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The true point of writers festivals

The true point of writers festivals

Are writers festivals still necessary? Crikey readers share some insights.

Attending writers' festivals during the decline of actual books

Attending writers' festivals during the decline of actual books

Publishers are furious that Melbourne Writers Festival isn't about the printed word anymore, but the knowledge class' dirty secret is they would rather sink into Netflix than the printed word anyway.

Sacred Cows: Paul Auster may not like 'New York Trilogy', but you should

Sacred Cows: Paul Auster may not like 'New York Trilogy', but you should

This was a work that busted open the detective genre and signalled a new direction in the evolution of literature. Does it matter what its creator says?

Meaty tales and Labor luminaries as Bob Carr launches bootstraps memoir

Meaty tales and Labor luminaries as Bob Carr launches bootstraps memoir

Carr's 'hymn to public life' was launched among some of the biggest names in Labor of the last half century.

Razer: David Graeber cuts through the bullshit

Razer: David Graeber cuts through the bullshit

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 ...

Rundle: Philip Roth wanders in St. Peter's office ...

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

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

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

Sacred Cows: when your masterpiece is an unreadable mess

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

Clive Hamilton and his (mildly justified) conspiracy theory

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

'#DontBeACunt': Tim Winton targets toxic masculinity

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?