A spear-thrower, a shell, a bowl, a vase, a bucket. Five very different items tell us much about the history of collecting, the role of Indigenous experts and the shadow of colonial violence.
Will the newest batch of books about the climate crisis change minds? Reading about the problem can help us understand it, but it's political action that is needed now.
Pardalotes are quintessentially Australian birds, industrious, beautiful and strange. They have adapted to our environment but we are corroding the places in which they live.
A new book by participants in the controversial 'Grievance Studies' hoax critiques the rise of an ideology they call Social Justice Theory. But the authors overstate their case.
Alice Pung's family escaped Pol Pot to settle in Australia. In suburban Melbourne, as her mum worked in the dark, back shed, she discovered books — and what the world could be.
A new Greta Thunberg biopic has drawn criticism from those who don't see the value in the stories of young lives. But children's voices matter — and Thunberg's is potent.
Trees seeded after the end of the last ice age, which survived the ruptures of invasion and industry, have re-emerged as art.
First published in October 1970, The Female Eunuch has never been out of print.
It's time for a new accord, with a summit led by First Nations people, bringing disparate groups together to help heal the nation and the land.
Fresh research casts new light on a boldly unconventional woman who cross-dressed as a man to join a French naval sea voyage.
A cruise ship stranded, temporary memorials, face masks, empty cities ... Coronavirus has transformed Australia and these images tell the story.
Decades of under-funding have left many Australian art schools in a perilous state. And the present political and intellectual hostility to the creative arts is threatening their very existence.
Nick Cave's ongoing letters to fans, begun after a period of intense mourning over the death of his son, have much to say about suffering, mercy and meaning-making.
Masks have a chequered history in western fashion. Some silenced women in the name of beauty, others provoked sexual desire.
With its daily tallies of those lost to disease, the coronavirus pandemic has brought death into sharp focus, especially for those who are older.
Donald Trump's bizarre interview with journalist Jonathan Swan went viral this week. While some regard the US president as beyond parody, satire may be starting to bite as he slides in the polls.
A crowd can exhilarate the ephemeral power within us. Whether a packed stadium or a mosh pit, crowds brought us together in ways that were more than physical.
Johann August Ludwig Preiss was the first professional botanist to systematically collect flora in the Colony of Western Australia. Yet he is little remembered today.
Clueless turns 25 this year. The film, a loose adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma, is a cult classic that has spawned books, a TV series, a musical and countless fashion tributes.
From its beginnings as a geeky tool to deal with a fragmented information stream, Twitter made the hashtag a new and powerful part of the world’s cultural, social and political vocabulary.