Michael Scammell

‘Strong Female Lead’ is weak on the truth

25 September 2021 9:00 am

A documentary about Julia Gillard peddles fake news

Ben Eltham vs Craig Kelly: it’s never ok to dox

1 September 2021 2:48 pm

Yesterday on Twitter, Guardian Australian Arts writer Ben Eltham, possibly bored from writing about culture in a country that doesn’t…

Why I write or Hemingway’s chicken suit

29 August 2021 12:00 pm

Flat White lore is rich with stories of those who didn’t quite make it and those who did make it but we really wish hadn’t, and those who may make…

The Taliban take over The Age Green Guide

23 August 2021 4:00 pm

At a time when the world is going to hell and some perspective is desperately needed, thank God for the…

Aussie Life

7 August 2021 9:00 am

The voiceover says new ABC series Ms Represented is all about Australian women in politics but really it’s all about…

Good Jon bad

29 June 2021 3:10 pm

Here’s an old writers trick that doesn’t involve moving to Tunisia and becoming a dope fiend. If you don’t want to say…

Dan is back

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Melburnians are on the verge of nervous breakdown

The great G7 jacket wars

13 June 2021 4:41 pm

It’s the G7 and as world leaders gather here’s the big question: who wore it better – Dr Jill and the psychobabble elder-care…

My daddy issues

6 June 2021 12:49 pm

Prince Harry wants to talk about his childhood and work out whom to blame. So do I. I grew-up in Mount Waverley and they really were…

Our Aussie contenders for the 2022 Oscars in full

30 April 2021 2:48 pm

It’s Academy Award time and the votes are in for best female black actor in a male Latino role.   Meanwhile…

Magda versus the Morrisons – and more

15 April 2021 7:35 pm

On A Current Affair Magda Szubanski said it was ok for her to criticize Jenny Morrison because of the growing…

Aussie Life

27 March 2021 9:00 am

I’m back from Sydney and just coming out of my drunken stupor – a 12-hour bender at a resuscitated Qantas…

Writers block

6 March 2021 4:02 pm

Was it Snoopy who said Being-A-Writer means never having to complete your novel? I’ve been thinking a lot about being…

Why everything ScoMo does is wrong in the left’s weird world

24 February 2021 4:00 am

The political and cultural Left claim that when it comes to the big issues they are not-playing-politics. They say it all the time. But they are currently…

So what can we say about the Podium Poet?

22 January 2021 4:47 pm

So let’s talk about the poetry thing and the poet who read poetry at the inauguration. America’s National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman who recited the…

Not the death of democracy – not even close

9 January 2021 5:59 pm

Contrary to the aphorism and what you’re seeing in America, things don’t fall apart, the centre nearly always holds.   Despite what you read democracy…

Dr Jill and the importance of being qualified

16 December 2020 3:41 pm

Dr Jill wants to be Dr Phil, that is the question: whether you are a wanker for calling yourself a Doctor when you’re…

The strange sexism of Anita Recount

12 November 2020 6:44 pm

Forget bonk ban. The real sex hang-ups — or more accurately — sexuality hang-ups seem to be from progressive types…

Death of a feminist

10 October 2020 4:00 pm

I have written before about Hot for Teacher.  The Van Halen guitar rock megahit was a touchstone for cultural norms…

I don’t like Donald Trump, but don’t hate him enough to be fashionable

20 September 2020 4:00 pm

Just for the record because everything is on the record: I doubt I could ever vote for Donald Trump.   My…

Biden-Harris, Harris-Biden: the epitome of post-truth politics

13 September 2020 1:00 pm

The endgame isn’t Donald Trump. With the Democratic Convention coronation complete and campaigning underway, It’s Biden-Harris; America’s Seinfeld ticket, a…

Trump’s RNC speech: the great middle America gamble

29 August 2020 2:02 pm

The Orange Man is cheating.  He’s Teleprompter Trump but we want Rally Trump crazy that will play badly on middle…

joe biden

The granddad speech

22 August 2020 1:39 pm

CNN is saying the Biden speech proves he isn’t an old man, even though anyone with elderly parents would recognize…

Bleak thoughts from Bleak City

12 August 2020 5:34 pm

I was with the best minds of my generation – chartered accountants, real estate agents, Instagram influencers living off the…

Australia’s problematic arts culture

14 July 2020 7:12 pm

The ideological closed shop that is Australia’s creative classes isn’t really a secret even if the artists themselves insist on…