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

Wildlife’s whispered traces: ‘Extinction Studies’

Culture / Art

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

Party of three: ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Okay’. Image from ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Okay’

Party of three: ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Okay’

Culture / Television

Australian comedian Josh Thomas brings his unique brand of comedy to the classic American sitcom format

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’

Culture / Theatre

Theatremaker Phelim McDermott on his highly personal collaboration with Philip Glass

A nightmare at sea: ‘The Lighthouse’. Image from ‘The Lighthouse’

A nightmare at sea: ‘The Lighthouse’

Culture / Film

Robert Eggers’ manic two-hander treads a fine line between artisanal delirium and cheerful base instinct


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

➊ Wildlife’s whispered traces: ‘Extinction Studies’

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

The gambler. David Walsh

➋ The gambler

At home with David Walsh

Days of future passed: William Gibson’s ‘Agency’. Image [detail] of Agency, by William Gibson

➌ Days of future passed: William Gibson’s ‘Agency’

The cyberpunk pioneer’s latest novel continues his examination of the present from the perspective of a post-apocalyptic future

The perfection of youth. Still from Call Me By Your Name

➍ The perfection of youth

Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Call Me By Your Name’ is a passionate, positive tale of first love

Books


‘A Couple of Things Before the End’ by Sean O’Beirne. Image of A Couple of Things Before the End, by Sean O'Beirne

‘A Couple of Things Before the End’ by Sean O’Beirne

The Australian author’s debut story collection confidently converts the linguistic detritus of our era into something of lasting value

Searching for the truth in Yuendumu. Image of Yuendumu

Searching for the truth in Yuendumu

Very little has been learnt from the death in custody on Palm Island

Julian Barnes’s playfully incisive ‘The Man in the Red Coat’. Image of Julian Barnes’s ‘The Man in the Red Coat’

Julian Barnes’s playfully incisive ‘The Man in the Red Coat’

This biography of a suave Belle Époque physician doubles as a literary response to Brexit

Damascene subversion: Christos Tsiolkas’s ‘Damascus’. Conversion on the way to Damascus by Caravaggio

Damascene subversion: Christos Tsiolkas’s ‘Damascus’

The literary storyteller’s latest novel wrestles with the mythology of Christianity’s founder, Paul the Apostle

Agents of chaos: Peter Pomerantsev’s ‘This Is Not Propaganda’ . Cover of Peter Pomerantsev’s ‘This Is Not Propaganda’ [detail]

Agents of chaos: Peter Pomerantsev’s ‘This Is Not Propaganda’

The Russian expat journalist wonders if democracy can survive the internet, as social media is used to promote feelings over facts

‘The Topeka School’ by Ben Lerner. Cover of ‘The Topeka School’

‘The Topeka School’ by Ben Lerner

The American author’s latest novel canvasses the seething hate speech of the burgeoning alt-right and white-boy rap battles in the Midwest


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Music


‘I’m with the Band: Nasty Cherry’. Image of Nasty Cherry

‘I’m with the Band: Nasty Cherry’

This Netflix series pays lip service to female empowerment in the music industry, but ultimately reinforces its limits

Bodak moment: Pop’s decade of superstars. Image of Cardi B

Bodak moment: Pop’s decade of superstars

Cardi B delivered the song of the decade as a new league of superstars overcame the significance of bands

Don’t look back in anger: Liam and Noel Gallagher. Photo of Liam Gallagher

Don’t look back in anger: Liam and Noel Gallagher

As interest in Oasis resurges, talking to the combative brothers recalls their glory years as ‘dirty chancers, stealing riffs instead of Ford Fiestas’

The Church frontman Steve Kilbey. Image of Steve Kilbey

The Church frontman Steve Kilbey

The prolific singer-songwriter reflects on four decades and counting in music

A way home: Archie Roach. Image of Archie Roach

A way home: Archie Roach

The writer of ‘Took the Children Away’ delivers a memoir of his Stolen Generations childhood and an album of formative songs

All Tomorrow’s Parties. Image of Earthcore, 2005

All Tomorrow’s Parties

The life and death of Spiro Boursinos, impresario of rave culture’s pioneering event Earthcore


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Film


Enter Sandman: ‘Uncut Gems’. Image from ‘Uncut Gems’

Enter Sandman: ‘Uncut Gems’

Adam Sandler does what he does best in the Safdie brothers’ cosmic indie thriller

Kills, frills and Kelly aches: Justin Kurzel’s ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’. Image from True History of the Kelly Gang

Kills, frills and Kelly aches: Justin Kurzel’s ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’

