Elle Hardy

Riotously unfunny

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Enthusiastically touted as the first Australian sitcom in fifteen years, Channel 9’s highly promoted Here Come the Habibs has a…

The joy of hate-reading

12 December 2015 9:00 am

If there was ever a personification of the faults of online news, it is John Kennedy O’Toole’s vile Ignatius J.…

Lolita turns 60

10 October 2015 9:00 am

‘Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking…

Dying in Turkmenistan (for a fag)

22 August 2015 9:00 am

The last moments of the sun cast a pastel fire across the city of Mary in northern Turkmenistan, and five…

Tajikistan diary

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Talking politics in Central Asia is often unwise, so I try to bring it up casually. ‘Oh you won’t believe…

Don’t poke fun at the terrorists

31 January 2015 9:00 am

On Thursday July 3, 2014, the Jakarta Post, an English-language paper with a circulation of around 40,000, published a cartoon…

Deadly notes

3 January 2015 9:00 am

‘The Aussies work out everythin’ backwards,’ says Wilson the Texan in Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead, and there’s…

King hit by the moral crusaders

13 December 2014 9:00 am

At the Milton Hotel in Newtown in inner-Sydney, near the corner of King Street and Missenden Road, a young man,…

It’s the Stupid, stupid

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Ironic Capitalisation of That Which You Do Not Like is apparently A Thing. You’ll forgive me for employing this Irritating…

Selfies are the new form of radical protest

1 November 2014 9:00 am

‘Perhaps we could have won WWII,’ a friend of mine mused, ‘by having Winston Churchill tweet photos of himself holding…

You can’t judge a book by its author’s genitalia

27 September 2014 9:00 am

Imagine that Kevin Andrews and Gerard Henderson, aggrieved at the lack of representation of Catholic authors on the high school…

Not in Howard’s image

7 June 2014 9:00 am

The morning after the budget, the repudiations predictably arrived. But there is no doubt that one critique hurt Tony Abbott…

The silly culture war on Gen Y

24 May 2014 9:00 am

A scan of recent news would lead one to think that Generation Y invented the closed fist. Add to that…

I love my ABC

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Phillip Adams accompanied me on my travels through Iran. Mark Colvin at times too, but he couldn’t compete with Adams’s…