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Aussie Mussies

There have been few developments to better illustrate the collective delusions of the progressive media and the Islamic community than…

1 Oct 2016

Baiting greyhound owners

Greyhound racing is to be outlawed in NSW from July 1, purportedly based on the findings of the McHugh report,…

1 Oct 2016

Technical nightmare

Surely Malcolm Williamson represented the ultimate process of career self-destruction possible in a culture which had never experienced suicide-bombers. When…

1 Oct 2016

Them’s fighting words

First speeches are one of the few times Parliamentarians can present their motivations to the Chamber. After a precarious election…

1 Oct 2016

All sizzle, no sausage

During a recent policy debate concerning the proposal to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution, a…

1 Oct 2016

The Empire fries back

Memo to self: If I ever decide to flirt with the shoals of bankruptcy and follow friends’ calls to ‘open…

1 Oct 2016

Throwing a tanderrum

Connoisseurs of our sunburnt country’s timeless heritage have a treat in store next month. An indigenous tanderrum, or ceremonial mass…

24 Sep 2016

Business/Robbery etc

It’s just the calm before the storm. Despite the apparent parliamentary resolution of the government’s superannuation fracas, the battle is…

24 Sep 2016

Kevin Jackson as Nijinsky

In 1981, at the Sydney Theatre Company, we presented a stylish production of Chinchilla, a play by Robert David MacDonald…

1 Oct 2016

Ladies in Black

David Jones administration may be moving to Melbourne but that won’t worry Sydney: it knows where DJ’s really belongs. Reading…

24 Sep 2016

Paul Dyer & ABO section leaders

Announcements of 2017 seasons are coming thick and fast. The Sydney Theatre Company, having lost an artistic director on the…

17 Sep 2016

Pirramimma, Wentworth Falls

Gardens are one of the indicators of civilisation. It is said that the first references to gardens occurred about 4,000…

10 Sep 2016

Cocktails, castles and cadging

Here is a veritable feast for fans of Paddy Leigh Fermor. This is the story of a well-lived life through…

1 Oct 2016

The art of listening

Rachel Cusk is a writer who provokes strong reactions in her readers, and her critical reputation has swung wildly in…

1 Oct 2016

All work, many plays

‘Krapping away here to no little avail,’ writes Beckett to the actor Patrick Magee in September 1969. To ‘no little…

1 Oct 2016

Knight’s tale

In The Cousins’ War (1999), the Republican political strategist Kevin Phillips argued that three ‘civil wars’ had defined politics in…

1 Oct 2016

Frankly impenetrable

One day in April 1969 Theodor Adorno began teaching a new course entitled ‘An Introduction to Dialectical Thinking’. Feel free,…

1 Oct 2016

Recent crime fiction

There are two people in a prison cell: Frank and Hal. One of them is a member of a spy…

1 Oct 2016

The fallen Angel

Ashraf Marwan was an Egyptian-born businessman, a son-in-law to Nasser and a political high-flyer in the administration of Sadat, who…

1 Oct 2016

Untold tales of Tibet

On the night of 17 March 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama, aged 23, slipped out of the Norbulinka, his summer…

1 Oct 2016

Body and soul

Emma Donoghue’s novel Room was short-listed for the 2010 Man Booker prize and made into a film in 2015. Inspired…

1 Oct 2016

The curse of Mr Kurtz

Marie Darrieussecq shot to literary fame in France when her bestselling debut, Pig Tales (1996), was a finalist for the…

1 Oct 2016

The quiet patriot

History teaches no lessons but we insist on trying to learn from it. There is no political party more sentimental…

24 Sep 2016

Thinking of Israel

‘Here is a story from the winter days of the end of 1959 and the beginning of 1960,’ announces the…

24 Sep 2016