September 2020

Noted
by Adam Rivett

‘What Are You Going Through’ by Sigrid Nunez
The late-life author of ‘The Friend’ delivers a chastening and discursive novel of mourning

Adam Rivett

Adam Rivett is a Melbourne-based writer. He has written for The Lifted Brow, The Age, The Australian, Island, Fireflies and Seizure.

Cover of The Monthly, September 2020

September 2020

In This Issue

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Choppy waters

Australia’s assumption that China will give up its Pacific rivalry with the US is dangerously misguided

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Injustice unmasked

What are the priorities of policing protests under lockdown?

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‘Little Eyes’ by Samanta Schweblin (trans. Megan McDowell)

Intimacy and privacy blur as people adopt cybernetic pets inhabited remotely by others, in this disturbing speculative fiction

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Hysteria as metaphor

What chronic illness can teach us about the limits of the healthcare system during a global crisis


Read on

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Freeing the flag

Allowing the Aboriginal flag to be used freely is an important step towards self-determination

In the red

Inside the modern debt-collection industry

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Hello, Nasty: Janet Jackson’s sound of rebellion

A new analysis of ‘The Velvet Rope’ shows the controversial artist in transition

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Tipping point

Juukan Gorge is gone, but will we act in time to save Warragamba Dam?


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