Martha Gellhorn once reflected – perhaps musing on five years of marriage to Hemingway – that “a man must be a very great genius to make up for being such a loathsome human being”. But do her words still cut it in 2019? Alice Walker recently praised the work of an anti-Semite, but she also wrote The Color Purple. Does one invalidate the other? Ronnie Scott, On Artists author Ashleigh Wilson, ABC’s Osman Faruqi and Culture Editor of Estelle Tang ask what we can forgive in the name of art.

Osman Faruqi (Australian)

Osman Faruqi

Osman Faruqi hosts Schwartz Media’s 7am podcast and was formerly deputy editor of ABC Life. He regularly presents on the ABC News culture and arts program, The Mix, and has worked on the ABC’s award-winning investigative journalism program Background Briefing. Osman has written on politics and culture for The Guardian, GQ and The Australian, was formerly Junkee Media’s news editor, and has twice judged the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

Ashleigh Wilson (Australian)

Ashleigh Wilson

Ashleigh Wilson, arts editor of The Australian, is a Walkley-award winning journalist, based in Sydney. His first book was Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing. On Artists is his second book.

Estelle Tang (Australian)

Estelle Tang

Estelle Tang is a senior editor at, where she interviews celebrities and sometimes dresses up like them. She once got asked if her life was like the movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and the answer was not “No.” She was previously a literary scout, a textbook wrangler, and a contributor at Rookie. Estelle lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Ronnie Scott (Australian)

Ronnie Scott

Ronnie Scott is the founder of The Lifted Brow, a literary magazine, and Lecturer in Creative Writing at RMIT University. His first novel The Adversary will be published in 2020.