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Looking for Joseph Merrick. Image of Daniel Monks as Joseph Merrick

Looking for Joseph Merrick

Malthouse Theatre’s ‘The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man’ runs the risk of erasing its protagonist
Alison Croggon

The united colours of Besson

Luc Besson discusses humanity, utopia and his latest film, ‘Valerian’
Luke Goodsell

Misogyny floats

The second season of ‘Top of the Lake’ once again battles male sexual and psychological violence
Steve Dow

The glow of nostalgia

Viewers are embracing new technology to watch shows that tap into a yearning for a pre-digital age
Myke Bartlett

The resurrection of Morris West

Australia’s biggest-selling author is largely unknown to contemporary readers – but that’s about to change
Simon Caterson

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

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  1. Looking for Joseph Merrick
    Malthouse Theatre’s ‘The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man’ runs the risk of erasing its protagonist
    Alison Croggon
    Looking for Joseph Merrick. Image of Daniel Monks as Joseph Merrick
  2. The united colours of Besson
    Luc Besson discusses humanity, utopia and his latest film, ‘Valerian’
    Luke Goodsell
  3. The Monthly Essays
    The gambler
    At home with David Walsh
    Richard Flanagan
    The gambler. David Walsh
  4. Misogyny floats
    The second season of ‘Top of the Lake’ once again battles male sexual and psychological violence
    Steve Dow
    Misogyny floats. Elisabeth Moss as Detective Senior Constable Robin Griffin and Gwendoline Christie as Constable Miranda Hilmarson in Top of the Lake: China Girl
  5. The Nation Reviewed
    Shocking art
    Video artist Heath Franco is making a name as a provocateur
    Darryn King
    Shocking art. Illustration

Books

Noted
‘Being Here: The Life of Paula Modersohn-Becker’ by Marie Darrieussecq
Trans. Penny Hueston; Text Publishing; $24.99
Helen Elliott
‘The Force’ stays with you
Don Winslow’s latest novel transcends the New York cop story clichés
Elle Hardy
Closeness from a distance. Cover of On the Java Ridge
Closeness from a distance
Jock Serong’s ‘On the Java Ridge’ shows us a world our politicians would prefer we didn’t see
Elle Hardy
A voice of a generation
Briohny Doyle’s ‘Adult Fantasy’ looks at the increasingly blurred definition of adulthood in the 21st century
Marta Skrabacz

Music

On the road again. Image of Jen Cloher
Arts & Letters / Music
On the road again
Jen Cloher’s self-titled album is a unique take on the trials of a touring musician
Anwen Crawford
The Monthly music wrap: July 2017.  Simon Holmes in the film clip for The Hummingbirds’ ‘Alimony’
The Monthly music wrap: July 2017
Vale Simon Holmes and Dr G Yunupingu
Anwen Crawford
Beyond the notes. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Beyond the notes
Venezuela’s Simón Bolívar String Quartet meet some of Melbourne’s youngest musicians
Chloe Hooper
Parallel universes. Photograph by Victoria Kovios
Arts & Letters / Music
Parallel universes
With their two new other-worldly albums, Shabazz Palaces continue to evade categorisation
Anwen Crawford

Film

Arts & Letters / Film
Under the covers
David Lowery’s ‘A Ghost Story’ successfully combines sorrow, absurdity and the supernatural
Luke Davies
Bleak house
‘Lady Macbeth’ is a cold and confronting take on the period drama
Harry Windsor
Arts & Letters / Film
Politics gets personal
Laura Poitras’ ‘Risk’ sidesteps the biggest question about Julian Assange
Robert Manne
Superpig in the city. Source
Superpig in the city
Director Bong Joon-ho on ‘Okja’, Netflix and the new cinema model
Luke Goodsell

Art

Where we live. Ian Strange, SOS, 2015-2017, archival digital print
Where we live
Ian Strange’s latest exhibition, ‘ISLAND’, explores our complex relationship with the family home
Richard King
Wonder, invention, anger and dejection. Reko Rennie, ‘OA_RR’ (detail), 2017
Arts & Letters / Art
Wonder, invention, anger and dejection
‘Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial’ at Canberra’s National Gallery of Australia
Sebastian Smee
Country needs people. Image of Yarrkalpa – Hunting Ground, Parnngurr Area, 2013
The Monthly Essays
Country needs people
Mapping and minding shared lands
Kim Mahood
What must be said. Rock Shadow from the series Body Remembers, 2016, Tracey Moffatt, © / Courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney and Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York
 
