accidentally been elected, but that doesn't mean he can't use his platform to talk about cats (and other notes from the launch of Freedom's Salesman)

Bonsai of the Vanities: sitting in stunned silence at Mark Latham’s book launch

, Oct 05, 2017

It was a great audience: fewer than 100 people sandwiched into a small room at Sydney’s Intercontinental Hotel, overwhelmingly middle-aged, male and white.

Razer: Clinton’s book proves she is a compassionate, deeply delusional person

, Sep 14, 2017

Hillary Clinton is loving and honest. But she is also a profoundly shortsighted elitist living in a fantasy world.