Australians see themselves as a relaxed and tolerant bunch. But scratch the surface and you'll uncover an extraordinary level of panic about politics, art, sexuality, drugs, boat people, protest, religion and terror. Through it all, David Marr has stood tall to question the hubris, ignorance and deception that lie behind the frenzies.
David Marr is the author of Patrick White: A Life and The High Price of Heaven, and co-author with Marian Wilkinson of Dark Victory. In 2010 he wrote the Quarterly Essay Power Trip: The Political Journey of Kevin Rudd.