August 2014

Arts & Letters

Virtually pointless

By David Neustein
At the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, ‘Augmented Australia’ fails to impress

David Neustein

David Neustein is The Monthly’s architecture critic.

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The 'Augmented Australia' app in action. © Alexander Mayes Photography

August 2014

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Eliza Hittman’s abortion drama is marked by the emotional solidarity of its teen protagonists

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Airbrushed horror: Ben Wheatley’s ‘Rebecca’

The new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s gothic tale is visually lush, but lacks the novel’s nuance


In This Issue

Illustration

Must we choose between climate-change action and freedom of speech?

The science is clear, but the way forward is not

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Art Gallery NSW’s Michael Brand

Adventures in the artefact business

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Australia’s $60 billion submarine dilemma

A decision on our underwater fleet cannot be put off much longer

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The women of Papua New Guinea’s village courts

Being a magistrate in the Eastern Highlands is not for the faint of heart


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Róisín Murphy’s latest album is unusually mature pop driven by restlessness

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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

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Walking the Wukalina Walk

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

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


Read on

Image of Anya Taylor-Joy as Beth Harmon in The Queen’s Gambit.

Chequered careers: ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ and ‘The Good Lord Bird’

Among October’s streaming highlights are stories of a teenage chess prodigy and a zealous abolitionist

Image showing Sidney Flanigan as Autumn and Talia Ryder as Skylar

Quiet desperation: ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’

Eliza Hittman’s abortion drama is marked by the emotional solidarity of its teen protagonists

Image from Rebecca, with Kristin Scott Thomas as Mrs Danvers and Lily James as Mrs de Winter

Airbrushed horror: Ben Wheatley’s ‘Rebecca’

The new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s gothic tale is visually lush, but lacks the novel’s nuance

Former prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull with a screenshot of Turnbull’s confirmation of signing the petition

The Corp’s bride

Despite a widely supported petition, the government is too scared to take on the Murdoch empire


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