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A new career in a new town, just like the old career in the old town

With each season, ‘Better Call Saul’ feels more like a corrective to ‘Breaking Bad’
Adam Rivett
Superpig in the city. Source

Superpig in the city

Director Bong Joon-ho on ‘Okja’, Netflix and the new cinema model
Luke Goodsell

In revolt

Malthouse Theatre’s ‘Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.’ is an exciting but nihilistic condemnation of how contemporary feminism has been derailed.
Alison Croggon

Dark enlightenment

Hobart’s Dark Mofo is an illuminating reflection on myth, ritual, sex and death
Jenny Valentish

What is art for anyway?

Ian Potter Museum for Art’s ‘Vertigo Sea’ and ‘I was born in Indonesia’ are very different answers to the same question
Quentin Sprague

How to derail a campaign train

‘PACmen’ is a good old-fashioned look at the absurdities of US politics
Liam Pieper

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  1. A new career in a new town, just like the old career in the old town
    With each season, ‘Better Call Saul’ feels more like a corrective to ‘Breaking Bad’
    Adam Rivett
  2. Superpig in the city
    Director Bong Joon-ho on ‘Okja’, Netflix and the new cinema model
    Luke Goodsell
    Superpig in the city. Source
  3. In revolt
    Malthouse Theatre’s ‘Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.’ is an exciting but nihilistic condemnation of how contemporary feminism has been derailed.
    Alison Croggon
    In revolt. Photograph by Pia Johnson
  4. The Nation Reviewed
    Lee Lin’s double life
    Lee Lin Chin’s rise from SBS newsreader to queen of satire
    Benjamin Law
  5. Arts & Letters / Film
    Lowlife in the suburbs
    Ben Young’s ‘Hounds of Love’ presents horror in all-too-familiar surrounds
    Shane Danielsen
    Lowlife in the suburbs. Still from Hounds of Love

Books

Three grey days
Rachel Seiffert’s ‘A Boy in Winter’ chronicles the physical and psychological brutality of war from multiple perspectives
Kevin Rabalais
Untying the knot
John Safran explores the human tangles of belief and identity
Oscar Schwartz
‘Men Without Women’ by Haruki Murakami. Cover of Men Without Women
Noted
‘Men Without Women’ by Haruki Murakami
Harvill Secker; $35
Stephanie Bishop
‘Anything Is Possible’ by Elizabeth Strout. Cover of Anything Is Possible
Noted
‘Anything Is Possible’ by Elizabeth Strout
Viking; $29.99
Helen Elliott

Music

Time Lords. Image of Doctor Who producer Verity Lambert reviewing sound-effect tapes produced by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Arts & Letters / Music
Time Lords
The Radiophonic Workshop, creator of those ‘Doctor Who’ sound effects, is back
Anwen Crawford
Feel the divine. Alice Coltrane, circa 1970
Arts & Letters / Music
Feel the divine
A new compilation celebrates the devotional music of jazz legend Alice Coltrane
Anwen Crawford
Kendrick rising. Source
Kendrick rising
With his new album, ‘Damn’, Kendrick Lamar cements his status as the world’s reigning hip-hop artist
Anwen Crawford
Magic hands. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Magic hands
Russian piano superstar Daniil Trifonov teaches a masterclass in Melbourne
Chloe Hooper

Film

Netflix goes to war. Brad Pitt as General Glen McMahon in Netflix’s War Machine
Netflix goes to war
The streaming giant is paying big money for big names as it expands into film, but will that be enough?
Harry Windsor
The particular lives of ‘Certain Women’
Kelly Reichardt’s latest film is another quiet triumph
Anwen Crawford
Long time coming. Still from Get Out
Arts & Letters / Film
Long time coming
‘Get Out’ is a sharp mix of horror, satire and racial commentary
Shane Danielsen
Ich bin ein Brisbaner
‘Berlin Syndrome’ and the naivety of the tourist–artist
Luke Goodsell

Art

Sensory cycles. Image of ‘Snow-covered Field with a Harrow (After Millet)’
Arts & Letters / Art
Sensory cycles
‘Van Gogh and the Seasons’ at the National Gallery of Victoria
Sebastian Smee
After ‘Sovereignty’. ‘Sovereignty’, installation view, ACCA 2016
After ‘Sovereignty’
ACCA’s exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art was a long overdue success
Quentin Sprague
The state of our art. Image of Rose Nolan, Big Words – To keep going, breathing helps (circle work), 2016–17
Arts & Letters / Art
The state of our art
What does ‘The National’ say about contemporary Australian art?
Julie Ewington
Archives are us. Installation view of Brook Andrew: The Right to Offend is Sacred at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, 3 March–4 June 2017 
Photo: Wayne Taylor
Archives are us
The collected wisdom of Patrick Pound and Brook Andrew at NGV
Quentin Sprague

Theatre

The highs and lows of Shakespeare. Photograph by Jeff Busby
The highs and lows of Shakespeare
‘Macbeth’ at Melbourne Theatre Company attempts to draw on the tension between high and low art
Alison Croggon
Deconstructive criticism
‘Wild Bore’ at the Malthouse Theatre is an irreverent criticism of criticism itself
Alison Croggon
Shadowplay. © Pia Johnson
Shadowplay
Malthouse Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company’s co-production of ‘Away’ explores the shadows of Gow’s sunny and much-loved text
Alison Croggon
Theatre for grown-ups. Luisa Hastings in ‘Joan’ – created by The Rabble (Kate Davis and Emma Valente)
Theatre for grown-ups
‘Joan’, created by Kate Davis and Emma Valente, is sensory, shapeshifting theatre at its very best
Alison Croggon

Dance

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
Arts & Letters /
The best of Australian arts 2013
Critics give their picks for the year’s top ten
The Monthly

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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