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Title fight

The people of the Pilbara take on Australia’s great philanthropist

The Monthly — September 2017

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Today

This is not a horse race

The way the marriage campaign is being analysed leaves a lot to be desired

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Culture

The hope of redemption in ‘Who We Are Now’

Matthew Newton’s latest film is – appropriately – a story about facing up to the past

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Culture

Understanding Vivian Maier

In a world obsessed with sharing images, what should we make of a street photographer who hoarded them?

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Society

Hump day

The descendants of Australia’s “Afghan” cameleers get together in remote South Australia

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Culture

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The dire title belies this game’s thoughtful exploration of mental illness

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Exhuming the Murphy allegations

Lionel Murphy was a singular personality – and it got him in trouble


The Monthly — September 2017

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Canberra needs a watchdog

Who is keeping an eye on our federal politicians?

Tents in the city

The controversy over Martin Place’s homeless community became a political power struggle

Hump day

The descendants of Australia’s “Afghan” cameleers get together in remote South Australia

A beautiful chaos

The Artful Dodgers Studios is a haven for young artists and musicians


The Monthly — September 2017

The Monthly Essays

Title fight

The people of the Pilbara take on Australia’s great philanthropist

The crankhandle of history

Thirty years on, what should we make of Bruce Chatwin’s song to the songlines?


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The Monthly — September 2017

VOX

True love in Nauru

Two gay refugees face an unwelcoming community and an uncertain future


The Monthly — September 2017

Arts & Letters

Success dogged him

Judith Brett’s ‘The Enigmatic Mr Deakin’ is a skilful portrait of Australia’s second prime minister

Sly late style

JM Coetzee’s ‘Late Essays: 2006–2017’ shows his deep respect and sympathy for fellow writers

A certain madness

Beneath the surface comedy of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Watt’ lies a metaphysical quest to know the unknowable

The script changed

James Gray’s ‘The Lost City of Z’

Torch songs

Lana Del Rey gets a little happier on ‘Lust for Life’


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