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Literature on the coast of the Black Sea, a new perspective from Desislava Sheytanova

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A visit to the exhibition Australia leaves Helen Idle questioning notions of time

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Laurie Steed reflects on the Sozopol Fiction Seminar

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Gillian Terzis on the limitations of the ‘great Australian dream’

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Martin Langford on the dangers of limited reading

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Mike Ladd listens to the morning with a new companion.

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Jane Howard explores art in the public space

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Anwen Crawford investigates how changes to welfare affects some of Australia’s most vulnerable

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Maria Kyriacou recalls the pain and uncertainty surrounding her double mastectomy

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The plight of the dingo in a new perspective from Rowena Lennox

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Laura Jean McKay on the side effects of wanderlust

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Suzy Freeman-Greene contemplates the constant need for forecasts

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A history of the semicolon in a new essay from Anna Heyward

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Peter Kirkpatrick explores ties between the Australian bushranger and the American cowboy

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Giles Fielke explores the collision between sound, art and new media

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Stephen Banham shares with us some of the best typographical anecdotes

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Have we lost the war on drugs? Liam Pieper argues that we well and truly have

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Rachel Buchanan on the births and deaths of newpapers in Melbourne

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Fatima Measham on the problems with postcode superiority

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Favel Parrett heads south with a dream of the lost Nella Dan

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Michael Adams reflects on the relationship between hunters and their prey

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An Open Letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Treasurer Joe Hockey and Minister for Arts George Brandis

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Denis Dragovic revisits South Sudan, a country in which he used to provide humanitarian aid

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Paul Genoni and Tanya Dalziell unearth rarely-seen images of Charmian Clift and George Johnston on Hydra

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Joe Dolce on the myopia towards old ‘masters’ Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen

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For GMOs to be widely understood the humanities must be involved, Oliver Mayo observes

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Do you wish you were bilingual? Tara June Winch on the gifts you can give your children

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Ben Stubbs explores both sides of the United States-Mexico border between San Diego and Tijuana

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Martin Langford reviews a selection of contemporary Australian poetry

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Jim Davidson examines the role of biography in capturing the ambience of an age

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Michelle Dicinoski visits Detroit to interview DetroitUrbex, an avid explorer and photographer of the city’s abandoned sites

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Jennifer Mills on quitting poetry

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Bonny Cassidy reflects on a thwarted journey to Antarctica

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Elizabeth Bryer discovers the whale fossils of the fishing village of Lomas

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Rebecca Harkins-Cross explores contemporary video art by Indigenous artists

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Helen O’Neil examines the conception, implementation and results of The National Cultural Policy

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Inspired by a curious discovery, Rebecca Giggs considers all things blue

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Mel Campbell explains how exhibition catalogues are meaningful in their own right

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Robin Gerster on the links between Australia’s and the United States' nuclear histories

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Glyn Davis on the ideal characteristics of an Australian university changing over time

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Suzy Freeman-Greene exposes the Old Melbourne Gaol’s unsettling tourist trade

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Sally McLaren takes us beyond the pop-culture references of the Gangnam District in South Korea.

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Caroline Hamilton ponders the future of publishing

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Ann-Marie Priest tells the story of how the impoverished Christina Stead eventually won the literary lottery

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Waleed Aly on how political life has been taken hostage by our information-drenched ecosystem

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Joe Dolce on seeing through the blind adulation of the old guard musician-poets

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Estelle Tang walks on the not-so-wild side and wonders why we are still attracted to zoos

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Chris Flynn on mysteries lost in translation

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Ben Stubbs visits one of the most notorious borders in the world and reflects on Australia’s frontier issues

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Gideon Haigh on what airline food can teach us about our changing relationships to food and flying

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Ronnie Scott talks Instagram, visual culture and the notorious selfie

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Daniel Golding explores ways music can create spaces and environments

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Nine Australian artists and designers respond to the idea of a new Australian flag.

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Andrew Lemon explores steeplechase and its poetry.

