In light of recent events
Swimming thoughts

Swimming is the only time, while awake, that I’m not enslaved to the internet. At first the solitary confinement is unnerving, maddening. But after a few laps my mind becomes loose, and I’m able to think in free form. I turn over past conversations with my wife, think up ideas for cartoons and wonder if I should resume illegally downloading music. Recently, I approached some fellow swimmers who’d just pulled themselves out of the pool, and asked them to divulge the deep thoughts that ran through their minds as they swam. 



Oslo Davis

Oslo Davis is a widely published illustrator, artist and cartoonist.


In This Issue

Illustration

New tricks

Why do our political parties persist with economic rationalism?

Feel the divine

A new compilation celebrates the devotional music of jazz legend Alice Coltrane

Illustration

Base power

The energy crisis is all about politics rather than supply

Cover of The Idiot

‘The Idiot’ by Elif Batuman

Jonathan Cape; $32.99


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Cold was the ground: ‘Sorry for Your Trouble’

Richard Ford delivers an elegant collection of stories of timeworn men and women contemplating the end

Image of Australians queuing at Centrelink in Brisbane.

Moral bankruptcy

Robodebt stemmed from the false ideological division between the deserving and undeserving poor, but the government still clings to moralistic language

Image of Gough Whitlam in October 1975

It’s about time

The High Court’s landmark ruling on the ‘Palace Papers’ is a win for Australian social democracy

Image of Robyn Davidson

Something mythic

For Robyn Davidson, her acclaimed memoir ‘Tracks’ was an act of freedom whose reception hemmed her in


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