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The vapid idiocy of our public debate must end
Sean Kelly
For a rights-based response to asylum seekers. Source

For a rights-based response to asylum seekers

Australia must work towards a medium-term solution
Klaus Neumann, Anne McNevin, Antje Missbach, Damir Mitric and Savitri Taylor
‘Loving’ directed by Jeff Nichols. Still from Loving
Film

‘Loving’ directed by Jeff Nichols

eOne Films
Harry Windsor

The bizarre tale of President Nixon’s basic income plan

An extract from ‘Utopia for Realists’ by Rutger Bregman
Rutger Bregman
Arts & Letters / Music

Crossing over

On George Michael, race and pop
Anwen Crawford

Theatre for grown-ups

‘Joan’, created by Kate Davis and Emma Valente, is sensory, shapeshifting theatre at its very best
Alison Croggon
Noted

‘Fever Dream’ by Samanta Schweblin

Trans. Megan McDowell; Oneworld; $19.99
Helen Elliott

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    What will be the cost of a patchwork NBN?
    Paddy Manning
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Politics

Base power. Illustration
Comment
Base power
The energy crisis is all about politics rather than supply
Richard Denniss
The fighter. Image of Sally McKinnon
The Monthly Essays
The fighter
Sally McManus is the new face of Australia’s union movement
Alex McKinnon
Wicked problems. Image of Malcolm Turnbull
The Monthly Essays
Wicked problems
What are the real reasons behind the rise and stall of Malcolm Turnbull?
Laura Tingle
New tricks. Illustration
Comment
New tricks
Why do our political parties persist with economic rationalism?
Don Watson

Society

Rape among the lamingtons. Image of Ian Shevill
The Monthly Essays
Rape among the lamingtons
The royal commission hears tragic evidence of child sexual abuse in the Newcastle Anglican Church
Anne Manne
The Medicine
Sick day
Sickness can be debilitating but it also offers escape
Karen Hitchcock
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

Culture

Feel the divine. Alice Coltrane, circa 1970
Arts & Letters / Music

Feel the divine

A new compilation celebrates the devotional music of jazz legend Alice Coltrane
Anwen Crawford
Long time coming. Still from Get Out
Arts & Letters / Film

Long time coming

‘Get Out’ is a masterful mix of horror, comedy and racial commentary
Shane Danielsen
Language woken up. Image of Donna Sherwani
Arts & Letters / Books

Language woken up

Detained asylum seekers tell their own stories in ‘They Cannot Take the Sky’
Maria Tumarkin
Noted

‘Exit West’ by Mohsin Hamid

Hamish Hamilton; $32.99
Helen Elliott
Noted

‘The Idiot’ by Elif Batuman

Jonathan Cape; $32.99
Stephanie Bishop
Arts & Letters / Art

The state of our art

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

‘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

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

Environment

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
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

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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