In light of recent events
Activities best avoided: a spousal survey

In light of recent events

Oslo Davis

Oslo Davis is an illustrator and artist.


In This Issue

Image of Alice Springs

The crankhandle of history

Thirty years on, what should we make of Bruce Chatwin’s song to the songlines?

True love in Nauru

Two gay refugees face an unwelcoming community and an uncertain future

Image of Alfred Deakin

Success dogged him

Judith Brett’s ‘The Enigmatic Mr Deakin’ is a skilful portrait of Australia’s second prime minister

Cover of JM Coetzee’s ‘Late Essays: 2006–2017’

Sly late style

JM Coetzee’s ‘Late Essays: 2006–2017’ shows his deep respect and sympathy for fellow writers


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Osamah Sami with members of his local mosque

In ‘House of Gods’, Sydney’s Muslim community gets to be complicated

Plus, Barnaby Joyce shines in ‘Nemesis’, Emma Seligman and Rachel Sennott deliver ‘Bottoms’, and Chloë Sevigny and Molly Ringwald step up for ‘Feud: Capote vs. The Swans’.

International Film Festival Rotterdam highlights

Films from Iran, Ukraine and Bundaberg were deserving winners at this year’s festival

Two women on a train smile and shake hands

‘Expats’ drills down on Hong Kong’s class divide

Plus, Netflix swallows Trent Dalton, Deborah Mailman remains in ‘Total Control’ and ‘Vanderpump Rules’ returns for another season

Image of a man playing music using electronics and the kora (West African harp)

Three overlooked albums of spiritual jazz from 2023

Recent releases by kora player John Haycock, trumpeter Matthew Halsall and 14-piece jazz ensemble Ancient Infinity Orchestra feel like a refuge from reality