May 2018

by Helen Elliott

‘A Sand Archive’ by Gregory Day
Day grasps landscape as an intimate living thing

Helen Elliott
Helen Elliott is a literary journalist and writer.

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May 2018

In This Issue


Why Adani won’t die

The Carmichael coalmine is as much about symbols and interests as it is about jobs and money

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Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Unsane’

The prolific director hits his own limits with this experiment in technology


Our waste policy is rubbish

Has Australia’s ad-hoc approach to waste management backfired?


Salvaging ANU’s sodden books

How and why did the Chifley Library flood?

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Jay Carmichael’s debut novel, ‘Ironbark’

A poetic account of adolescent alienation and masculinity in rural Australia

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Cannes Film Festival 2018

An ever-so-slightly off-key event

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What’s in a name?

From Pig Iron Bob to Unbelieva-Bill: the trouble with nicknames in politics

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‘The Alienist’: a gripping but imperfect thriller

Forensic psychology powers this lavish series, but is one of its less interesting features