Arts & Letters / Art
What must be said
Australia’s Tracey Moffatt leads the way at the 57th Venice Biennale
Julie Ewington

Theatre

A crucible of memory. Image of The Rabble’s ‘Special’
Arts & Letters / Theatre
A crucible of memory
La Mama, one of Australia’s most influential theatre companies, turns 50
Alison Croggon
Bold as ‘SHIT’
Susie Dee and Patricia Cornelius deliver the wake-up call Australian theatre needs
Fiona McGregor
Modern family. © Daniel Boud
Modern family
Does the playful transgression of Caryl Churchill’s ‘Cloud Nine’ still have the capacity to shock?
Harry Windsor
A modern woman. Dale March and Miranda Daughtry in A Doll’s House
A modern woman
State Theatre Company South Australia updates Henrik Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’ for contemporary Australia
Jane Howard

Dance

‘Bennelong’ by Bangarra Dance Theatre. Beau Dean Riley Smith in Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Bennelong
Noted
‘Bennelong’ by Bangarra Dance Theatre
Sydney Opera House (touring Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne)
Fiona McGregor
The Nation Reviewed
Destiny’s children
Body Electric’s jazz ballet for adults
Nikki Lusk
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
The Monthly
First contact. Jasmin Sheppard as Patyegarang
Arts & Letters / Theatre
First contact
The secret history of Bangarra Dance Theatre’s ‘Patyegarang’
Steve Dow

Architecture

SOS. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
SOS
Brutalist masterpiece or harbour eyesore? Sydney’s Sirius building faces an uncertain future
David Neustein
Murcutt’s mosque. Roof detail of the Australian Islamic Centre
Arts & Letters / Architecture
Murcutt’s mosque
The Australian Islamic Centre is notable for what it isn’t as much as for what it is
David Neustein
The Nation Reviewed
Compressed contemporary
Durbach Block Jaggers is a practice in argument
Erik Jensen
Twelve of a kind. Crown Sydney image
Arts & Letters / Architecture
Twelve of a kind
Why is Australia planning so many new casinos?
David Neustein

Fashion

The artisan. Tanel Bedrossiantz, in a dress from the Jean Paul Gaultier Barbès collection, ready-to-wear, Autumn–Winter 1984–85
Arts & Letters / Fashion
The artisan
‘The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier’ at the National Gallery of Victoria
Karen de Perthuis
‘Modern Love: Fashion visionaries from the FIDM Museum LA’ . Sarah Caplan’s World Trade Center dress
Arts & Letters / Fashion
‘Modern Love: Fashion visionaries from the FIDM Museum LA’
At the Bendigo Art Gallery
Karen de Perthuis
The Nation Reviewed
RM Williams and haute couture
Karen de Perthuis
Arts & Letters / Masterpieces
Fashion masterpiece
Romance was born - ‘The Oracle’, 2011
Clare Press

Fiction

Noted
‘Clade’ by James Bradley
Hamish Hamilton; $32.99
Michael Lucy
Josephine Rowe
Story
Sinkers
The pencil and the damage done. Self-portrait with Easel and Mirror (1646), by Johannes Gumpp
Arts & Letters / Books
The pencil and the damage done
The perverse attraction of autobiographical fiction
Ceridwen Dovey
Arts & Letters / Noted
‘Golden Boys’ by Sonya Hartnett
Penguin; $29.99
Robyn Annear

Poetry

Arts & Letters / Poetry
Late styles
Clive James’ ‘Sentenced to Life’ and Les Murray’s ‘Waiting for the Past’
Justin Clemens
Majesty and burning. The young Dylan Thomas
Arts & Letters / Books
Majesty and burning
A century of Dylan Thomas
Kevin Rabalais
Wild Pilgrim. Ko Un, with his books
Arts & Letters / Poetry
Wild Pilgrim
Meeting Ko Un
Barry Hill
At the Table by the Window. Peter Steele
Arts & Letters
At the Table by the Window
Peter Steele (1939–2012)
Raimond Gaita
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