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

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

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

Sacred Cows: the case against Cloudstreet

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

Clive Hamilton book cover gets its own mini-controversy

Clive Hamilton book cover gets its own mini-controversy

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 <i>Fire and Fury</i>

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

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?

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

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

Reindeer Person

Reindeer Person

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

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

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

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

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

"Writers don’t tend to hang out together. In fact, they repel each other. How can writers sit in a room together?"

Some galah forgot the author's name on this new Penguin book cover

Some galah forgot the author's name on this new Penguin book cover

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

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

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.