Australian politics, society & culture

‘Moonglow’ by Michael Chabon. Cover of Moonglow
‘Moonglow’ by Michael Chabon
Fourth Estate; $39.99
Helen Elliott
The age of unentitlement. Source
The Monthly Today

The age of unentitlement

Injustice is on the rise in the punitive welfare state
Elle Hardy
Once were conservatives. Source

Once were conservatives

The fallout over 18C puts the Liberal Party at odds with mainstream conservatism
Nick Dyrenfurth

88 dangerous days

A grieving mother describes the perils of Australia’s outback for working backpackers
Rosie Ayliffe

The great crusades

The defenders of free speech are happy to shut it down when it suits them
Mungo MacCallum
The Nation Reviewed

The unedited life

The State Library of Victoria has acquired one of Australia’s finest collections of literary papers
Thornton McCamish
The Monthly Essays

Call for backup

How authorities lost control of juvenile detention
Russell Marks

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  1. The Monthly Today
    The age of unentitlement
    Injustice is on the rise in the punitive welfare state
    Elle Hardy
    The age of unentitlement. Source
  2. 88 dangerous days
    A grieving mother describes the perils of Australia’s outback for working backpackers
    Rosie Ayliffe
    88 dangerous days. Source
  3. The Monthly Essays
    The girl in the room
    Anne Manne
  4. The Monthly Today
    The dim and distant past
    Shorten’s past won’t hinder Labor, but getting in the way of paid work might
    Jim Middleton
    The dim and distant past. Source
  5. The Nation Reviewed
    Sex and Secrets in Public Parks
    The Beat Goes On
    Sonya Hartnett
    Sex and Secrets in Public Parks. Illustration by Jeff Fisher


Pauline is no friend of the workers. Source
Pauline is no friend of the workers
One Nation’s leader claims to champion the working class, but her actions tell a different story
Nick Dyrenfurth
There’s no appeasing George. Source
There’s no appeasing George
George Christensen’s resignation as National Party whip changes little
Mungo MacCallum
American berserk. Illustration
American berserk
Donald Trump’s presidency feels both unprecedented and oddly familiar
Don Watson
Tasmania got gamed. Image of Wrest Point casino, Sandy Bay, Tasmania
Arts & Letters / Books
Tasmania got gamed
James Boyce’s ‘Losing Streak’ investigates how one family came to rule the state’s poker-machine industry
Amanda Lohrey


The shorter working week can work
It’s time to take the four-day work week seriously
Emma Dawson
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
Business as usual?. Image of men at board meeting
The Monthly Essays
Business as usual?
The confused case for corporate gender equality
Cordelia Fine


‘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
Backstage drama. Still from The Salesman
Arts & Letters / Film

Backstage drama

The domestic disquiet of Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’ gives way to suspense
Luke Davies
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 / Art

Sweet celebration

‘Sugar Spin’ at GOMA aims to please and to challenge
Sebastian Smee
Arts & Letters / Music

Who’s the boss now?

Bruce Springsteen is the consummate live performer
Anwen Crawford
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
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 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
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
Malcolm Turnbull: A brief lament. Illustration
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


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