March 5, 2018

Ahead of the US release next month, there's a review of The Art of Reading in Kirkus Reviews.

Young (How to Think About Exercise, 2014, etc.) offers a useful, erudite, and often arresting survey of philosophical thought featuring both renowned figures in the discipline...

February 27, 2018

The former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce recently lamented his lot. In a high profile newspaper report.

He joins a long line of powerful people--usually men--complaining how hard done by they are. And using their power to do so.

I wrote something for Meanjin on thi...

February 25, 2018

There's a genre of newspaper and magazine story that's been annoying me for a while: the virtuous home buyer.

They scrimp and save and, in so doing, become a moral exemplar for the unwashed, unpropertied masses.

I've no problem with the hard work and austerity required t...

February 22, 2018

I'm on ABC RN this weekend, talking to Matthew Beard about parenting and vulnerability, which a few nods to Buddhism, Stoicism and the work of Martha Nussbaum.

You can listen here.

February 16, 2018

Watching politics, it's often difficult not to cringe.

Perhaps our most common political emotion is contempt or disgust--but embarrassment is familiar.

I wrote about this for the Canberra Times: 'Being embarrassed about Australian politics is a sign we care'.

There are ma...

February 14, 2018

So, it turns out Barnaby Joyce is a cheat, in many ways. I wrote a little essay for Meanjin on him and his political class.

Let us not speak of Barnaby Joyce.

Let us not speak of a man who turned protection against HPV and cervical cancer into a ‘licence to be promiscuou...

February 9, 2018

I was interviewed about my writing life by Madeleine Doré for Kill Your Darlings magazine. This is part of their new 'Extraordinary Routines' series.

Even at its best, writing is always precarious. To have the same success in almost any other field would give you a stab...

February 9, 2018

I've an essay in the latest The New Philosopher: "Thug Life". 

It's about the unruly and seemingly unreasonable character of existence: how life itself is a bit thuggish.

In Phaedo and elsewhere, [Plato] argued that the body was a danger. The soul has wings, to use his m...

January 13, 2018

Late last year, musician Kirk Pengilly lamented the loss of the "simple" nineteen sixties, when you could slap a woman's ass with impunity. My reply was just published in the Sydney Morning Herald.

"Life was simple," musician Kirk Pengilly said recently. He was speaking...

January 5, 2018

In April of this year, the US edition of The Art of Reading will be out. The first review is in, courtesy of Publishers Weekly. It's a starred review, which is nice.

Philosopher Young (Philosophy in the Garden) investigates the act of reading with essays on six virtues...

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