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Poe Ballantine, recording angel of the American underbelly

Poe Ballantine, recording angel of the American underbelly

Poe Ballantine is a great blues writer: he can make you laugh while his heart is breaking.

The Voice: best of the Blinds

The Voice: best of the Blinds

"Catfight", tragedy, youthful beauty, scat power. As they say with a wink, Who would you turn for?

Hot Jane Austen in Silicon Valley

Hot Jane Austen in Silicon Valley

Jim Morgan reads 'The Underwriting', a new novel of Silicon Valley and Wall Street, and goes from dismissing it to finding it kind of hot.

A Beach Boy and the Mystery of Art

A Beach Boy and the Mystery of Art

The excellent 'Love and Mercy', not only offers the story of Beach Boy Brian Wilson, it wonders about the mystery of art, and why we need, and do, it.

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The Trumpet of Modernism in the Art of Australia

The Trumpet of Modernism in the Art of Australia

How noisy is a triumph? Does male is Modernism, and does look like the past in the 21st century?

Books: The Bush, shearing and two thrilling thrillers

Books: The Bush, shearing and two thrilling thrillers

The indefatigable reader Jim Morgan on the latest books by Don Watson, Stephen Daisley, Catherine Chanter and Michael Connelly.

The Art of Myuran Sukumaran: dispatches from emotional battle lines

The Art of Myuran Sukumaran: dispatches from emotional battle lines

Thinking about the emotive art of a condemned prisoner while on holiday in Jogjakarta.

David Walsh’s excellent literary adventures

David Walsh’s excellent literary adventures

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

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

For Valentine’s: The Books of Love, and other genres

For Valentine’s: The Books of Love, and other genres

A gift for Valentine's Day: A book of Australian love poetry, or love stories. Or check our shortlists of the best books we read last year.