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Now, then: Yanis Varoufakis’s ‘Another Now’. Image of Yanis Varoufakis’s ‘Another Now’

Now, then: Yanis Varoufakis’s ‘Another Now’

Culture / Books

The economist and author’s alternative future asks clarifying questions about the present

‘A New Britannia’ turns 50. Humphrey McQueen (Image © Karen Donnelly) and A New Britannia

‘A New Britannia’ turns 50

Culture / Books / Society / History

Humphrey McQueen’s influential book questioned the nation-building myths of the time

Character study: Craig Silvey on ‘Honeybee’. Image of author Craig Silvey

Character study: Craig Silvey on ‘Honeybee’

Culture / Books

The author’s first novel since ‘Jasper Jones’ raises questions about who should tell contemporary trans stories

Cocktail hour: ‘On the Rocks’. Image of Bill Murray and Rashida Jones in On the Rocks

Cocktail hour: ‘On the Rocks’

Culture / Film

Bill Murray and Rashida Jones are a formidable duo in Sofia Coppola’s new film


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➊ Lost for words

Bryan Dawe on life without John Clarke

Now, then: Yanis Varoufakis’s ‘Another Now’. Image of Yanis Varoufakis’s ‘Another Now’

➋ Now, then: Yanis Varoufakis’s ‘Another Now’

The economist and author’s alternative future asks clarifying questions about the present

➌ ‘The Lying Life of Adults’ by Elena Ferrante

The Neapolitan author returns to characters driven by compulsions and tensions of class

➍ ‘The Time of Our Lives’ by Robert Dessaix

The memoirist’s latest, surprisingly unsettling instalment

Books


In our nature: ‘Vesper Flights’

Helen Macdonald explores how the study of animals reveals unknown aspects of ourselves

Loving polyamory . Image of Poly by Paul Dalgarno

Loving polyamory

Debut novel ‘Poly’ normalises masculine anxiety and open relationships

Australian gothic: ‘The Mother Fault’

Kate Mildenhall’s unrelenting thriller writes into the space between the domestic and the political

Attack on language: ‘Surviving Autocracy’ and ‘Twilight of Democracy’ . Detail of cover of ‘Surviving Autocracy’

Attack on language: ‘Surviving Autocracy’ and ‘Twilight of Democracy’

Masha Gessen and Anne Applebaum sound alarms on how ‘post-truth’ public debate leaves us mute in the face of autocracy

Chelmsford revisited. Images of members of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights at the Chelmsford royal commission, 1990

Chelmsford revisited

Thirty years on from the excoriating royal commission, two practitioners of deep sleep therapy seek redemption in a defamation case that again blames Scientologists for their downfall

‘Little Eyes’ by Samanta Schweblin (trans. Megan McDowell) . Cover of ‘Little Eyes’

‘Little Eyes’ by Samanta Schweblin (trans. Megan McDowell)

Intimacy and privacy blur as people adopt cybernetic pets inhabited remotely by others, in this disturbing speculative fiction


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Music


Soul music: Kev Carmody. © Joseph Mayers

Soul music: Kev Carmody

The life of a great Australian songwriter

Listening to Roberta Flack. © Michael Putland / Getty Images

Listening to Roberta Flack

‘First Take’, released 50 years ago, still echoes through the present

The shifting interior: Chris Smith’s ‘Second Hand Smoke’. Image of Second Hand Smoke by Chris Smith

The shifting interior: Chris Smith’s ‘Second Hand Smoke’

The home-recording Melbourne guitarist’s first album in more than a decade is free-ranging yet ruminative

Hello, Nasty: Janet Jackson’s sound of rebellion. Image of Janet Jackson

Hello, Nasty: Janet Jackson’s sound of rebellion

A new analysis of ‘The Velvet Rope’ shows the controversial artist in transition

The trenches of Mount Druitt: OneFour. Image of OneFour rapper J Emz

The trenches of Mount Druitt: OneFour

Australia’s most infamous hip-hop act is an all-Pasifika group born of Western Sydney’s violent postcode wars

Audio tapestry. Image of Dolly Parton

Audio tapestry

A tangle of red tape is robbing us of music podcasts in Australia


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Film


Body politic: ‘Boys State’

American democracy is documented in all its gangly, acne-mottled glory

Bunkered down: ‘The Translators’. Still from The Translators

Bunkered down: ‘The Translators’

With a confusing plot and a reliance on clichés, the French thriller fails to excite

A tribute to Chadwick Boseman. Image of Chadwick Boseman at the NAACP Image Awards in March 2019

A tribute to Chadwick Boseman

The ‘Black Panther’ star was also a role model to black youth

Milk it: ‘First Cow’. Image from First Cow

Milk it: ‘First Cow’

Kelly Reichardt’s restrained frontier film considers the uneasy problems of money and resources

America’s imperfect angels: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’. Image from ‘Hamilton’

America’s imperfect angels: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’

Post Black Lives Matter, the hit musical already feels like a souvenir from a vanished pre-Trump America

MIFF 68 ½ at home. Image from Day in the Life by Karrabing Film Collective

MIFF 68 ½ at home

Films by Kelly Reichardt, Ulrike Ottinger, Ja’Tovia Gary and Djibril Diop Mambéty captivate, despite a radically different festival format


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Television


Processing trauma: ‘I May Destroy You’. Image of Michaela Coel as Arabella in I May Destroy You

Processing trauma: ‘I May Destroy You’

Michaela Coel’s inventive series charting sexual assault and creativity is this month’s streaming standout

‘Cinematic’ television: ‘ZeroZeroZero’ . Image from ‘ZeroZeroZero’

‘Cinematic’ television: ‘ZeroZeroZero’