The Australian director brings a welcome sense of style to the unusually malleable story

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘The Truth’. Image from ‘The Truth’

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘The Truth’

The Palme D’Or winner on working with the iconic Catherine Deneuve in his first film set outside Japan

Four seasons in 11 days: ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’. Image from ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’

Four seasons in 11 days: ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’

Céline Sciamma’s impeccable study of desire and freedom is a slow burn

Big in Morocco. Gillian Armstrong and Jack Thompson at the at the Marrakech International Film Festival

Big in Morocco

Australian cinema finds a new audience at the Marrakech International Film Festival

Mati Diop’s haunting ‘Atlantics’. Image from ‘Atlantics’

Mati Diop’s haunting ‘Atlantics’

The French-Senegalese director channels ancient fables and contemporary nightmares in this ghostly love story


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Television


Streaming highlights: November 2019. Image from ‘The Crown’

Streaming highlights: November 2019

‘The Crown’, ‘For All Mankind’ and ‘Dickinson’ offer new perspectives on history, and pragmatism meets pyramid schemes in ‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’

War for attention. Composite image of ‘The Madalorian’ and ‘Morning Wars’

War for attention

The launch of Apple TV+ and Disney+ raises the stakes in the streaming wars

It’s complicated: ‘The Hunting’. Image from ‘The Hunting’

It’s complicated: ‘The Hunting’

This Australian series offers a sophisticated examination of teenage lives online

Streaming highlights: October 2019. Image from ‘Modern Love’

Streaming highlights: October 2019

The anthology makes a comeback with ‘Modern Love’ and ‘Criminal’; new ‘Harlots’; and ‘Living with Yourself’ delivers low-key high-tech farce

Streaming highlights: September 2019. Image from ‘Unbelievable’

Streaming highlights: September 2019

‘Unbelievable’ and ‘Murder in the Bayou’ expose cultures that devalue women; ‘Shrill’ warmly challenges prejudice; and ‘The Politician’ takes student politics to another level

Fighting power: ‘Total Control’. Image from ‘Total Control’

Fighting power: ‘Total Control’

Deborah Mailman on her fearless role in the political drama that tackles racism and sexism head-on


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Art


‘Matisse & Picasso’: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Image of L’Arlésienne [detail], by Pablo Picasso

‘Matisse & Picasso’: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Hanging works by the two masters together highlights their artistic rivalry and mutual influence

True colours: ‘All Auras Touch’ at Carriageworks. Image from ‘All Auras Touch’

True colours: ‘All Auras Touch’ at Carriageworks

Work matters in artist Kate Mitchell’s exploration of the fundamental connections between people

Water water. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Water water

GOMA’s ‘Water’ exhibition brings an Icelandic stream indoors in Brisbane

‘Japan supernatural’. Utagawa Yoshimori, The Tongue-cut Sparrow [detail]

‘Japan supernatural’

The Art Gallery of NSW’s examination of Japan’s centuries-long artistic traditions depicting the spirit world and the macabre

Coming forth like the first light: Tarnanthi 2019. Installation view of Tarnanthi at the AGSA

Coming forth like the first light: Tarnanthi 2019

This South Australian festival celebrates the rich diversity of contemporary Indigenous art

‘Civilization: The Way We Live Now’ . Image of ‘Wild River, Florida’

‘Civilization: The Way We Live Now’

The beautiful photographs of often grim subjects in NGV Australia’s exhibition raise questions over the medium’s power to critique


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Theatre


‘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

A tale of triumph and exploitation: ‘Black Cockatoo’. Images of Aaron McGrath rehearsing as Johnny Mullagh in ‘Black Cockatoo’

A tale of triumph and exploitation: ‘Black Cockatoo’

The little-known story of history-making Aboriginal cricketer Johnny Mullagh and his team is told in this new play

Patricia Cornelius: No going gently. Patricia Cornelius

Patricia Cornelius: No going gently

‘Anthem’ marks the return of the Australian playwright’s working-class theatre

Much ado about Barry. Image of Dame Edna Everage

Much ado about Barry

On Humphries’s brand of confronting comedy and the renaming of the Barry Award

‘Manus’: troubling and obligatory viewing. Image from ‘Manus’

‘Manus’: troubling and obligatory viewing

An Iranian play brings stories of Australia’s offshore detention centres to the Adelaide Festival


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Dance


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)

Destiny’s children

Body Electric’s jazz ballet for adults


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Architecture


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

Compressed contemporary

Durbach Block Jaggers is a practice in argument


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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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