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Martin Langford wonders if poetry will ever sit easily in the broader culture

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Mark McKenna explores history, biography, fiction and wonders how one writes a life

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Timothy Boyle on the gallantry and perverseness of the matador and bullfighting

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Anna Heyward submerges herself in the world of Mary Gilmore

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Nicolas Rothwell traces the interplay between Western thought and Australia’s cultural landscape

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Anne Summers on the expectations and limitations facing women in politics

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The unending battle between superhero and villain: Damon Young on comic book violence

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Daley dives into Canberra’s unsavoury and murky territorial history

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Two architects from CanberraLAB talk about their city’s creative potential

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Journalist Katharine Murphy on living a connected life and learning to switch off

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Christos Tsiolkas talks cinema, sex and politics with Heather Taylor Johnson

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Frank Bowden on the particularities of the Canberra health industry

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Gideon Haigh on Prime Ministers' libraries and political legacy in Australia

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Chris Hammer talks about Canberra’s ‘turf wars’ and the mapping of power

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Suzy Freeman-Greene spends a year mapping her encounters with beggars in Melbourne

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Chad Parkhill on the strange and complex history of your favourite cocktail

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Lyndal Walker on sharing house, keeping house (or not) and women in the wake of 70s feminism

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Sam Twyford-Moore on Twitter as the new novel.

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Anna Heyward discusses what searching through Meanjin’s dusty archives revealed about Australian literature

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Ben Quilty travels to the Queensland rainforest for a sleepover and portraiture session with Germaine Greer

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Damon Young looks at the art critic and his garden

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Christopher Currie considers the year in fiction and highlights some overlooked gems

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Helen Ennis considers the life and work of photographer Olive Cotton, and the strange nature of biography itself

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Chris McAuliffe examines the challenges for Australian artists

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Three Australian writers reflect on the work of artist William Robinson

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Peter Macinnis discusses the birth of the naturalist-artist through the partnership of curiosity and science.

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Federation under fire: Bhakthi Puvanenthiran examines Australia’s divisive nature

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Liam Pieper reflects on the shielding that has led to Australian peoples' perpetual ignorance of our true history

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Dagmar Eichberger looks at the late medieval preoccupation with death in art.

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Rebe Taylor examines the legacy of Truganini, and the enduring shame of a history under fire

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James Bradley on ghost stories and the science of haunting.

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Maria Tumarkin on the power of books to heal trauma and encourage empathy

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Malcolm Turnbull delivers the 2012 George Winterton Lecture and a call for greater honesty and accountability in government

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Ewan Morrison on the pervasiveness of brands and the void they leave when deleted from our lives.

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James Douglas talks research, writing and letting go with The New Yorker’s David Grann

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Max Whitten on an unlikely new Australian entomological discovery.

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Kate Darian-Smith charts the latest steps in the immigration of Australian Literature to Japan.

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Elliot Perlman comes face-to-face with the consequences of our skewed and obsessive attitude to refugees

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Annabel Stafford discusses the point of pointlessness

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Heather Merle Benbow & Lara Anderson on the politics of food consumption.

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Simon Phillips speaks on the value of an education in empathy

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Martin Langford examines the poetry of Robert Gray and his latest work, Cumulus.

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Dinners, gifts, theatre, and feuds: Neil Armfield on the rich and generous life of Patrick White.

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After the death of poets Peter Steele and Rosemary Dobson, Chris Wallace-Crabbe remembers the great work and a long friendship

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Naomi Manuell rethinks her dread of a digitally-enhanced library revolution by recognising its infinite possibilities.

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Chilla Bulbeck looks at the emergence of liberal ‘tolerance of intolerance’ on questions of racism and gender

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A discussion of Frank Moorhouse’s Cold Light and the role of Canberra in Australian fiction

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Alex Mitchell on the corrosive effects of lobbying in Australian politics.

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Gillian Terzis takes a trip to the Pilbara to see what a mining boom looks like up close

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Geoff Raby on the often troubled, ever complex Australia-China relationship

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Rebecca Harkins-Cross on the life and particular gifts of the mighty Joan Didion

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Josiane Behmoiras finds herself in an unexpected concentric set of spiritual rings in India.

