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

The Cure’s permanent twilight

Culture / Music

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

Culture / Music

A music-loving Melbourne economist is revitalising a Mississippi town

The elevated horror of Ari Aster’s ‘Hereditary’

Culture / Film & Television / Film

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

‘Axiomatic’ by Maria Tumarkin. Cover of Axiomatic

‘Axiomatic’ by Maria Tumarkin

Culture / Books

This collection of bracing essays interrogates how we view the past


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Books


Jay Carmichael’s debut novel, ‘Ironbark’. Image of ‘Ironbark’

Jay Carmichael’s debut novel, ‘Ironbark’

A poetic account of adolescent alienation and masculinity in rural Australia

Rainshadow’s heart of darkness. Image of ‘The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow’ by Thea Astley

Rainshadow’s heart of darkness

On Thea Astley and her classic novel

‘Apple and Knife’: a riot of unruly women. Image of Intan Paramaditha’s ‘Apple and Knife’

‘Apple and Knife’: a riot of unruly women

A collection of playful and provocative short stories by Intan Paramaditha

Patrick White’s immigrant language. Image of Patrick White and Manoly Lascaris, Sydney, 1989

Patrick White’s immigrant language

White gained from his partner’s Greek Orthodoxy a sensibility that changed how he saw Australia

‘The Lebs’ by Michael Mohammed Ahmad. Cover of The Lebs

‘The Lebs’ by Michael Mohammed Ahmad

A fresh perspective on Muslim youth in Sydney’s west

Salvaging ANU’s sodden books . Illustration

Salvaging ANU’s sodden books

How and why did the Chifley Library flood?


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Music


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

Primitive Motion’s ‘House in the Wave’ and Totally Mild’s ‘Her’. Image of Primitive Motion

Primitive Motion’s ‘House in the Wave’ and Totally Mild’s ‘Her’

Two Australian groups use vocals to swoon-worthy effect

Mona Foma: Dark Mofo’s sunnier sister. An image from Mofo 2018

Mona Foma: Dark Mofo’s sunnier sister

A particularly genteel and suitably confusing festival

Inside the Hot Dub Time Machine

The Australian musical export that’s making history

What happened to indie music. Image of Neutral Milk Hotel

What happened to indie music

From Neutral Milk Hotel to Justin Timberlake


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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

Cannes Film Festival 2018 (part one). Image from ‘Cold War’

Cannes Film Festival 2018 (part one)

An ever-so-slightly off-key event

Tribeca Film Festival: highlights. Image from ‘Diane’

Tribeca Film Festival: highlights

Films made by and focusing on women stand out in 2018

‘Breath’: rehearsing masculinity on the waves. Image from ‘Breath’

‘Breath’: rehearsing masculinity on the waves

Simon Baker adapts Tim Winton’s coming-of-age novel for his directorial debut

Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Unsane’. Still from Unsane

Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Unsane’

The prolific director hits his own limits with this experiment in technology


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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

Meaning and play run deep at the ‘Museum of Water’. Image of detail from the Museum of Water at the Fremantle Arts Centre

Meaning and play run deep at the ‘Museum of Water’

The Perth Festival event encourages reflection on a precious resource

The NGV Triennial. Installation view of Mass by Ron Mueck, 2016–17

The NGV Triennial

A new exhibition series’ first instalment delivers a heady mix of populism and politics

‘Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age’. Johannes Vermeer, Woman Reading a Letter, 1663, oil on canvas, 46

‘Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age’

Treasures from Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum at the Art Gallery of New South Wales


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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


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’

The best of Australian arts 2013

Critics give their picks for the year’s top ten


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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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