Australian politics, society & culture

American berserk. Illustration
American berserk
Donald Trump’s presidency feels both unprecedented and oddly familiar
Don Watson
The phoney war. Source
The Monthly Today

The phoney war

A secret dossier on the Iraq conflict provides lessons for politicians
Jamie Hall
Two states of mind. Source

Two states of mind

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Australia drew attention to a growing consensus in the Labor Party
Mungo MacCallum
Arts & Letters / Film

Backstage drama

The domestic disquiet of Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’ gives way to suspence
Luke Davies
The Monthly Essays

Call for backup

How authorities lost control of juvenile detention
Russell Marks
The Nation Reviewed

Back from the dead

One dedicated bird watcher devoted years to the elusive night parrot
Anthony Ham

It’s the mandate wot lost it

Like its predecessors, the Coalition government is still struggling to find a clear direction
Nick Dyrenfurth

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  1. The Monthly Today
    The phoney war
    A secret dossier on the Iraq conflict provides lessons for politicians
    Jamie Hall
    The phoney war. Source
  2. Comment
    American berserk
    Donald Trump’s presidency feels both unprecedented and oddly familiar
    Don Watson
    American berserk. Illustration
  3. The Monthly Today
    Stumbling and bumbling
    The self-own has become the most devastating force in Australian politics
    Elle Hardy
    Stumbling and bumbling. Source
  4. The Monthly Essays
    Does writing matter?
    Richard Flanagan delivers the inaugural Boisbouvier Lecture
    Richard Flanagan
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Tasmania got gamed. Image of Wrest Point casino, Sandy Bay, Tasmania
Arts & Letters / Books
Tasmania got gamed
James Boyce’s ‘Losing Streak’ investigates how one family came to rule the state’s poker-machine industry
Amanda Lohrey
The great dominators. Source
The great dominators
Attacking Bill Shorten won’t give Malcolm Turnbull the policy legitimacy he needs
Mungo MacCallum
Old King Coal. Source
Old King Coal
The Turnbull government keeps looking to coal to solve the country’s energy issues
Mungo MacCallum
The heat is on
Who benefits from Malcolm Turnbull’s deal with Donald Trump?
Mungo MacCallum


The Totten hots up. Image of Aurora Australis alongside Totten glacier
The Monthly Essays
The Totten hots up
A major Antarctic glacier is becoming dangerously unstable
Jo Chandler
Holy shark. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Holy shark
Leonie the leopard shark’s switch to asexual reproduction is a world first
Ashley Hay
Child’s play. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Child’s play
The Melbourne Museum’s new gallery takes small children seriously
Zoë Morrison
The unedited life. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
The unedited life
The State Library of Victoria has acquired one of Australia’s finest collections of literary papers
Thornton McCamish


‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ by George Saunders. Cover of Lincoln in the Bardo

‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ by George Saunders

Bloomsbury; $29.99
Kevin Rabalais
‘Moonglow’ by Michael Chabon. Cover of Moonglow

‘Moonglow’ by Michael Chabon

Fourth Estate; $39.99
Helen Elliott
Unapologetic. Image of Cat Marnell
Arts & Letters / Books


Cat Marnell’s ‘How To Murder Your Life’ is an addiction memoir with a difference
Jenny Valentish
Arts & Letters / Art

Sweet celebration

‘Sugar Spin’ at GOMA aims to please and to challenge
Sebastian Smee
Arts & Letters / Music

Who’s the boss now?

Bruce Springsteen is the consummate live performer
Anwen Crawford
The Monthly Essays

The character business

What does the deluge of political biography and memoir say about politicians and readers?
Mark McKenna

‘The Undoing Project’ by Michael Lewis

Allen Lane; $45
Michael Lucy
Arts & Letters / Books

Climax isn’t the point

Emily Witt’s ‘Future Sex’ and Sheila Rowbotham’s ‘Rebel Crossings’ approach the concept of free love from different perspectives
Anwen Crawford
Arts & Letters / Books

This storied land

Mark McKenna’s ‘From the Edge’ tells four fascinating stories of Aboriginal and settler interaction through the history of place
Frank Bongiorno


Malcolm Turnbull: A brief lament. Illustration
Malcolm Turnbull: A brief lament
The climate-science champion of 2010 has morphed into the fossil-fuel supporter of 2016
Robert Manne
Feeding  the  beast. Image of the Condamine River on fire
The Monthly Essays
Feeding  the  beast
Billion-dollar burnouts keep emissions rising
Richard Denniss
An island ark. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
An island ark
A cat-detection team is doing important work on Dirk Hartog Island
Nicole Gill
Grave Barrier Reef. Coral bleaching at Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef, March 2016
The Monthly Essays
Grave Barrier Reef
The coral bleaching signals a defining environmental shift
Jo Chandler


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
Bust  in  the  Pilbara. Image of mining workers flying from Perth
The Monthly Essays
Bust  in  the  Pilbara
A region returns to earth
Hamish McDonald