Blogs

The glow of nostalgia Viewers are embracing new technology to watch shows that tap into a yearning for a pre-digital age Myke Bartlett
Friday, 11th August 2017
Edgar Wright’s recent blockbuster Baby Driver saw its twenty-something protagonist armed with a dozen (apparently stolen) iPods, swapping between them to...
 
 
The resurrection of Morris West Australia’s biggest-selling author is largely unknown to contemporary readers – but that’s about to change Simon Caterson
Tuesday, 8th August 2017
According to religious belief, in order to be resurrected a person must first have died. In the world of publishing, the revival of a dead author’s body of...
 
 
Bad sports What is Foxtel doing with $30 million of taxpayers’ money? Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 7th August 2017
It was a week that featured the same-sex marriage imbroglio, the NBN disaster, the water-rorting in the Murray-Darling Basin endorsed by Barnaby Joyce, and...
 
 
A new location, familiar terrain Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan bring their signature banter – and talk of mortality – on ‘The Trip to Spain’ Anwen Crawford
Friday, 4th August 2017
Comedians Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan are not quite friends, but nor are they enemies. They are definitely rivals. In The Trip to Spain and its...
 
 
Where we live Ian Strange’s latest exhibition, ‘ISLAND’, explores our complex relationship with the family home Richard King
Tuesday, 1st August 2017
Raised in Perth and based in New York, the multidisciplinary artist Ian Strange is, like all migrants, a stranger in two lands. No doubt it is partly for...
 
 
Editor’s Note August 2017 Nick Feik
Tuesday, 1st August 2017
Many months ago, Paddy Manning began planning an essay about the Australian Greens for our August issue to coincide with the party’s 25th birthday. Week by...
 
 
It’s just the vibe of the thing Section 44 of the Constitution is not an adequate way of gauging allegiance to Australia Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 31st July 2017
Another fine mess the Constitution has got us into. ...
 
 
Life Is Strange Playing the part Is the new diversity in video-game characterisation liberating or appropriating? John Bailey
Sunday, 30th July 2017
I’m not sure how I felt after talking my friend K out of taking her own life. Relief, obviously. Perhaps something in the dim vicinity of pride. Mostly I...
 
 
‘The Force’ stays with you Don Winslow’s latest novel transcends the New York cop story clichés Elle Hardy
Sunday, 30th July 2017
Reading can be terrifying. Thumbing a beloved author’s next, or something so highly recommended that it can’t possibly meet expectations, the fear of what...
 
 
The Monthly music wrap: July 2017 Vale Simon Holmes and Dr G Yunupingu Anwen Crawford
Friday, 28th July 2017
In lieu of a news and music round-up, I want to pay tribute to two outstanding local musicians who passed away this month, both prematurely. ...
 
 

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