November 2019

The Nation Reviewed

Yellow submarine

By Patrick Lau
A former Russian athlete’s plan for Australia’s first commercial sub

Patrick Lau

Patrick Lau is a Sydney-based journalist who covers business, the environment and culture.

November 2019 edition cover

November 2019

From the front page

On the demerits

The government’s union-busting legislation is in the balance

You could drive a person crazy: Noah Baumbach’s ‘Marriage Story’

Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson are at their career best in this bittersweet tale of divorce

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‘Civilization: The Way We Live Now’

The beautiful photographs of often grim subjects in NGV Australia’s exhibition raise questions over the medium’s power to critique

“Not today”?

When fire-struck communities start talking about climate, politicians must listen


In This Issue

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Revolutions past

Labor and the Liberals have abandoned their old ideological contests as they battle to define the values of the new middle class

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‘The Testaments’ by Margaret Atwood

The Booker Prize–winning sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is an exhilarating thriller from the “wiliest writer alive”

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The strip-search state

Successful compensation cases haven’t curbed the prevalence of unlawful strip-searches by NSW Police

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‘The Man Who Saw Everything’ by Deborah Levy

The British author experiments with a narrative structure that collapses past and present


More in The Nation Reviewed

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The strip-search state

Successful compensation cases haven’t curbed the prevalence of unlawful strip-searches by NSW Police

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Bait and switch

Lumping dingoes in with “wild dogs” means the native animals are being deliberately culled

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A traditional landscape

The UAE hosts a rare public exhibition for the colossal native title painting ‘Ngurrara Canvas II’

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Broome’s bushman astronomer

Greg Quicke’s mission to help people understand the stars


Read on

You could drive a person crazy: Noah Baumbach’s ‘Marriage Story’

Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson are at their career best in this bittersweet tale of divorce

Blockade tactics

Inside the 2019 IMARC protests

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‘How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy’

Jenny Odell makes a convincing case for moving beyond the ruthless logic of use

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It’s complicated: ‘The Hunting’

This Australian series offers a sophisticated examination of teenage lives online


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