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‘The Gulf’ explores the family dynamics of abuse and its effects on children
Alison Croggon
Lowlife in the suburbs. Still from Hounds of Love
Arts & Letters / Film

Lowlife in the suburbs

Ben Young’s ‘Hounds of Love’ presents horror in all-too-familiar surrounds
Shane Danielsen
A job half undone. Illustration
Comment

A job half undone

Constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians must be more than just tokenism
Noel Pearson

The standards that ‘Quadrant’ seeks to uphold

Roger Franklin’s comments on bombing the ABC Ultimo studio reflect a much deeper problem
Robert Manne

The mythical Menzies

The anniversary of Menzies’ forgotten people speech is a plea by the conservatives to get back to their roots
Mungo MacCallum
The Monthly Today

Rhetoric, meet facts

Barnaby Joyce shows us how it’s done (really)
Sean Kelly

Cinema is dead, yet it lives

David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ shatters the tedium of prestige television
Luke Goodsell

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  1. The Monthly Today
    The Uluru Statement from the Heart
    In the words of Indigenous Australians
    Sean Kelly
    The Uluru Statement from the Heart. Source
  2. The standards that ‘Quadrant’ seeks to uphold
    Roger Franklin’s comments on bombing the ABC Ultimo studio reflect a much deeper problem
    Robert Manne
  3. The mythical Menzies
    The anniversary of Menzies’ forgotten people speech is a plea by the conservatives to get back to their roots
    Mungo MacCallum
  4. The Monthly Essays
    Why  she  broke
    The woman, her children and the lake: Akon Goude’s tragic story
    Helen Garner
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Politics

Grandfathering the Australian dream. Image of a broken key
The Monthly Essays
Grandfathering the Australian dream
House prices, superannuation deals, tax breaks … Who can afford a stake in today’s society?
Richard Denniss
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Comment
The new Forgotten People
The wider cost of Australia’s housing affordability crisis
Judith Brett
SOS. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
SOS
Brutalist masterpiece or harbour eyesore? Sydney’s Sirius building faces an uncertain future
David Neustein
The non-existent coup. Source
The non-existent coup
The rumours of Anthony Albanese’s leadership challenge have been greatly exaggerated
Mungo MacCallum

Society

Vox
The school-shopping list
Private, public, state, selective … the trials of choosing a high school
Fran Cusworth
Vox
One step beyond
What would it take to modernise Alcoholics Anonymous?
Jenny Valentish
The Medicine
The next big thin
Dissecting dietary fads and habits
Karen Hitchcock
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The Monthly Essays
The snip
It’s a simple procedure, but having a vasectomy can raise questions of masculinity and equality
Ceridwen Dovey

Culture

‘Anything Is Possible’ by Elizabeth Strout. Cover of Anything Is Possible
Noted

‘Anything Is Possible’ by Elizabeth Strout

Viking; $29.99
Helen Elliott
‘Men Without Women’ by Haruki Murakami. Cover of Men Without Women
Noted

‘Men Without Women’ by Haruki Murakami

Harvill Secker; $35
Stephanie Bishop
Time Lords. Image of Doctor Who producer Verity Lambert reviewing sound-effect tapes produced by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Arts & Letters / Music

Time Lords

The Radiophonic Workshop, creator of those ‘Doctor Who’ sound-effects, is back
Anwen Crawford
Arts & Letters / Art

Sensory cycles

‘Van Gogh and the Seasons’ at the National Gallery of Victoria
Sebastian Smee

Deconstructive criticism

‘Wild Bore’ at the Malthouse Theatre is an irreverent criticism of criticism itself
Alison Croggon

Mark Frost and Sherilyn Fenn on truth, mystery and ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’

The groundbreaking series’ co-creator and co-star discuss its enduring appeal and new season
Andy Hazel

The notebooks of icons

Joan Didion’s ‘South and West’ only scratches at the surface of America’s complex Southern states
Elle Hardy

Shadowplay

Malthouse Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company’s co-production of ‘Away’ explores the shadows of Gow’s sunny and much-loved text
Alison Croggon

The particular lives of ‘Certain Women’

Kelly Reichardt’s latest film is another quiet triumph
Anwen Crawford

Environment

Nature 2.0. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Nature 2.0
Saving Australia’s smallest freshwater fish
Nicole Gill
The tallest tree. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
The tallest tree
Brett Mifsud is saving Australia’s tallest trees
Patrick Witton
Making tracks. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Making tracks
The restoration of Mt Wellington’s Organ Pipes track requires painstaking work
Josephine Rowe
Fish have feelings too. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Fish have feelings too
Under-the-sea society is much more complex than we imagine
James Bradley

Economics

The shorter working week can work
It’s time to take the four-day work week seriously
Emma Dawson
The new black. Image of a restaurant
The Monthly Essays
The new black
The overworked, underpaid, cash-in-hand worker is becoming increasingly common
Ann Arnold
Arrested development. Image of James Packer
The Monthly Essays
Arrested development
James Packer has been down, but he’s not out
Richard Cooke
A game theory. James Lovatt
The Monthly Essays
A game theory
Lovatts Crosswords gave its profits to employees. What went wrong?
Richard Cooke
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