Adam Rivett


20 ENTRIES Adam Rivett is a Melbourne-based writer. He has written for The Lifted Brow, The Age, The Australian, Island, Fireflies and Seizure.


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John Darnielle’s ‘Devil House’

The Mountain Goats frontman’s diffuse third novel interrogates the true crime craze

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Kanye West’s burden of dreams: ‘Jeen-Yuhs’

The first two electrifying episodes of Netflix’s Kanye West documentary are badly let down by its dispiriting final part

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Slow motions: Clint Eastwood’s ‘Cry Macho’

Despite patient filmmaking, the 91-year-old director’s elegiac feature is unable to escape the legend of the man

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Hell’s kitchen: Karl Ove Knausgaard’s ‘The Morning Star’

The ‘My Struggle’ author’s first novel in 17 years considers the mundanity of everyday acts amid apocalyptic events

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‘Bewilderment’ by Richard Powers

The Pulitzer winner’s open-hearted reworking of ‘Flowers for Algernon’, updated for modern times

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No success like failure: Brandon Jack’s memoir ‘28’

The former Sydney Swans player restores a measure of dignity to defeat

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‘Black Widow’ and an endless future of adequate spectacle

On Marvel, Disney and the dismal state of the modern blockbuster

American gusto: James Ellroy’s ‘Widespread Panic’


American gusto: James Ellroy’s ‘Widespread Panic’

Pimps, peddlers and private eyes populate the latest novel by the ‘L.A. Confidential’ author

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‘What Are You Going Through’ by Sigrid Nunez

The late-life author of ‘The Friend’ delivers a chastening and discursive novel of mourning

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‘Antkind’ by Charlie Kaufman

The debut novel from the screenwriter and director of ‘Being John Malkovich’, ‘Synecdoche, New York’ and more is the zippiest postmodern, self-referential doorstop you’ll ever read

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Make ’em laugh: ‘Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming’

On surrendering to the altogether amusing madness of László Krasznahorkai’s prose

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‘A Couple of Things Before the End’ by Sean O’Beirne

The Australian author’s debut story collection confidently converts the linguistic detritus of our era into something of lasting value

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‘Stan & Ollie’: a beautiful lie

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly are perfectly cast in this affectionate biopic

‘Exploded View’ by Carrie Tiffany


‘Exploded View’ by Carrie Tiffany

This new novel is most striking in how it diverges from its predecessors

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Fair judgement without surrender: Chloe Hooper’s ‘The Arsonist’

The author of ‘The Tall Man’ tries to understand the motivations of a Black Saturday firebug