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The Monthly Today
Fringe theatre
Declining support for the major parties sends politicians to the extremes
Jim Middleton
‘Transit’ by Rachel Cusk. Cover of Transit

‘Transit’ by Rachel Cusk

Jonathan Cape; $32.99
Kevin Rabalais
Back from the dead. Illustration
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
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
The Nation Reviewed

The new opium wars

The links between Australia’s poppy industry and opioid addiction crisis
Hamish McDonald

The Muscovian Candidate?

Donald Trump and Russia
Robert Manne

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    Fringe theatre
    Declining support for the major parties sends politicians to the extremes
    Jim Middleton
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    Culture bores
    The right’s fawning over an empty provocateur reveals its skewed priorities
    Dominic Kelly
  3. The Nation Reviewed
    Lee Lin’s double life
    Lee Lin Chin’s rise from SBS newsreader to queen of satire
    Benjamin Law
  4. The Monthly Essays
    Does writing matter?
    Richard Flanagan delivers the inaugural Boisbouvier Lecture
    Richard Flanagan
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The Monthly Essays
Call for backup
How authorities lost control of juvenile detention
Russell Marks
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American berserk
Donald Trump’s presidency feels both unprecedented and oddly familiar
Don Watson
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 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 / Music

Who’s the boss now?

Bruce Springsteen is the consummate live performer
Anwen Crawford
Arts & Letters / Film

A German comedy?

Maren Ade’s ‘Toni Erdmann’ is one of the most misread movies of the year
Shane Danielsen
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
The Monthly Essays

The art of biography

The author stays out of the picture, and other personal rules of writing
David Marr


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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