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The art of the hustle in the Safdie Brothers’ ‘Good Time’

The lo-fi New Yorkers take on a Robert Pattinson–starring genre thriller
Harry Windsor
Simon Leys, navigator between worlds. Cover of Navigator Between Worlds

Simon Leys, navigator between worlds

Reflections on one of the great essayists at the launch of a new biography
Martin Krygier

Girls and the grotesque in ‘Sour Heart’

Jenny Zhang’s short-story collection offers complex, radical versions of immigrant girlhood
Jessica Au

The treasures and pleasures of bibliophiles in ‘The Library’

Stuart Kells celebrates book collections real and imagined, tangible and intangible
Adam Rivett

The possibilities of flux at the TarraWarra International

Five Australian and international artists engage with history, impermanence and decay
Quentin Sprague
Vox

Lucky Luke

The Darwin poet whose muse is a dialysis machine
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Music

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Zoë Morrison
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Film

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Lauren Carroll Harris
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Art

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A beautiful chaos
The Artful Dodgers Studios is a haven for young artists and musicians
Jaye Kranz
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Ian Strange’s latest exhibition, ‘ISLAND’, explores our complex relationship with the family home
Richard King
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‘Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial’ at Canberra’s National Gallery of Australia
Sebastian Smee
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Theatre

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Taylor Mac’s ‘HIR’ at Belvoir is not your average kitchen-sink drama
Fiona McGregor
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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
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Dance

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Architecture

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Compressed contemporary
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Twelve of a kind
Why is Australia planning so many new casinos?
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Fashion

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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
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Fiction

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‘Clade’ by James Bradley
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Poetry

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