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Is Bob Dylan a poet in the great tradition of Sappho? In the days of Sappho, John William Godward

Explainer: are Bob Dylan’s songs ‘Literature’?

Ancient poems were accompanied by a musical instrument called the lyre – from which we get the word 'lyric'. 'Literature' and 'poetry' are categories of our own making - so moving beyond them in a major award seems long overdue.
Thomas Frank: wit and author of Listen Liberal. Vimeo

After Trump 2016, will liberals listen?

Trump's noxiousness aside, it remains the economy, and the Democrats' abandonment of their traditional base that explains Trump's ascent, according to American commentator Thomas Frank.
Maggie Naouri as Anu Singh, behind Jerome Meyer as Joe Cinque. Singh famously killed Cinque in 1997 by injecting him with a fatal dose of heroin. Supplied

Joe Cinque’s Consolation: violence, delusion and the question of guilt

In 1997, Joe Cinque was killed by his girlfriend Anu Singh. A new film about his death is riveting Australian cinema, with a heightened sense of tension and implicit violence throughout.
The research found the more confident a participant was, the worse they understood the phone contracts they were given. Dave Hunt/AAP

Consumers don’t understand smartphone contracts

Consumers don't understand the contracts they are signing when they buy smartphones, new research shows.
Raise your voice … a protester from the women’s rights group Femen protests in the Ukraine. Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Friday essay: talking, writing and fighting like girls

Clementine Ford's Fight Like a Girl is the latest in a new wave of feminist memoirs. These frank, fearless books reveal the hostility and deep discomfort women’s ever-strengthening public voice has provoked.
Rouhani is caught between disappointed reformists and restless conservatives. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

In Iran, where have all the promises of moderation gone?

Once seen as a diplomatic victory, the nuclear deal of 2015 is now perceived as a failure by conservatives who reject President Rouhani's message of moderation as economic recovery remains elusive.
Feral cats are a major driver of global biodiversity loss, contributing to 26% of bird, mammal and reptile extinctions. T Doherty

Invasive predators are eating the world’s animals to extinction – and the worst is close to home

Cats, rats, foxes and other mammal predators have been implicated in 60% of the world's animals extinctions.
Alcohol is a big part of our culture, but how do you know if you’re drinking too much? Neil Moralee/Flickr

Health Check: how do I know if I drink too much?

It's important to know the recommendations on drinking to ensure we're not drinking too much for our own health and for the safety of others.

Senator, You’re No Socrates

In his first speech to the senate, new One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts compared himself to Socrates. So, would Socrates today be a climate denialist?

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