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Books May 02, 2015

Bloodhound

Many readers know Ramona Koval as one of Australia’s most respected literary journalists and broadcasters. Few would be aware that for decades she has been tormented to the point of obsession by a secret that her mother took to her grave: was her …

Books April 11, 2015

The Lifted Brow, Issue 25

“Is it too late to spit on Hegel?” From its first sentence, the editorial in the newly revamped journal The Lifted Brow feels a bit like a test: are you cool enough for this party? “We freebleed on Hegel,” it says, assuming …

Books March 28, 2015

The Four Books

During the Great Leap Forward of 1958, the Chinese Communist Party ordered Chinese citizens to throw their pots and pans into furnaces to make the steel that would allow China to quadruple its industrial production. But all they produced was pig iron, …

Books March 14, 2015

One of Us

On July 22 , 2011, at the height of Norwegian summer, a man drove a van with a bomb in it up to a government building in Oslo. He lit the fuse and walked away. The massive blast killed eight people and injured hundreds more. As emergency services scrambled …

Books February 14, 2015

The Utopia Experiment

Had his Utopia Experiment ended differently – that is to say, had it ended well – Dylan Evans might have chosen to begin his story atop the Pyramid of the Magician. It was there in the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal, in 2005, that he had the epiphany …

Books February 07, 2015

Wolf, Wolf

“A man is a strange thing.” So remarks the blind, dying patriarch Benjamin Duiker in a tape recording he makes for his son Mattheus (Mattie) in lieu of the conversations they never seem to be able to have. Benjamin concedes he never “talked much …

Books November 01, 2014

The Yellow Peril

In 1912-13, with the serialised publication of The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu, Arthur Henry Ward, a one-time London bank clerk and music hall lyricist who wrote stories under the pen name Sax Rohmer, breathed life into one of the 20th century’s …