Forget comparisons to cinema, TV is developing its own compelling aesthetic

Look back in horror: ‘Lovecraft Country’. Image of Courtney B

Look back in horror: ‘Lovecraft Country’

The monsters are both supernatural and human in HBO’s recasting of the horror genre

Pole position. Still from P-Valley

Pole position

Eschewing clichés and reflecting inclusiveness on both sides of the camera, ‘P-Valley’ tops this month’s streaming highlights

Sex, life: The fundamental queerness of ‘Vida’. Image of Mishel Prada and Melissa Barrera as sisters Emma and Lyn Hernandez in Vida

Sex, life: The fundamental queerness of ‘Vida’

Even the hetero sex is bent in Tanya Saracho’s steamy series

Within the earth’s archive: ‘Mystery Road’. Image of Aaron Pedersen as Jay Swan and Jada Alberts as Fran Davis in season two of Mystery Road

Within the earth’s archive: ‘Mystery Road’

Detective Jay Swan offers new possibilities for Australian screen culture


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Art


The full postcolonial catastrophe: ‘Nirin’. Image of works in the Art Gallery of NSW

The full postcolonial catastrophe: ‘Nirin’

Intellectually ambitious, the Biennale of Sydney’s 2020 program is essential viewing

Grotesqueries: Adelaide Biennial 2020. Installation view: 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres featuring Understudy by Abdul Abdullah, Art Gallery of South Australia; photo © Saul Steed

Grotesqueries: Adelaide Biennial 2020

Leigh Robb’s absorbing curation, ‘Monster Theatres’, is both artistically and politically coherent

‘Japanese Modernism’ . Image of Hisui Sugiura's colour lithograph The first subway in the East (1927)

‘Japanese Modernism’

The NGV’s virtual show is a playful celebration of Japan’s moga (modern girls) and mobo (modern boys), full of optimism for the future

Desert bloom: The Tennant Creek Brio . Photograph of Tennant Creek Brio artists by Jesse Marlow / Institute

Desert bloom: The Tennant Creek Brio

The brazen art movement born out of the troubled legacies of substance abuse and dispossession

Wildlife’s whispered traces: ‘Extinction Studies’. Image from ‘Extinction Studies’

Wildlife’s whispered traces: ‘Extinction Studies’

Lucienne Rickard’s durational art performance at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery reckons with extinct species

Stopped in the street: ‘Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines’. Untitled (Pollo Frito), 1982, by Jean-Michel Basquiat

Stopped in the street: ‘Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines’

Early death meant the work of these renowned artists never fully emerged from ’80s New York subcultures


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Theatre


Reimagining ‘Breaking the Waves’. Image from ‘Breaking the Waves’

Reimagining ‘Breaking the Waves’

The creators of this opera on how it adds new depths and agency to von Trier’s 1996 film

The Doctor’s dilemma. Image from ‘The Doctor’

The Doctor’s dilemma

Director Robert Icke on rewriting the classic Austrian play to explore contemporary moral conundrums

Celebrating beauty’s passing: ‘Requiem’. Image from ‘Requiem’

Celebrating beauty’s passing: ‘Requiem’

Italian director Romeo Castellucci on his radical reimagining of Mozart’s classic

A dream within a dream: ‘Tao of Glass’. Image of Philip Glass and Phelim McDermott composing ‘Tao of Glass’

A dream within a dream: ‘Tao of Glass’

Theatremaker Phelim McDermott on his highly personal collaboration with Philip Glass

‘Hecate’: honouring two storytelling traditions. Image of actors rehearsing ‘Hecate’

‘Hecate’: honouring two storytelling traditions

Australia’s first major Shakespearean production in Noongar language will retell ‘Macbeth’ at Perth Festival

Joan Didion’s eerily contemporary ‘The White Album’. Image of ‘Joan Didion’s “The White Album”’

Joan Didion’s eerily contemporary ‘The White Album’

The seminal essay’s ongoing resonance is explored in this interactive production coming to Sydney Festival


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Dance


A study in contrasts: ‘Trois Grandes Fugues’ and ‘Black Velvet’. Image of ‘Trois Grandes Fugues’ by Lyon Opera Ballet

A study in contrasts: ‘Trois Grandes Fugues’ and ‘Black Velvet’

These performances by the Lyon Opera Ballet and Shamel Pitts at the Adelaide Festival explore the body’s formidable potential

Form and content collide at Dance Massive . Nana Biluš Abaffy’s Post Reality Vision

Form and content collide at Dance Massive

Choreography meets politics at this contemporary dance festival

Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company is bringing light and shade to Australia. Image of Teatro alla Scala’s Frederic Olivieri, Nicoletta Manni and Timofej Adrijashenko

Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company is bringing light and shade to Australia

A conversation with members of the Italian company ahead of their tour to Brisbane

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)


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Architecture


Plans never imagined: Architect Timothy Hill. Image of Longhouse, Daylesford, Victoria

Plans never imagined: Architect Timothy Hill

The ‘Longhouse’ and the ‘Multihouse’ confirm the director of Partners Hill as the country’s most important and influential architect of the past 30 years

Two worlds at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale. Image of Australian pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale

Two worlds at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale

The consumption of space, land and habitat is Australia’s focus at the world’s pre-eminent architecture event

Walking the Wukalina Walk. Illustration

Walking the Wukalina Walk

A new four-day tour in Tasmania is owned and guided by Aboriginal people

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


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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

Karl Ove Knausgaard’s ‘Boyhood Island’. Karl Ove Knausgaard

Karl Ove Knausgaard’s ‘Boyhood Island’

The third volume of the epic autobiographical novel ‘My Struggle’


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Poetry


Barron Field and the myth of terra nullius. Detail of a painting of Barron Field

Barron Field and the myth of terra nullius

How a minor poet made a major historical error

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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