June 2021

Noted
by David Neustein

‘Building for Hope’ by Marwa al-Sabouni
The Syrian architect and writer makes a case for war being a consequence of modern architecture destroying the social fabric

David Neustein

David Neustein is The Monthly’s architecture critic.

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In This Issue

Image of Richard Pusey, April 2020

The most hated man

On the sentencing of Richard Pusey for outraging public decency

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Melbourne I

New poetry

Image of Claude Monet, ‘Poppy field in a hollow near Giverny’, 1885

Boston and Japan: ‘French Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’

What connects Boston’s peerless collections of French Impressionism and historic Japanese art and design?

Image of cover of ‘Real Estate’

Grand designs: ‘Real Estate’

Deborah Levy’s latest ‘living autobiography’ finds her travelling and contemplating home, family and art’s revolutionary potential


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Alien renaissance

A revived interest in alien visitation only underscores how little we know about the universe

Cartoon image of man with head in the clouds

The return of the lucky country

The pandemic has exposed the truth of Donald Horne’s phrase, and the morbid state of our national leadership

Image of Bo Burnham in Inside.

On loop: Bo Burnham’s ‘Inside’

The American comedian’s vulnerable and nuanced look at constant perception in the digital age

Dreaming of Biloela

Tharnicaa Murugappan versus 30 years of policy