In her characteristically direct approach, political analyst Loretta Napoleoni takes on the vexing story and threat of North Korea for those in the West who remain blinded by its myths and bigotry. Like China's Mao Zedong, Kim Il-Sung-North Korea's le... read more

North Korea: The Country We Love to Hate
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Honeybees make decisions collectively - and democratically. Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing and traveling to a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building. In fact, as world-renowned anima... read more

Honeybee Democracy
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The World Wide Web is the most revolutionary innovation of our time. In the last decade, it has utterly transformed our lives. But what real effects is it having on our social world? What does it mean to be a modern family when dinner table conversations take place over smartphones? What happens to pr... read more

Untangling the Web
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Our best friends, gal-pals, bromances, Twitter followers, Facebook friends, long distance buddies and WhatsApp threads define us in ways we rarely openly acknowledge. There is so much about friendship we either don't know or don't articulate: why do some friendships last a ... read more

The Friendship Cure
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Reading Level:very good

Countries don't get lucky; people do. The secret of Australia's good fortune is not found in its geography or history. The key to its success is the Australian character, the nation's greatest renewable resource. Liberated from the constraints of the old world, Australia's pioneers mined their reserve... read more

The Lucky Culture and the Rise of an Australian Ruling Class
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In the summer of 2009, Alain de Botton will be invited by the owners of Heathrow airport to become their first ever Writer in Residence. He will be installed in the middle of Terminal 5 on a raised platform with a laptop connected to screens, enabling passengers to see what he is writing and to come a... read more

A Week At The Airport : A Heathrow Diary
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"What is going on in the often troubled town of Alice Springs? On the streets of Alice Springs, in town camps, drinking camps and out on the highway, in gatherings awash with alcohol, men kill one another in seemingly senseless acts of aggression and reven... read more

Trouble On Trial in Central Australia
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The industrial revolution, powered by oil and other fossil fuels, is spiraling into a dangerous endgame: the prices of energy and food are climbing, unemployment remains high, the housing mark... read more

The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World
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When Holden signalled that it would close its Adelaide factory, it struck at the very heart of Australian identity. Holden is our car made on our shores. It's the choice of patriotic rev heads and suburban drivers alike. How could a car that was s... read more

Death of Holden: The End of an Australian Dream
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Most Australians despise what Pauline Hanson stands for, yet politics in this country is now orbiting around One Nation.
In this timely Quarterly Essay, David Marr looks at Australia's politics of fear, resentment and... read more

Quarterly Essay 65: The White Queen,  One Nation and the Politics of Race
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Since the 1980s, waves of neoliberal 'economic reform' have transformed Australia. Privatisation, deregulation, marketisation and the contracting out of government services: for three decades now, there has been widespread agreement... read more

Wrong Way: How Privatisation and Economic Reform Backfired
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Series:Literary Studies

"These are intimate, stylish essays. This collection showcases Barry Hill's remarkable intellectual curiosity and erudition. From questions of belonging and attachment, to global challenges of survival, belief and knowledge... read more

Reason and Lovelessness: Essays, Reviews, Encounters - Barry Hill 1985-2015
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