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John Clarke, We Need You More Than Ever

John Clarke, We Need You More Than Ever

W H Chong April 11, 2017

Kind, dry and cheerful, John Clarke was a comic genius "interested in everything, but nothing else."

O, bummer (POTUS 2017)

O, bummer (POTUS 2017)

W H Chong January 23, 2017

Rump, rear, arse, behind, butt — America's short-term future is a bummer

Dear Your Eminence Cardinal Pell

Dear Your Eminence Cardinal Pell

W H Chong March 4, 2016 6 Comments

At the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

How to Paint a Novelist: Michelle de Kretser

How to Paint a Novelist: Michelle de Kretser

W H Chong October 20, 2015

A painter's notes on making a portrait. Plus, see the author speak about her writing and her portrait, in front of the picture at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

David Walsh’s excellent literary adventures

David Walsh’s excellent literary adventures

W H Chong March 26, 2015

What does Australia's greatest contemporary artist do next? Make a literary splash, on walls and in print.

I.M. Malcolm Fraser, with drawings

I.M. Malcolm Fraser, with drawings

W H Chong March 20, 2015

He stood out, he stood up. He was a big man of the old school.

To New Yorker with Love (Françoise Mouly and the politics of cover art)

To New Yorker with Love (Françoise Mouly and the politics of cover art)

W H Chong October 16, 2013

Why the covers of the "New Yorker" are brilliant, and Culture Mulcher's attempt at the cover about US government shutdown and the impending debt ceiling default on October 17.

The Pre-Nobel Poet: drawing Les Murray reading

The Pre-Nobel Poet: drawing Les Murray reading

W H Chong July 23, 2013

Les Murray -- Our Greatest Poet and perennial Nobel candidate -- wrote a book called 'Killing the Black Dog' about his debilitating depression, but he was very cheerful in his bookshop appearance, where he gave four poems their world premiere.

The Shame of Scifi and the End of the Culture (Vale, Iain M. Banks)

The Shame of Scifi and the End of the Culture (Vale, Iain M. Banks)

W H Chong June 19, 2013

In which the late, great scifi author gets quoted a lot: "The tricky thing about claiming we’ll ever create a utopian society is that our record up to this point is so lamentable."

Upper Class Horror Entertainment (St Aubyn)

Upper Class Horror Entertainment (St Aubyn)

W H Chong February 27, 2013

Edward St Aubyn, author of the Patrick Melrose novels, speaking at the Wheeler. Drawing: "Teddy," thinking.