July 2014

Arts & Letters

‘All the Light We Cannot See’ by Anthony Doerr

By Ronnie Scott
HarperCollins; $29.99

Ronnie Scott

Ronnie Scott is the author of Salad Days and editor of The Best of The Lifted Brow.

@ronlddavidscott


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From the front page

Image of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg delivering the federal budget. Image via ABC News

Spendathon or spinathon?

With an election looming, the Coalition seeks a political recovery

The era of Xi Jinping

On the China Dream and the guiding ideology of Xi Jinping

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Mind over meta: ‘No One Is Talking About This’

The debut novel from the extremely online Patricia Lockwood considers how the virtual invades the real

Image of artwork by Sarah Goffman

How to lose her voice

On testimonial injustice and the ways women are silenced


In This Issue

Rolf Harris performing 'Jake the Peg' in 1966. © Bill Orchard / Rex Features

Inside the strange world of Rolf Harris

Behind the wobbleboard

Querulants

What makes a litigant turn vexatious?

Claudette

Remembering “the oldest living transsexual in captivity”

Indonesia on the brink of change

Elizabeth Pisani’s ‘Indonesia Etc.’ and Hamish McDonald’s ‘Demokrasi’


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Lodestar: ‘Supernova’

Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth star in Harry Macqueen’s quiet elegy to a loving relationship in its twilight

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Always tomorrow: ‘Promises’

Legendary saxophonist Pharoah Sanders joins electronic musician Floating Points and the London Symphony Orchestra for a compositionally minimalist album

Girls don’t cry: Arlo Parks and Phoebe Bridgers

Two young musicians spark the old double standard of judging female artists who demonstrate their pain


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‘Second Place’ by Rachel Cusk

After her landmark ‘Outline’ trilogy, the author’s latest novel is inspired by a memoir about D.H. Lawrence in New Mexico

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‘Fury’ by Kathryn Heyman

With stripped-down eloquence, the Australian novelist delivers a raging memoir about her rape as a teenager

‘On the Line’ by Joseph Ponthus

Poetry is found in the processing plants of Brittany

Image of Clarice Beckett’s ‘Wet day, Brighton’, 1929. Oil on board. Gift of Alastair Hunter OAM and the late Tom Hunter in memory of Elizabeth through the AGSA Foundation.

‘Clarice Beckett: The Present Moment’

This AGSA exhibition goes a long way to redress an Australian artist’s meagre reputation


Read on

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On the China Dream and the guiding ideology of Xi Jinping

Still from Shane Meadows’ ‘The Virtues’

Vice grip: ‘The Virtues’

Shane Meadows’ astonishing series stems from a late reckoning with his own childhood abuse

Cover image of ‘The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen’

Body language: ‘The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen’

Echoing folktales and fables, Krissy Kneen’s memoir contemplates the body’s visceral knowledge of inherited trauma

Cartoon image of man standing on chess board

Reality is irreversible

The systems game and the need for global regime change