Australian politics, society & culture


Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’
By Luke Davies
Courtney Barnett. © Adela Loconte
Courtney Barnett’s ‘Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit’ and Darren Hanlon’s ‘Where Did You Come From?’
By Anwen Crawford
The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building. © Andrew Worssam
Frank Gehry’s Dr Chau Chak Wing Building
By David Neustein
A praying knight from the Westminster Psalter, circa 1250 AD. Courtesy of the British Library
Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘The Buried Giant’
By Helen Elliott
Dibirdibi Country (2012), Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda (Mrs Gabori).
The meteoric career of Kaiadilt painter Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda
By Quentin Sprague
Behind the scenes of ‘Maximum Choppage’, a new kung-fu comedy
By Benjamin Law
The morality of gambling
By David Walsh
Nick Feik, the editor of the Monthly, asked me to write an essay for his esteemed rag. Now I’m a bit pissed off at the Monthly, so initially I didn’t really want to do it. I’m a bit pissed off because Richard Flanagan did a piece on Mona (my museum, and the only reason anyone asks me to write anything) and me for the
Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart (until 13 April 2015)
By Quentin Sprague
Hamish Hamilton; $32.99
By Michael Lucy
‘James Turrell: A Retrospective’ at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
By Benjamin Law
‘Pop to Popism’ at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
By Julie Ewington
The Gothic horror of Bennett Miller’s ‘Foxcatcher’
By Luke Davies
In review: Roger Knox, The Aurora, Sydney, 25 January 2015
By Anwen Crawford
By Mungo MacCallum
New research shows that wealth can cultivate attitudes that are against redistribution and for privilege, says Anne Manne, a Melbourne writer whose latest book is The Life of I: The New Culture of Narcissism.
Multi-award winning author Alex Miller talks with Ashley Hay about his new (and apparently final) novel, Coal Creek. Sydney Writers Festival, 2014.