Kind, dry and cheerful, John Clarke was a comic genius "interested in everything, but nothing else."
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.
What does Australia's greatest contemporary artist do next? Make a literary splash, on walls and in print.
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.
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.
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."