The Emperor’s New Robe

For the February edition of The Monthly, I wrote a 9000-word essay about the unique charisma of Paul Pisasale, and the political disintegration of Ipswich under his leadership.

“Paul Pisasale was a criminal, wrapped in a capitalist, wrapped in a larrikin. His bizarre reign of lust and corruption was facilitated by a tsar-like willingness to attack those who resisted his cult of charisma.”

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