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In revolt. Photograph by Pia Johnson
In revolt
Malthouse Theatre’s ‘Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.’ is an exciting but nihilistic condemnation of how contemporary feminism has been derailed.
Alison Croggon

The thin edge of the citizenship wedge

What does the government think it will achieve with its proposed reforms?
Mungo MacCallum
Dark enlightenment. Photo Credit: Dark Mofo/Lusy Productions, 2017
Image Courtesy Dark Mofo, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Dark enlightenment

Hobart’s Dark Mofo is an illuminating reflection on myth, ritual, sex and death
Jenny Valentish
The Nation Reviewed

True history of the Clarke gang

Infamous bushrangers of Braidwood, New South Wales
Sam Vincent
Noted

‘Anything Is Possible’ by Elizabeth Strout

Viking; $29.99
Helen Elliott

What is art for anyway?

Ian Potter Museum for Art’s ‘Vertigo Sea’ and ‘I was born in Indonesia’ are very different answers to the same question
Quentin Sprague
The Monthly Essays

The snip

It’s a simple procedure, but having a vasectomy can raise questions of masculinity and equality
Ceridwen Dovey

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Politics

All jokes aside
The Trump impression is just another eggshell for the PM to walk on
Mungo MacCallum
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Mayhem
Theresa May and Malcolm Turnbull are both regretting their early elections
Mungo MacCallum
Foregone conclusions
The opposition to the Uluru statement is dispiriting and frustrating but predictable
Mungo MacCallum
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Labor senator Sam Dastyari, in London for the UK general election, was caught up in the attack on the Borough Market
Sam Dastyari

Society

Vox
The school-shopping list
Private, public, state, selective … the trials of choosing a high school
Fran Cusworth
The Medicine
The next big thin
Dissecting dietary fads and habits
Karen Hitchcock
Nature 2.0. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Nature 2.0
Saving Australia’s smallest freshwater fish
Nicole Gill
A job half undone. Illustration
Comment
A job half undone
Constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians must be more than just tokenism
Noel Pearson

Culture

The highs and lows of Shakespeare. Photograph by Jeff Busby

The highs and lows of Shakespeare

‘Macbeth’ at Melbourne Theatre Company attempts to draw on the tension between high and low art
Alison Croggon
Netflix goes to war. Brad Pitt as General Glen McMahon in Netflix’s War Machine

Netflix goes to war

The streaming giant is paying big money for big names as it expands into film, but will that be enough?
Harry Windsor
SOS. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed

SOS

Brutalist masterpiece or harbour eyesore? Sydney’s Sirius building faces an uncertain future
David Neustein
Arts & Letters / Film

Lowlife in the suburbs

Ben Young’s ‘Hounds of Love’ presents horror in all-too-familiar surrounds
Shane Danielsen
Arts & Letters / Art

Sensory cycles

‘Van Gogh and the Seasons’ at the National Gallery of Victoria
Sebastian Smee
Arts & Letters / Music

Time Lords

The Radiophonic Workshop, creator of those ‘Doctor Who’ sound effects, is back
Anwen Crawford
Noted

‘Men Without Women’ by Haruki Murakami

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Stephanie Bishop

Young adults

‘The Gulf’ explores the family dynamics of abuse and its effects on children
Alison Croggon

Cinema is dead, yet it lives

David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ shatters the tedium of prestige television
Luke Goodsell

Environment

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
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

Economics

Grandfathering the Australian dream. Image of a broken key
The Monthly Essays
Grandfathering the Australian dream
House prices, insecure work and growing debts … Who can afford a stake in today’s society?
Richard Denniss
The shorter working week can work
It’s time to take the four-day work week seriously
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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
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