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‘The Fireflies of Autumn’: a bittersweet take on the Tuscan idyll. Image of Moreno Giovannoni’s ‘The Fireflies of Autumn’

‘The Fireflies of Autumn’: a bittersweet take on the Tuscan idyll

Culture / Books

Moreno Giovannoni’s debut collection examines dislocation in a way rarely seen

Dirty work in Clayton Jacobson’s ‘Brothers’ Nest’. Still from Brothers’ Nest

Dirty work in Clayton Jacobson’s ‘Brothers’ Nest’

Culture / Film & Television / Film

The filmmakers behind ‘Kenny’ take a darker turn

Duals duel in ‘Counterpart’. Image from ‘Counterpart’

Duals duel in ‘Counterpart’

Culture / Film & Television / Television

J.K. Simmons goes through the looking glass in this science-fiction espionage series

‘Colony’ at NGV Australia. Image of Michael Cook, Court (2014), no

‘Colony’ at NGV Australia

Culture / Art

Twin exhibitions explore the very different experiences of settlement for European and Indigenous peoples


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Books


The end of American diplomacy: Ronan Farrow’s ‘War on Peace’. Image of Ronan Farrow

The end of American diplomacy: Ronan Farrow’s ‘War on Peace’

The Pulitzer Prize winner explains how the State Department’s problems started long before Trump

‘Kudos’ by Rachel Cusk. Cover of Kudos

‘Kudos’ by Rachel Cusk

A masterful trilogy concludes

Storyteller Sofija Stefanovic’s ‘Miss Ex-Yugoslavia’. Image of ‘Miss Ex-Yugoslavia’ by Sofija Stefanovic

Storyteller Sofija Stefanovic’s ‘Miss Ex-Yugoslavia’

A vivid account of growing up in a time of war, between two worlds

Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre. Image of ‘Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre’

Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre

An extract from the book marking the massacre’s 180th anniversary

Hotel Golf. Image of Helen Garner

Hotel Golf

Helen Garner on life, anger and judgement

‘Axiomatic’ by Maria Tumarkin. Cover of Axiomatic

‘Axiomatic’ by Maria Tumarkin

This collection of bracing essays interrogates how we view the past


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Music


Angélique Kidjo reinvents Talking Heads’ ‘Remain in Light’. Image of Angélique Kidjo

Angélique Kidjo reinvents Talking Heads’ ‘Remain in Light’

This remake of the 1980 classic insists on the connections between musical traditions

Dark Mofo: an easy cell. Image from Dark Mofo 2018

Dark Mofo: an easy cell

Incarceration is a recurring theme at Mona’s 2018 winter arts festival

The Cure’s permanent twilight. Image of The Cure in Brazil, 1987

The Cure’s permanent twilight

Robert Smith and co. are celebrating 40 years of the band. Why do they still inspire such love?

Curing Clarksdale’s blues. Illustration

Curing Clarksdale’s blues

A music-loving Melbourne economist is revitalising a Mississippi town

The Monthly music wrap: April 2018. Image of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunipingu

The Monthly music wrap: April 2018

Gurrumul’s ‘Djarimirri’ makes history

Young Fathers’ ‘Cocoa Sugar’. Photo by Julia Noni

Young Fathers’ ‘Cocoa Sugar’

The Scottish group’s third album proves they don’t sound like anyone else


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Film


The gleeful misanthropy of ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’. Image from ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’

The gleeful misanthropy of ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’

Chaos saves the dinosaurs in this latest franchise instalment

Opportunity wasted in ‘Ocean’s 8’. Image from ‘Ocean’s 8’

Opportunity wasted in ‘Ocean’s 8’

The female-led blockbuster is a squandered chance to better represent women on screen

The elevated horror of Ari Aster’s ‘Hereditary’

This debut feature will test the mettle of even the most hardened genre fans

Soft-centred subversion: ‘Tully’. Image from ‘Tully’

Soft-centred subversion: ‘Tully’

Truth bombs are disarmed by the nuclear family in Diablo Cody’s latest film

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: a safe take on the rogue’s origin story. Image from ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: a safe take on the rogue’s origin story

Ron Howard’s entertaining prequel is missing the looseness Han deserves

Cannes Film Festival 2018 (part two). Image from ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’

Cannes Film Festival 2018 (part two)

Despite an off-key start, this year’s event ended on a high


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Art


ZERO is the beginning. Image of ‘Spiegelenvironment’ by Christian Megert

ZERO is the beginning

A new exhibition at Mona brings the light to Dark Mofo

‘The Field Revisited’ and ‘Robert Hunter’ at NGV Australia. Image of Janet Dawson’s ‘Rollascape’

‘The Field Revisited’ and ‘Robert Hunter’ at NGV Australia

Two exhibitions re-examine landmark Australian art

‘The Lady and the Unicorn’ at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Sight, c1500, from The Lady and the Unicorn series, wool and silk, 312 cm x 330 cm

‘The Lady and the Unicorn’ at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Six exquisite tapestries form one of the great works of medieval art