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Ella Mudie on Eileen Gray, architecture and solitude.

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Marcus Westbury takes a closer look at the grand narrative of China’s exponential growth

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Raimond Gaita reflects on the changing role of the university

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Alison Ravenscroft on the strange forms Indigenous history has taken in recent Australian fiction

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Sally McLaren looks at the troubled life of the Jaffna Public Library

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Dean Ashenden on Australian Anthropologist W.E.H. Stanner.

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Christopher Hodges on how the Papunya Tula Artists changed the face of Australian art.

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The Book and Its Time by Ivor Indyk

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A case of sex, murder and mesmerism brings the Age of Sensation to Australia.

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As a young journalist in 1989 Sonya Voumard moved to Queensland, and discovered a strange and unfamiliar land

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Gabriella Coslovich finds Catholic influence and Indigenous heritage merge in the art of Balgo

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Rachel Buchanan learns to read the many moods of the road.

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Mark Willacy writes from a Japan still on edge after Fukushima.

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Jane Grant on the life, legacy and influence of Sam Goldberg.

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Helen Camakaris on how our evolutionary instincts are shaping our future on the planet.

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Lili Wilkinson on why teenagers today are the first generation of true readers.

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Richard King on the ever-increasing power of ‘offendedness’ in public debate.

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Tony Birch on the writing of his new novel, Blood.

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Following Bryan Keon-Cohen’s memoir, Nonie Sharp reflects upon the beginnings of the Mabo case.

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Simon Crean talks to Sally Heath about the National Cultural Policy and the state of the Arts in Australia

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Marcia Langton on the history and future of recognising Indigenous Australians in our Constitution.

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A collection of poetry, audio, photography and discussion around the idea of collaboration.

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Laurie Oakes speaks at the launch of Alex Mitchell’s Come the Revolution

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Owen Richardson on Gig Ryan’s New and Selected Poems.

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Mran-Maree Laing stays up one sweltering Sydney night and learns to live with the heat

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Peter Timms on the modern Wunderkammer that is MONA.

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Alexis Wright on the Deep Weather of 2010 and what it can teach about this land.

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Damon Young on the devilish art of biography.

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Michael Giacometti looks at the state of Indigenous publishing.

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Peter Craven talks Foster Wallace, Eugenides and ‘The Marriage Plot’.

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Simone Ubaldi puts her cynicism aside and reflects on the Ten Principles of the Burning Man Festival.

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Sally Heath talks to Robyn Nevin, Pamela Rabe and Aidan Fennessy about the MTC’s 2012 season

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Sam Cooney discusses the many joys of editing young writers.

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Who is that guy in the mirror, wonders Bob Charles

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Richard Flanagan on why true the novelist transcends politics, even their own.

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So close to home: Sophie Cunningham, Delia Falconer, Peter Timms, Kerryn Goldsworthy, Matthew Condon and Paul Daley discuss the process of writing the ‘cities’ series.

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Alex Miller reflects on his new novel, Autumn Laing and the people who inspired it.

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Maria Tumarkin meditates on a case of moral bankruptcy in the academic jungle

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Jeff Sparrow looks at how violence is used to foster public unity in the US.

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After the digital revolution, the passion for music remains, writes Simon Groth

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Ktima Heathcote finds literary culture in Tennant Creek alive and well

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Les Murray reflects on an original and disobedient telling of the national experience.

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Thomas Keneally considers the capaciousness of the garden of our national identity

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Henry Skerritt considers the memory of one man’s achievement.

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Brad Nguyen confronts the terrifying image of his own inevitable death and finds it to be Justin Bieber

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Guy Rundle makes a case for considering pornography on the scale of human sexuality.

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Julieanne Lamond looks at Australian literary values and whether they place women as outsiders.

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Stephanie Honor Convery traces the complexities of Indigenous storytelling.

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Mel Campbell takes the ‘Naipaul test’.

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Mandy Brett reflects on the joys, sorrows and hard slog of being an editor.