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The March issue


Essays  Right arrow

Culture

The interesting Mr Williams

At a time when the ABC faces more pressure than ever before, is its new chair the right person for the job?

The interesting Mr Williams
Whose ABC?

Culture

Whose ABC?

Amid questions of relevance and culture war hostilities, the ABC’s charter clearly makes the case for a government-funded national broadcaster

The Tate race

Education

The Tate race

Online misogyny touted by the likes of Andrew Tate (awaiting trial for human trafficking and rape) is radicalising Australian schoolboys

By her own words

Law and order

By her own words

How systemic misconceptions around women’s guilt led to a 20-year miscarriage of justice for Kathleen Folbigg


Online Latest  Right arrow

Osamah Sami with members of his local mosque

Television

In ‘House of Gods’, Sydney’s Muslim community gets to be complicated

Plus, Barnaby Joyce shines in ‘Nemesis’, Emma Seligman and Rachel Sennott deliver ‘Bottoms’, and Chloë Sevigny and Molly Ringwald step up for ‘Feud: Capote vs. The Swans’.

International Film Festival Rotterdam highlights

Film

International Film Festival Rotterdam highlights

Films from Iran, Ukraine and Bundaberg were deserving winners at this year’s festival

Two women on a train smile and shake hands

Television

‘Expats’ drills down on Hong Kong’s class divide

Plus, Netflix swallows Trent Dalton, Deborah Mailman remains in ‘Total Control’ and ‘Vanderpump Rules’ returns for another season

Image of a man playing music using electronics and the kora (West African harp)

Music

Three overlooked albums of spiritual jazz from 2023

Recent releases by kora player John Haycock, trumpeter Matthew Halsall and 14-piece jazz ensemble Ancient Infinity Orchestra feel like a refuge from reality

The Nation Reviewed  Right arrow

Exterior of the Department of Treasury, Canberra

Issues and policies

Tax to grind

Tax reform should not be centred on what we want, but on who we want to be

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Society

Letter from Dunkley

As a byelection draws the nation’s focus to the scrappy suburb of the author’s childhood, a visit reveals the damage wrought by the housing crisis

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Environment

Lines in the sand

By failing to take Indigenous knowledge seriously, a scientific paper speculating on the origin of WA desert ‘fairy circles’ misses the mark

Vox  Right arrow

The Vox Owl

Moment to arrive

The experience of literally finding one’s voice as a non-binary person after the physical transformations of hormone therapy, and what that process meant for a sense of self

Arts & Letters  Right arrow

David Malouf, March 2015 in Sydney

Books

An imagined life: David Malouf

Celebrating the literary great’s 90th birthday with a visit to his incongruous home of Surfers Paradise to discuss a life in letters

Parramatta Aquatic Centre seen from above

Architecture

Full circle: The Parramatta Aquatic Centre

The sunken circle of Grimshaw and ABA’s public pool design is a nod to Governor Brisbane’s nearby 19th-century Bath House

Tony McNamara in New York City, January 2024

Film

Pure things: Tony McNamara

How the Australian screenwriter of ‘Poor Things’, who cut his teeth on shows such as ‘The Secret Life of Us’, earnt his second Oscar nomination

Jeffrey Wright in ‘American Fiction’

Film

The dread of the author: ‘American Fiction’ and ‘Argylle’

Cord Jefferson’s satire about Black artists fighting white perceptions of their work runs out of ideas, while Matthew Vaughn’s spy movie parody has no ideas of its own

Noted  Right arrow

Cover of Sheila Heti’s ‘Alphabetical Diaries’

Books

Sheila Heti’s ‘Alphabetical Diaries’

The Canadian writer’s presentation of sentence-long entries from her diaries, organised alphabetically, delivers a playful and unpredictable self-examination

Cover of Lauren Oyler’s ‘No Judgement: On Being Critical’

Books

Lauren Oyler’s ‘No Judgement’

The American author and critic’s essay collection moves from her gripes with contemporary cultural criticism to personal reflection

Life sentences Right arrow

Flowers being watered

‘When I hear about the hole in the sky / Saltwater wells in my eyes’

The author is pleased to learn Julian Lennon had it wrong about a hole in the ozone layer, putting his Tasmanian childhood anxieties at ease

Podcasts  Right arrow

7am

The two days that could decide Julian Assange's freedom

Contributor to The Saturday Paper Amy Fallon, on what the court heard and how mounting public and political support is helping the Australian’s cause.

HOST Ange McCormack
GUEST Amy Fallon

Read This

Why Kate Jennings Is There in Everything Erik Jensen Writes

Michael chats with The Saturday Paper’s editor in chief about Australian author Kate Jennings’ life and work and Erik shares why her novel, Snake, is the best Australian book he’s ever read.

HOST Michael Williams
GUEST Erik Jensen

7am

Jon Ronson on who really started the culture wars

Author of The Psychopath Test and So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson, on the very human stories behind how things fell apart.

HOST Ange McCormack
GUEST Jon Ronson