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Morrison’s cackhandedness leaves him at the mercy of our allies, as French fury grows

There is a light


Andrew O’Hagan’s ‘Mayflies’ and what might endure from our irresponsible but spirited youth

Birth of a larrikin


The disguised rise of Scott Morrison

Black Summer at Currowan


Lessons from Australia’s worst bushfires

In light of recent events

Let’s explore our urban bushlands

‘Beirut 2020’ by Charif Majdalani


The Lebanese writer’s elegiac journal captures the city’s devastating port explosion

War of error

US failures in Afghanistan and the folly of Australia’s unquestioning support

The Monthly Essays

War of error

US failures in Afghanistan and the folly of Australia’s unquestioning support

Drama in hell

The descent of creative arts at Australia’s universities

The search for extraterrestrial minds

That we understand the nature of the cosmos has profound implications in the search for life

The Nation Reviewed

We need to think about post-lockdown rights

Lacking serious debate on the next stage of the pandemic, Australia is ill-prepared

Close to home for Katy Gallagher

Life in quarantine as COVID-19 hits Senator Katy Gallagher’s family

A loss of character

Remembering some of Sydney’s well-known streetfolk


Helen Garner’s lockdown dairies, 2021

Notes from Melbourne as the pandemic persists


Arts & Letters

Artful lodgers: The Heide Museum of Modern Art

The story of John and Sunday Reed’s influence on Sidney Nolan and other live-in protégés

An eye on the outlier: ‘Nitram’

Justin Kurzel’s biopic of the Port Arthur killer is a warning on suburban neglect and gun control

The life solipsistic: ‘The French Dispatch’

Wes Anderson’s film about a New Yorker–style magazine is simultaneously trivial and exhausting


‘Scary Monsters’ by Michelle de Kretser Two satirical stories about fitting in, from the two-time Miles Franklin–winner By Helen Elliott

‘Bewilderment’ by Richard Powers The Pulitzer-winner’s open-hearted reworking of Flowers for Algernon, updated for modern times By Adam Rivett

In Light of Recent Events

“Where are they?”