The 21st Biennale of Sydney. Image of Khvay Samnang, Human Nature, 2010–11,

The 21st Biennale of Sydney

This latest edition offers a contemporary take on elemental balance

‘Colours of Impressionism’: a fascinating showcase of the ephemeral. Image of ‘La bouée rouge’ by Paul Signac

‘Colours of Impressionism’: a fascinating showcase of the ephemeral

Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay at the Art Gallery of South Australia

‘Divided Worlds’ documents wholeness. Image of work by Tamara Dean at the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art

‘Divided Worlds’ documents wholeness

Contrary to its name, this year’s Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art emphasises unity


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Theatre


‘Blackie Blackie Brown’ at STC and Malthouse Theatre. Image from ‘Blackie Blackie Brown’ at STC

‘Blackie Blackie Brown’ at STC and Malthouse Theatre

Playwright Nakkiah Lui’s latest delivers comedy and carnage at a bracing pace

Epic theatre. Image from Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’

Epic theatre

Technology intensifies the Brechtian in a recent series of productions

‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’: history is an infinite loop. Image from Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’

‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’: history is an infinite loop

The Sydney Theatre Company production brings Brecht’s parable closer to home

‘Hamlet’ reinvigorated as opera. Image of ‘Hamlet’

‘Hamlet’ reinvigorated as opera

Brett Dean and Neil Armfield reimagine the Shakespearean tragedy at the Adelaide Festival

Patient simulation. Illustration

Patient simulation

Some actors intentionally suffer for their art

Ivo van Hove: It’s only theatre. Kings of War

Ivo van Hove: It’s only theatre

The prolific director is bringing jumbotron Shakespeare to the Adelaide Festival


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Dance


The mesmerising ‘Dark Emu’. Image from Bangarra Dance Theatre’s ‘Dark Emu’

The mesmerising ‘Dark Emu’

Bangarra’s latest production explores Aboriginal Australians’ sophisticated farming practices

Dance and the digital: An interview with Wayne McGregor. Tree of Codes

Dance and the digital: An interview with Wayne McGregor

The Sydney Festival-bound show’s choreographer loves mixing the body with technology

‘Bennelong’ by Bangarra Dance Theatre. Beau Dean Riley Smith in Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Bennelong

‘Bennelong’ by Bangarra Dance Theatre

Sydney Opera House (touring Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne)

Destiny’s children

Body Electric’s jazz ballet for adults

The best of Australian arts 2014. Tammy Wynette (2014) by Linda Marrinon

The best of Australian arts 2014

Critics give their picks for the year’s top ten

First contact. Jasmin Sheppard as Patyegarang

First contact

The secret history of Bangarra Dance Theatre’s ‘Patyegarang’


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Architecture


This is not an opera house. Image of the Sydney Opera House

This is not an opera house

Beautiful on the outside … the tragedy of Bennelong Point

SOS. Illustration

SOS

Brutalist masterpiece or harbour eyesore? Sydney’s Sirius building faces an uncertain future

Murcutt’s mosque. Roof detail of the Australian Islamic Centre

Murcutt’s mosque

The Australian Islamic Centre is notable for what it isn’t as much as for what it is

Compressed contemporary

Durbach Block Jaggers is a practice in argument

Twelve of a kind. Crown Sydney image

Twelve of a kind

Why is Australia planning so many new casinos?

All the world’s futures. Fiona Hall, Vaporised 2014, Australian pavilion, Venice Biennale 2015

All the world’s futures

Power and resistance at the 56th Venice Biennale


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Fashion


Straight outta Narrandera. Illustration

Straight outta Narrandera

Victoria Lee takes on the Victoria’s Secret runway

The artisan. Tanel Bedrossiantz, in a dress from the Jean Paul Gaultier Barbès collection, ready-to-wear, Autumn–Winter 1984–85

The artisan

‘The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier’ at the National Gallery of Victoria

‘Modern Love: Fashion visionaries from the FIDM Museum LA’ . Sarah Caplan’s World Trade Center dress

RM Williams and haute couture

The iconic Australian brand has a new co-owner

Fashion masterpiece

Romance was born - ‘The Oracle’, 2011

Jewel of Melbourne. Illustration by Jeff Fisher


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Fiction


Unfinished business: A short story

Can a young wartime couple pick up where they left off?

‘Clade’ by James Bradley

Hamish Hamilton; $32.99

Sinkers

The pencil and the damage done. Self-portrait with Easel and Mirror (1646), by Johannes Gumpp

The pencil and the damage done

The perverse attraction of autobiographical fiction

‘Golden Boys’ by Sonya Hartnett

Penguin; $29.99


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Poetry


Late styles

Clive James’ ‘Sentenced to Life’ and Les Murray’s ‘Waiting for the Past’

Majesty and burning. The young Dylan Thomas

Majesty and burning

A century of Dylan Thomas

Wild Pilgrim. Ko Un, with his books

Wild Pilgrim

Meeting Ko Un

'Radar' by Kevin Brophy and Nathan Curnow. 'Radar' by Kevin Brophy and Nathan Curnow, Walleah Press; $25
At the Table by the Window. Peter Steele

At the Table by the Window

Peter Steele (1939–2012)


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