In light of recent events
The Rio Olympics was inspiring ...

The Rio Olympics was inspiring – all that muscle, youth and striving stuff. So inspiring that I got back into swimming, which is no mean feat for an ample 40-something. Soon enough, of course, my shoulders began to crunch like a bag of gravel when I swung my arms over. I was always puffed. It was depressing. But I then started reading about ex-Olympians’ injuries and my spirits lifted. Things could be worse; a crunchy shoulder is nothing compared to an ex-Olympian’s career-ending foot injury. So I wondered: was it better to have had an Olympic career and fallen into disrepair, or to have never had an Olympic career at all?



Oslo Davis

Oslo Davis is a widely published illustrator, artist and cartoonist. His latest book is Overheard – The Art of Eavesdropping.


In This Issue

Illustration

China flexes

The dispute over the South China Sea will come to affect more than just China’s near neighbours

Image of Angel Olsen

Someone, anyone

Angel Olsen’s ‘My Woman’ and Sarah Mary Chadwick’s ‘Roses Always Die’

Illustration

Playing charades

From the census debacle to the Don Dale scandal, politicians and the public have short memories

Cover of The Hate Race

‘The Hate Race’ by Maxine Beneba Clarke

Hachette; $32.99


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Image of Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese and CFMEU Victoria secretary John Setka

Judge stymies Albanese’s plans to expel Setka from ALP

A protracted battle is the last thing the Opposition needs

Image from ‘Booksmart’

Meritocracy rules in ‘Booksmart’

Those who work hard learn to play hard in Olivia Wilde’s high-school comedy

Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg

The government’s perverse pursuit of surplus

Aiming to be back in black in the current climate is bad economics

Image of Blixa Bargeld at Dark Mofo

Dark Mofo 2019: Blixa Bargeld

The German musician presides over a suitably unpredictable evening


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