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, 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".
After analysing the past 49 seasons of MasterChef (fact check this), we have some highly scientific predictions of what to expect tonight.
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.
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?
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.
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.
At the end of the day it's Australian citizens and consumers who pay for Liberal cuts to the ABC.
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.