Australian politics, society & culture

The politics of memoir
Yanis Varoufakis’ ‘Adults in the Room’ offers an insider’s view of the Greek financial crisis
Elle Hardy
Sell!. Source
The Monthly Today


How is the budget really being received?
Sean Kelly
The state of our art. Image of Rose Nolan, Big Words – To keep going, breathing helps (circle work), 2016–17
Arts & Letters / Art

The state of our art

What does ‘The National’ say about contemporary Australian art?
Julie Ewington

Deconstructive criticism

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

Fairfax is under threat again

Quick action is needed if public-interest journalism is to survive
Ranald Macdonald

The non-existent coup

The rumours of Anthony Albanese’s leadership challenge have been greatly exaggerated
Mungo MacCallum
The Medicine

Sick day

Sickness can be debilitating but it also offers escape
Karen Hitchcock

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    Deciding what type of country we want to live in is an issue for all of us
    Sean Kelly
  2. The politics of memoir
    Yanis Varoufakis’ ‘Adults in the Room’ offers an insider’s view of the Greek financial crisis
    Elle Hardy
  3. A few big firms
    Concentrated markets and a lack of competition are damaging the Australian economy
    Andrew Leigh and Adam Triggs
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  4. The Monthly Essays
    Rape among the lamingtons
    Tragic evidence of child sexual abuse in the Newcastle Anglican Church
    Anne Manne
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Once upon a time in America
Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey will jeopardise any future investigation
Robert Manne
Things don’t always get better. Source
Things don’t always get better
Commentators are wrong to talk about a “Labor-lite” budget
Nick Dyrenfurth
Regulate responsibly. Source
Regulate responsibly
The ban on gambling advertising during live sporting events is welcome and necessary policy
Mungo MacCallum
Rinse, repeat. Source
Rinse, repeat
The Turnbull government loves to announce big new policies, but can’t get any of them to stick
Nick Dyrenfurth


Marathon man. Source
Marathon man
John Coates’ 27-year AOC tenure must end before real change can take place
Mungo MacCallum
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
AFL 2017 in names only. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
AFL 2017 in names only
The only player analysis you’ll need this footy season
Hugh Robertson


Mark Frost and Sherilyn Fenn on truth, mystery and ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’. Image of David Lynch and Mark Frost

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. © Pia Johnson


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

‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ by David Grann

Oil, money, murder and the birth of the FBI
Elle Hardy
Arts & Letters / Music

Feel the divine

A new compilation celebrates the devotional music of jazz legend Alice Coltrane
Anwen Crawford

‘Exit West’ by Mohsin Hamid

Hamish Hamilton; $32.99
Helen Elliott
Arts & Letters / Books

Language woken up

Detained asylum seekers tell their own stories in ‘They Cannot Take the Sky’
Maria Tumarkin
Arts & Letters / Film

Long time coming

‘Get Out’ is a sharp mix of horror, satire and racial commentary
Shane Danielsen


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
Mice alert. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Mice alert
Farmers on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula are preparing for a plague
Michael Dulaney
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The Monthly Essays
The Perth Freight Link: Stranger than fiction
The WA state election could end one of the country’s most controversial infrastructure projects
David Whish-Wilson
Holy shark. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Holy shark
Leonie the leopard shark’s switch to asexual reproduction is a world first
Ashley Hay


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