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Stephen King famously called Jim Thompson’s Sheriff Lou Ford ‘the Great American Sociopath.’ derrickthebarbaric/DeviantArt

Jim Thompson is the perfect novelist for our crazed times

The author's novels, famous for their bleakly sociopathic depiction of American culture, testify to the insanity and abusiveness that surround us.
Julia Roberts interviewed Dr. Anthony Fauci for a non-profit organization. Here, Roberts, left, at an Obama Foundation event in December 2019, and Fauci, right, in Washington on June 23. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian and Sarah Silbiger/Pool via AP)

Celebrity views on COVID-19 aren’t welcome — except when drawing attention to heroes

Just like in the days following 9/11, celebrities most successfully use their star power in the COVID-19 crisis when they appear to step out of the limelight, publicly praising first responders.
Kevin Vickers, former House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms, receives the Star of Courage at Rideau Hall from Gov. Gen. David Johnston in February 2016 to pay tribute to security services members who responded to the 2014 shooting on Parliament Hill. Vickers was lauded as a hero. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

When we call survivors ‘heroes,’ we’re missing the full picture

We do a disservice to survivors of major tragedies when we call them "heroes." Instead, we should change our policies and attitudes to help them truly survive the disaster.
Kevin Jackson, Robyn Hendricks and Ty King Wall in the Australian Ballet’s production of Spartacus. Justin Ridler

Spartacus: the rise and rise of an unlikely hero

When Spartacus and 70 or so of his comrades revolted and escaped from their gladiatorial school near Capua in 73 BC, everyone imagined the matter would soon be dealt with. But his rebellion has continued to inspire political movements.
Malian migrant Mamoudou Gassama met French president Emmanuel Macron on May 22, 2018. He was officially given French citizenship soon after. Thibault Camus/AFP

Why economic migrants are heroes

What is a hero? If President Macron really likes heroes, shouldn’t he revise his idea of what he calls “economic migrants”?
Gil Birmingham (Cory) and Jeremy Renner (Martin) in Wind River: grieving fathers who come together in the realm of the dead. Production Co: Acacia Filmed Entertainment, Film 44, Ingenious Media

Friday essay: journeys to the underworld – Greek myth, film and American anxiety

American cinema mines Greek myth most strongly at times of profound social anxiety. In the age of Trump, we are already seeing key political battlegrounds framed as underworld quests in film.
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Heroes and American politics

The authors of a new book have data that show politicians and the media love talking about heroes, but ordinary people are much more reluctant. That difference could have political consequences.
Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill are immortalised as political heroes, but both had personal issues that might have proved politically fatal today. AAP/Diana Plater

Why politics today can’t give us the heroes we need

Every culture needs heroes. So when our political system becomes incapable of giving us any, where does that leave us?
In football’s biggest week, Franklin is football’s biggest story. AAP Image/NEWZULU/HUGH PETERSWALD

Buddy Franklin has the swagger – but can he be an Aussie hero?

It’s early in the fourth quarter and Lance “Buddy” Franklin is enjoying himself. Celebrating his 200th game against St Kilda at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) last month, the Sydney Swans forward has…

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