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COVID-19’s long shadow

Politics

The virus exposes the increasing difficulty of Australia’s balancing act between China and the US

The king in exile: Gordon Koang

Culture

The music of the South Sudanese star and former refugee offers solace and a plea for unity

Choose it or lose it

Today

Australia has a last chance to avert climate catastrophe

Stopped in the street: ‘Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines’

Culture

Early death meant the work of these renowned artists never fully emerged from ’80s New York subcultures

The Doctor’s dilemma

Culture

Director Robert Icke on rewriting the classic Austrian play to explore contemporary moral conundrums

The fraught politics of Fire Fight Australia

Politics

The imperatives of commercial media mean that the bushfire crisis is unlikely to be a tipping point for denialism


The fabulist of Auschwitz

Heather Morris’s bestselling novels ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ and ‘Cilka’s Journey’, and the problem of truth in historical fiction




The Monthly Essays

Living hell

Caught up in the chaos of the catastrophic bushfires on the NSW South Coast, the author experienced the terror of those whose homes and loved ones are threatened, as the failures of leadership became all too real

The fabulist of Auschwitz

Heather Morris’s bestselling novels ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ and ‘Cilka’s Journey’, and the problem of truth in historical fiction


The Nation Reviewed

Leaders and dung beetles

On John Cain, Scott Morrison and our curious inability to elect good people

Warringah warrior

Independent MP Zali Steggall hopes her private member’s bill will take the partisanship out of climate-change policy

Silver linings

Having survived Afghanistan as a counterintelligence officer, a traumatised vet and his family lost their farm in the Adelaide Hills bushfires

Intelligence branch

Bernard Collaery eagerly awaits his national security trial, energised by the prospect of highlighting the government’s misdeeds

Planting hope

A community gardening program is bringing hope to asylum seekers


Vox

Written on the skin

Trading the joys of a childhood spent in the sun for an adulthood under scrutiny on a skin clinic table

Owl

Arts & Letters

Stopped in the street: ‘Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines’

Early death meant the work of these renowned artists never fully emerged from ’80s New York subcultures

Days of future passed: William Gibson’s ‘Agency’

The cyberpunk pioneer’s latest novel continues his examination of the present from the perspective of a post-apocalyptic future

Kills, frills and Kelly aches: Justin Kurzel’s ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’

The Australian director brings a welcome sense of style to the unusually malleable story

The king in exile: Gordon Koang

The music of the South Sudanese star and former refugee offers solace and a plea for unity



Noted

‘Matisse & Picasso’: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Hanging works by the two masters together highlights their artistic rivalry and mutual influence By Miriam Cosic

‘A Couple of Things Before the End’ by Sean O’Beirne The Australian author’s debut story collection confidently converts the linguistic detritus of our era into something of lasting value By Adam Rivett


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