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Wonder, invention, anger and dejection. Reko Rennie, ‘OA_RR’ (detail), 2017
Arts & Letters / Art
Wonder, invention, anger and dejection
‘Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial’ at Canberra’s National Gallery of Australia
Sebastian Smee
Taking your time. Source
The Monthly Today

Taking your time

Slow and boring sometimes wins the race
Sean Kelly
A family in flux. Kurt Pimblett, Greg Stone and Michael Whalley in HIR

A family in flux

Taylor Mac’s ‘HIR’ at Belvoir is not your average kitchen-sink drama
Fiona McGregor
Vox

Lessons from camels

A ten-day camel trek through the South Australian outback. With your parents.
Robert Skinner

Religious persecution

Won’t somebody think of the Roman Catholics?
Mungo MacCallum
Arts & Letters / Music

On the road again

Jen Cloher’s self-titled album is a unique take on the trials of a touring musician
Anwen Crawford

Looking for Joseph Merrick

Malthouse Theatre’s ‘The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man’ runs the risk of erasing its protagonist
Alison Croggon

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  1. The Monthly Today
    Taking your time
    Slow and boring sometimes wins the race
    Sean Kelly
    Taking your time. Source
  2. Religious persecution
    Won’t somebody think of the Roman Catholics?
    Mungo MacCallum
    Religious persecution. Source
  3. Vox
    Lessons from camels
    A ten-day camel trek through the South Australian outback. With your parents.
    Robert Skinner
    Lessons from camels. © Juniors Bildarchiv GmbH / Alamy

Politics

The buck stops here
Who will take the blame for the Commonwealth Bank’s latest scandal?
Mungo MacCallum
Bad sports
What is Foxtel doing with $30 million of taxpayers’ money?
Mungo MacCallum
He will never stop. Illustration
Comment
He will never stop
Tony Abbott seems determined to wreck the clean energy target
Judith Brett
Debt. Recovery.. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Debt. Recovery.
A parliamentary committee’s report on the Centrelink robo-debt debacle makes for damning reading
Alex McKinnon

Society

The Nation Reviewed
Foresters of the skies
The grey-headed flying fox faces a perilous nightly journey
Arnold Zable
Not-so-Tasmanian tiger. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Not-so-Tasmanian tiger
The thylacine is thought be extinct. Might it still be found in mainland Australia?
Anthony Ham
The art of dependency. Artwork by Micheline Lee
The Monthly Essays
The art of dependency
The NDIS promised choice and control
Micheline Lee
Screen time, all the time. Image of child looking at screen
The Monthly Essays
Screen time, all the time
Do smart devices in classrooms help kids learn?
Russell Marks

Culture

Bannon, Trump and ‘Devil’s Bargain’. Cover of Devil’s Bargain

Bannon, Trump and ‘Devil’s Bargain’

Joshua Green chronicles Steve Bannon’s rise to prominence – and offers an insight into what he might be capable of now
Elle Hardy

The united colours of Besson

Luc Besson discusses humanity, utopia and his latest film, ‘Valerian’
Luke Goodsell
Misogyny floats. Elisabeth Moss as Detective Senior Constable Robin Griffin and Gwendoline Christie as Constable Miranda Hilmarson in Top of the Lake: China Girl

Misogyny floats

The second season of ‘Top of the Lake’ once again battles male sexual and psychological violence
Steve Dow

The glow of nostalgia

Viewers are embracing new technology to watch shows that tap into a yearning for a pre-digital age
Myke Bartlett

The resurrection of Morris West

Australia’s biggest-selling author is largely unknown to contemporary readers – but that’s about to change
Simon Caterson

A new location, familiar terrain

Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan bring their signature banter – and talk of mortality – on ‘The Trip to Spain’
Anwen Crawford

Where we live

Ian Strange’s latest exhibition, ‘ISLAND’, explores our complex relationship with the family home
Richard King
Arts & Letters / Theatre

A crucible of memory

La Mama, one of Australia’s most influential theatre companies, turns 50
Alison Croggon
Arts & Letters / Film

Under the covers

David Lowery’s ‘A Ghost Story’ successfully combines sorrow, absurdity and the supernatural
Luke Davies

Environment

Country needs people. Image of Yarrkalpa – Hunting Ground, Parnngurr Area, 2013
The Monthly Essays
Country needs people
Mapping and minding shared lands
Kim Mahood
Nature 2.0. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Nature 2.0
Saving Australia’s smallest freshwater fish
Nicole Gill
Making tracks. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Making tracks
The restoration of Mt Wellington’s Organ Pipes track requires painstaking work
Josephine Rowe
The tallest tree. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
The tallest tree
Brett Mifsud is saving Australia’s tallest trees
Patrick Witton

Economics

Grandfathering the Australian dream. Image of a broken key
The Monthly Essays
Grandfathering the Australian dream
House prices, insecure work and growing debts … Who can afford a stake in today’s society?
Richard Denniss
The shorter working week can work
It’s time to take the four-day work week seriously
Emma Dawson
Arrested development. Image of James Packer
The Monthly Essays
Arrested development
James Packer has been down, but he’s not out
Richard Cooke
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
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