Venice, washed by many pasts

Duplicitous, pure, dream-like, artificial, psychopathic, unpredictable? Beneath the overheated commentary about Venice, there’s a real city, writes R.J.B. Bosworth

27 Aug 14 | Comments (0)

Character studies

Susan Lever welcomes Helen Garner’s perceptive account of the courtroom dramas unleashed one Father’s Day near Geelong

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Uncivil aviation: Biggles down under

W.E. Johns’s failure to adapt to the postwar era left Biggles a shadow of his wartime self, writes Adam Nicol

15 Aug 14 | Comments (4)

After the fall

James Boyce shows how Christianity’s “original sin” helps us understand Western culture in the twenty-first century, writes Janna Thompson

12 Aug 14 | Comments (0)

Whom the gods wish to destroy…

Ben Hills offers a distinctive take on what went wrong for Fairfax, writes Ken Haley

07 Aug 14 | Comments (0)

Alzheimer unease

Why do so many dementia researchers hold to a single theory so fervently? An unsettling new book throws light on entrenched beliefs, writes David Le Couteur

28 Jul 14 | Comments (5)

Almost migrants

New visa arrangements make it possible for international students to study and work in Australia for many years without necessarily being on a path to permanent residency, writes Peter Mares

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China wakes, Asia quakes, Australia shivers

A contest is under way, writes Graeme Dobell, but it will be more like a nineteenth-century battle than a twentieth-century clash

25 Jul 14 | Comments (0)