Full disclosure: this was the guy I’d been waiting to see all Sydney Writers’ Festival. Ever since Chronic City, I had wanted to hear Jonathan Lethem spill his brains to an open audience, delivering a full explanation for his concoctions of science fiction, contemporary culture and Pynchonian paranoia. Not one to disappoint, on Sunday afternoon at his talk King Of Sentences, an ebullient Lethem walked us through his literary worlds and the elements that have constructed them.

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When I walked into the room to listen to the ‘Her Body, Her Choice’ panel at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, I was surprised at how stunned I was to see four women of colour sitting on stage.

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Australia’s experience of war has tended to become a byword for nationhood, a means of expressing and realising our independence as a nation. However, it is not exactly a straightforward affair. The SBS’ sacking of the recalcitrant Scott McIntyre over his ANZAC day comments reflects the polarising nature of the discussion. The recent centenary of the ANZAC legend has also forced Australians to reassess how our military responses have affected our national identity and historical representation.

On Saturday, three notable historians - Jenny Hocking, Tim Rowse, and Professor of History and Provost at the University of Sydney Stephen Garton - presented a thoroughly detailed historical enquiry into these questions at hand.

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From clicktivism to citizen journalism, social media has become an essential platform for social and political change (at least if you’re a Gen Y kid).

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I was born in 1993, at almost exactly the same time as the Internet was beginning to revolutionise the way the world works.

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Emily St. John Mandel’s fourth novel Station Eleven is a thrilling, beautifully written novel that explores relationships in a post-pandemic world where 99 per cent of the world’s population has been wiped out. The story follows a troupe of musicians and Shakespearean actors, The Travelling Symphony, as they perform between the remaining settlements. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.

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Historian Harvey Broadbent and biographer Ross Coulthart didn’t challenge the myths of Gallipoli. They didn’t need to; the mere facts were sufficient.

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