Poe Ballantine is a great blues writer: he can make you laugh while his heart is breaking.
"Catfight", tragedy, youthful beauty, scat power. As they say with a wink, Who would you turn for?
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.
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.
The Crikey culture blog
How noisy is a triumph? Does male is Modernism, and does look like the past in the 21st century?
The indefatigable reader Jim Morgan on the latest books by Don Watson, Stephen Daisley, Catherine Chanter and Michael Connelly.
Thinking about the emotive art of a condemned prisoner while on holiday in Jogjakarta.
What does Australia's greatest contemporary artist do next? Make a literary splash, on walls and in print.
He stood out, he stood up. He was a big man of the old school.
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.