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Prime ministerial pomp. Source
The Monthly Today
Prime ministerial pomp
Malcolm Turnbull will meet with Donald Trump next week
Sean Kelly
Theatre for grown-ups. Luisa Hastings in ‘Joan’ – created by The Rabble (Kate Davis and Emma Valente)

Theatre for grown-ups

‘Joan’, created by Kate Davis and Emma Valente, is sensory, shapeshifting theatre at its very best
Alison Croggon
‘Fever Dream’ by Samanta Schweblin. Cover of Fever Dream
Noted

‘Fever Dream’ by Samanta Schweblin

Trans. Megan McDowell; Oneworld; $19.99
Helen Elliott
Arts & Letters / Television

The whole follow-your-dreams thing

There’s some bite to Donald Glover’s languid, lyrical comedy series ‘Atlanta’
Luke Davies
Vox

The stopover

The prospect of 12 hours in Singapore airport gives rise to an existential crisis
Robert Skinner
Arts & Letters / Books

A cleansing fire

Jessa Crispin’s ‘Why I Am Not a Feminist’ demands a dismantling of mainstream feminism … and the system itself
Stephanie Bishop

Housing divided

The government is more concerned about opinion polls than solving real problems
Mungo MacCallum

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    Turnbull should be nervous
    Today’s Newspoll was bad, but not fatal
    Sean Kelly
    Turnbull should be nervous. Source
  2. Theatre for grown-ups
    ‘Joan’, created by Kate Davis and Emma Valente, is sensory, shapeshifting theatre at its very best
    Alison Croggon
    Theatre for grown-ups. Luisa Hastings in ‘Joan’ – created by The Rabble (Kate Davis and Emma Valente)
  3. Vox
    The stopover
    The prospect of 12 hours in Singapore airport gives rise to an existential crisis
    Robert Skinner
  4. The Monthly Essays
    Fat City: What can stop obesity?
    Karen Hitchcock
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Politics

A pointless passage to India. Source
A pointless passage to India
Turnbull’s trip to India produced very little except another PR boost for the Adani mine
Mungo MacCallum
Seeking a workable solution for asylum seekers. © Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Seeking a workable solution for asylum seekers
Robert Manne responds to Klaus Neumann
Robert Manne
Injustices and the art of realpolitik. Source
Injustices and the art of realpolitik
The asylum-seeker solution proposed by Brennan, Costello, Manne and Menadue is unacceptable
Klaus Neumann
Sky’s the limit
Latham’s sacking reveals the hypocrisy of the free-speech crusaders
Mungo MacCallum

Society

Crossing over. Image of George Michael
Arts & Letters / Music
Crossing over
On George Michael, race and pop
Anwen Crawford
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
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
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The Monthly Essays
Network error
What will be the cost of a patchwork NBN?
Paddy Manning

Culture

‘Big Little Lies’ bursts the bubble

Why the TV adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s novel is not trashy soap but compelling drama
Claire Corbett

Ich bin ein Brisbaner

‘Berlin Syndrome’ and the naivety of the tourist–artist
Luke Goodsell
Archives are us. Installation view of Brook Andrew: The Right to Offend is Sacred at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, 3 March–4 June 2017 
Photo: Wayne Taylor

Archives are us

The collected wisdom of Patrick Pound and Brook Andrew at NGV
Quentin Sprague

Kendrick rising

With his new album, ‘Damn’, Kendrick Lamar cements his status as the world’s reigning hip-hop artist
Anwen Crawford

Race, celebrity and power in ‘OJ: Made in America’

The documentary is a powerful examination of the OJ Simpson trial within the context of race relations in the US
Anwen Crawford
Arts & Letters / Photography

Art walks a tightrope

Bill Henson exhibits recent photographic work at the National Gallery of Victoria
Sebastian Smee
Arts & Letters / Theatre

A necessary shift

The Asia TOPA festival is unique for its focus on contemporary Asian culture
Alison Croggon
The Nation Reviewed

Magic hands

Russian piano superstar Daniil Trifonov teaches a masterclass in Melbourne
Chloe Hooper

The welcome challenge of ‘Legion’

FX’s new Marvel superhero show is refreshingly cerebral
Harry Windsor

Environment

Mice alert. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Mice alert
Farmers on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula are preparing for a plague
Michael Dulaney
The Perth Freight Link: Stranger than fiction. © Renee Schipp
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 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

Economics

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
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