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Tim Fischer, maverick and curate’s egg, stared down extremists

Tim Fischer, maverick and curate’s egg, stared down extremists

Tim Fischer was a genuine maverick, with very good and very bad points, but he leaves a legacy of real achievement in public life.

Remembering Les Murray, Australia’s gift to the world

Remembering Les Murray, Australia’s gift to the world

He was a poet who reached across the aeons to Homer, yet he lived in a land which has never willingly taken a single poem to its heart.

Harry Leslie Smith, the voice from the abyss, silenced

Harry Leslie Smith, the voice from the abyss, silenced

Til his last, Harry Leslie Smith was shouting from the abyss, reminding us just how much unnecessary suffering there had been, the filth and the hate of it.

The classical-music-loving Communist who changed Australia

The classical-music-loving Communist who changed Australia

Laurie Carmichael has died, the trade unionist who was for decades driven by one big idea: that Australian labour could not simply bargain for "more" but had to transform the conditions of life and society to create better jobs, better conditions, better lives.

Farewell Neil Simon, and farewell to his certain way of doing comedy

Farewell Neil Simon, and farewell to his certain way of doing comedy

The legendary US playwright and screenwriter behind The Odd Couple has died, aged 91. But what of his legacy?

John McCain was no saint, but nor was he the monster the left believes

John McCain was no saint, but nor was he the monster the left believes

John McCain had the most literal-minded notion of American virtues and loved bombing people as part of it, but the seething hatred of him from parts of the left is tiresome.

The Queen of Soul on the other side of the sky

The Queen of Soul on the other side of the sky

Vale Aretha Franklin, the greatest singer of the 20th century.

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: 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.

The krude yet kreative legacy of Tom Wolfe

The krude yet kreative legacy of Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe will be remembered as one of the pioneers of "New Journalism", but how did this journalism age and where does it stand today?