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There's something deeply wrong with Australian discourse

There's something deeply wrong with Australian discourse

We now have a media and political culture in which the pressure is to be ever more extreme — which is why racism is now becoming part of "civilised discourse".

Richard Flanagan longs for an intellectual past that is purely fictional

Richard Flanagan longs for an intellectual past that is purely fictional

Richard Flanagan, attempting to work out the "dumbing down" of Australian writers festivals, comes up with "Free Speech Is Essential and We Are Frightened of New Ideas".

Predictions for tonight's (and every year's) MasterChef finale

Predictions for tonight's (and every year's) MasterChef finale

After analysing the past 49 seasons of MasterChef (fact check this), we have some highly scientific predictions of what to expect tonight.

On millennial feminism and blindly loving Ruth Bader Ginsburg

On millennial feminism and blindly loving Ruth Bader Ginsburg

A recent surge of love for the US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg can only be useful as a mask to our own inertia.

Australian literary festivals and the optics of outrage

Australian literary festivals and the optics of outrage

A writers or "ideas" festival isn't complete without at least one incongruous and controversial addition. But who benefits from this, and is this cycle of outrage sustainable?

The kind and curious legacy of Jonathan Gold

The kind and curious legacy of Jonathan Gold

Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic, Jonathan Gold, is being remembered as the heartbeat of Los Angeles. That's true, but his iconic work influenced a new wave of eaters, thinkers and writers all around the world.

Rundle: remembering the proto-hippies of Nat King Cole's 'Nature Boy'

Rundle: remembering the proto-hippies of Nat King Cole's 'Nature Boy'

Seventy years on, the reason for Nature Boy's popularity is no mystery. But the story of its origin, inspired by early hippy movements, is a little stranger.

Australian consumers need shows like The Checkout

Australian consumers need shows like The Checkout

At the end of the day it's Australian citizens and consumers who pay for Liberal cuts to the ABC.

Ethics, economics and the errors of Hollywood

Ethics, economics and the errors of Hollywood

The latest Scarlett Johansson controversy is a perfect snapshot of modern Hollywood: it doesn’t operate like a public broadcaster, and will only ever do the "right" thing where it affects the bottom line.

Rundle: four perfect minutes of pop music

Rundle: four perfect minutes of pop music

The '70s produced numerous masterpieces, but perhaps none as singular or confounding as 'Isn't it Time'.