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Harlotry in the collective of collectives

Who controls the mainstream media? Baldwin famously declared that moguls like Lord Rothermere and Lord Beaverbrook did, exercising power without…

21 Apr 2018

Tilting laws to advance the feminist agenda

The icy grip of feminism on our key institutions has been exposed in a series of alarming stories emerging over…

21 Apr 2018

Adventures on Thought Crime Island

Britain has broken out the banhammer and is coming after your favourite comedians. It’s also decided words matter more than…

21 Apr 2018

Trump’s red line

One of the revelations of the 14 April military attack on three government sites in Syria by the United States,…

21 Apr 2018

Manipulating Facebook

Judging by the way Mark Zuckerberg was cross-examined before Congress last week, you’d think Facebook was on the brink of…

21 Apr 2018

Business/Robbery etc

Whacko! American farmers have now joined the Australian economy in being seriously at risk of collateral damage from ‘friendly fire’…

21 Apr 2018

Patchwork power

The Australian summer has passed with only the occasional blackout, although a possibly grim winter, once unseasonably warm weather in…

21 Apr 2018

Those dastardly, discommodious Delcons

Remember back to the time of the coup against Tony Abbott when the great and the good (I speak loosely…

14 Apr 2018

Heather Mitchell

This probably is a bad idea; I mean writing a column about a transgender person. Even Germain Greer got herself…

21 Apr 2018

Installation view Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay

The French are sharing some of their beautiful visual heritage with us right now. At the AGNSW are the wonderful…

14 Apr 2018

Cartier London Halo Tiara 1936

We’ve grown used to fashion and related objects being the subject of exhibitions at our major galleries but a commercially…

7 Apr 2018

Kathryn Stott

It may not be paradise in every respect, but Townsville in mid-winter could be a reasonable approximation. The Australian Festival…

31 Mar 2018

It is a sin to die in the Land of the Depraved

New York Remember when the internet, Twitter, Facebook and other such useless gimmicks were supposed to usher in an era…

21 Apr 2018

Brexit for eight-year-olds

A week ago I plucked my eight-year-old grandson Oscar from the bosom of his rumbustious young family and took him…

21 Apr 2018

Do we really need an app for everything?

‘If this madness goes on, I will not be able to leave my house without downloading the app,’ I told…

21 Apr 2018

I love this Pep-mania, but don’t forget Klopp

Fittingly, it took a dire performance from a dismal and dreary United against the worst team in the Premier League…

21 Apr 2018

Texas: the myriad contradictions of the Lone Star state

The subtitle of Lawrence Wright’s splendid God Save Texas (‘A Journey into the Future of America’) would be alarming if…

21 Apr 2018

Is there no end to books on the ‘end of France’?

Here is a detail that says a lot. In the French translation of this latest book by the Israeli historian…

21 Apr 2018

Did the Grenfell Tower fire put paid to the social housing ideal?

As a schoolboy, I used to go round to my best mate Mike’s home. It was a good place: a…

21 Apr 2018

For the man who has everything, only a space rocket will do

Today’s VHNWI wants a PRSHLS. That’s Very High Net-Worth Individual and Partially Reuseable Super Heavy Lift System. Or, in the…

21 Apr 2018

Guess who’s coming to dinner with Angela Huth?

Anglea Huth, the broadcaster and author of some 18 books, has now written her memoirs, Not the Whole Story. And…

21 Apr 2018

Pathos and humanity in pictures of abject misery

In 1971 the late Linda Nochlin burst onto the public scene with her groundbreaking essay, ‘Why Have There Been No…

21 Apr 2018

What does John Gray’s anti-atheism amount to?

K. Chesterton, in one of his wise and gracious apothegms, once wrote that ‘When Man ceases to worship God he…

21 Apr 2018

Our sheltered lives have made us overly fearful: Aminatta Forna’s Happiness reviewed

In her keynote lecture for a conference on ‘The Muse and the Market’ in 2015 Aminatta Forna mounted a powerful…

21 Apr 2018

There’s much of Astrid Lindgren in the carrot-haired rebel Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking is a nine-year-old girl who lives alone with a monkey and horse in a cottage called Villa Villekulla…

21 Apr 2018

The codes and codswallop surrounding Leonardo da Vinci

‘If you look at walls soiled with a variety of stains or at stones with variegated patterns,’ Leonardo da Vinci…

14 Apr 2018

The changing face of war and heroism

On War and Writing by Samuel Hynes is hardly about war at all. There is little about combat here, or…

14 Apr 2018

Henry Miller — pornographer or prophet?

Few writers seem less deserving of resuscitation than Henry Miller. When the Scottish poet and novelist John Burnside was asked…

14 Apr 2018