Category essays

On imaginary friends: Marguerite, Robert and me.

Whenever it happened, it came as a surprise. The writer I was about to interview would   murmur that they were deeply reluctant to speak about themselves. I would show them their own book and say that they had divulged the most intimate things already. Their books told us what they were thinking about and how […]

Introducing The Best Australian Essays 2012

  When looking for wisdom it’s a good idea to range widely. Writing in the years after the Great Crash of ’29,  James Thurber noted corporate heads had started to speak double-talk expressed in low, muffled tones  “because nobody knew what was going to happen and nobody understood what had.” In contrast, the voices in […]