August 2019

Arts & Letters

Happy trails: Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’

By Anwen Crawford
The gay country-rapper exposes the complex play of identity, algorithms and capitalism

Anwen Crawford

Anwen Crawford is The Monthly’s music critic.

Lil Nas X. © Terry Wyatt / Getty Images for Spotify

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August 2019

From the front page

A “triple-tunity”

The answer on climate, economy and regional security is staring right at us

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Pagan poetry: the studied strangeness of Ari Aster’s ‘Midsommar’

The ‘Hereditary’ director micro-manages the mania in his new film

Impression, Sunrise (1872) by Claude Monet

‘Monet: Impression Sunrise’ at the National Gallery of Australia

Impressionism’s namesake painting is at the heart of a masterful collection from the Musée Marmottan Monet

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Popcorn maker: Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’

The tide may have turned against the director’s juvenile instincts and misogynist violence


In This Issue

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The terrible truth of climate change

The latest science is alarming, even for climate scientists

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Surf and turfed

The Australian surfers battling Chinese developers in Fiji

Cover of ‘The White Girl’ by Tony Birch

‘The White Girl’ by Tony Birch

An emotionally eloquent novel about the necessary inheritance of strength in Indigenous women

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On the rocks

People are risking their lives for a selfie at Royal National Park’s Figure Eight Pools


More in Arts & Letters

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Swan song: Documenting the Adam Goodes saga

Two documentaries consider how racism ended the AFL star’s career

Book covers

Robot love: Ian McEwan’s ‘Machines Like Me’ and Jeanette Winterson’s ‘Frankissstein’

Literary authors tackle sentience and rationality in AI, with horrific results

Photo of Margot Robbie

Popcorn maker: Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’

The tide may have turned against the director’s juvenile instincts and misogynist violence

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Mungo MacCallum: A true journalistic believer

Celebrating the contribution of an Australian media legend


More in Music

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All veils and misty: Richard Lowenstein’s ‘Mystify: Michael Hutchence’

The insider documentary that wipes clear the myths obscuring the INXS singer

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Seoul trained: K-pop and Blackpink

Trying to find meaning in the carefully formulated culture of K-pop

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Starstruck: Reckoning with Michael Jackson’s legacy

What do we do with the music after ‘Leaving Neverland’?

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Clicks, plinks, hoots and thuds: Matmos’s ‘Plastic Anniversary’

The American experimental duo embrace the ‘sounds’ of a ubiquitous material


Read on

Image from ‘Midsommar’

Pagan poetry: the studied strangeness of Ari Aster’s ‘Midsommar’

The ‘Hereditary’ director micro-manages the mania in his new film

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Quentin Tarantino’s Sisyphean task

The polarising director and actor Margot Robbie on making ‘Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood’

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Heirs unapparent: ‘Succession’

The HBO comedy-drama returns for another gleefully toxic season

Drawing a line in the sand: Garma festival 2019

Indigenous leaders have made it clear that the Uluru statement is not negotiable


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