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Editors' Picks: Best of the Decade



Our team of editors have dug through the past ten years' worth of articles to nominate their favourite pieces published between the start of 2010 and today. Check out our list and then jump into the comments to tell us what are your picks of the decade and why.


Camp Cope

Melbourne punks are at the forefront of protest — Celeste Liddle

"What drew me to them were their storytelling and their often political messages about toxic masculinity, racism, anti-fascism and so forth. They backed these ethics up with action."

Tim Kroenert, Editor, Eureka Street: When Celeste — Arrernte woman, trade unionist and social commentator par excellence — joined us as a columnist, she and we were keen that her contributions not be limited to hot takes on race issues, but would allow her space to explore her diverse interests and passions. As a great fan of live music, I connected strongly with this piece navigating the punk scene in my home city of Melbourne circa 2018. The article received a nod in 2019 from the Australasian Religious Press Association at their annual awards.



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The worst may already have happened — Fatima Measham

"Having to accept the damage of what we said or did will never be the worst thing. But it can be the start of better things: a chance to learn and expand, to build rather than destroy."

Neve Mahoney, Assistant Editor, Eureka Street: When I began reading Eureka Street, I fell in love with Fatima's writing. I continue to be awed at the consistent quality of her work. This article exemplifies to me the best qualities of her writing: an incisive, firm but gentle approach that cuts straight to the core of an issue that so often divides us.



Silhouettes of nuns. Credit: kajojak, Flickr CC

A cheerfulness of nuns — Brian Doyle

"The children wore those notes with such pride. They would stand up straight and stick their bony chests out, and they would finger the note reverently like it was Holy Scripture."

Michael McVeigh, Senior Editor, Jesuit Communications Australia: Brian Doyle was a valued writer at Eureka Street for a long time, and his articles were often the best thing I'd read all week. This one stuck in my memory because it’s a joy to read, and because it brings tears to my eyes at the end. It was a privilege to be able to share Brian’s stories with our readers before he passed away in 2017. May he rest in peace.



Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

Dickens' song for the poor — Gillian Bouras

"Wintry Scrooge now courts the spirit of spring and renewal."

Michele Frankeni, Associate Editor, Madonna magazine: Many of Gillian's articles either prompt a reread of some favourite books or act as pointers for my next read. Dickens' A Christmas Carol was a childhood favourite. Gillian notes it was originally planned as a political pamphlet to raise awareness of the plight of the poor and children. Dickens, however, was marketer enough to realise that fiction would have more impact. The plight of the poor does not seem to have eased, while others' hearts have hardened. Perhaps we need a new marketing campaign to help change hearts and minds.



Arrival of Burke, Wills and King at the deserted camp at Cooper's Creek, Sunday evening, 21 April 1861. Painting by John Longstaff

Burke, Wills and ... Rudd? — Brian Matthews

"To those whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first assign the wrong tasks."

Andrew Hamilton, Consulting Editor, Eureka Street: Brian Matthews writes beautifully and engages the reader freshly with the story of Burke and Wills. Written at the time of Rudd’s deposition, the article refers sensitively to the reasons behind it, and is a model of encouraging conversation about public figures that is respectful and reflective. It makes the present come alive through telling a great Australian story.



Topic tags: Tim Kroenert, Neve Mahoney, Andrew Hamilton, Michael McVeigh, Fatima Measham, Celeste Liddle



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ES boasts an abundance of gifted writers (no accident), such a feast for commentators to read and comment upon. Brian Doyle: his way with words was charming, effusive and wholly holy. His joy in communicating so clear and lovely. Brian Matthews: a master wordsmith. A subversive gem. Fatima Measham: still miss her considered writing. Gillian Bouras: wonderfully cosmopolitan. Celeste Liddle: go girl. A role model if ever there was one. My favourite columns have been by Andy Hamilton though. When I read his words I am moved to comment. It might be that an inveterate contributor like myself has found a home.

Pam | 20 December 2019  

The tributes to the late Fr Peter Steele SJ by Morag Fraser, and his Jesuit confreres Michael Kelly, Andrew Hamilton and Brendan Byrne are high among my favourites, together with all of Gillian Bouras's contributions. Thank you, and a blessed Christmas to all at ES.

John RD | 21 December 2019  

Some great writing here but it's hard to go past the amazing Brian Doyle. How I miss his beautifully evocative words. Having said that, I'm not sure why you are doing this at the end of 2019. The decade doesn't finish till the end of 2020.

ErikH | 21 December 2019  

I love the rich diversity of writers, opinions and styles that makes up Eureka Street. Thank you for the information stimulation and provocation you regularly provide. Prayers and best wishes to you all for a jpy-filled Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Maureen Helen | 21 December 2019  

Of your 'editor's choices' Gillian Bouras would be head and shoulders above the rest for content, relevance and style.

Edward Fido | 23 December 2019  

ES, if it has a fault as a magazine, is its overriding commitment to political correctness. There is a richness in the variety of all the authors. That aside, the sharpest mind in the ES shed (even though I dont always agree with him), is Jeff Sparrow.

francis Armstrong | 27 December 2019  

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