May 2021

Arts & Letters

Always tomorrow: ‘Promises’

By Anwen Crawford
Legendary saxophonist Pharoah Sanders joins electronic musician Floating Points and the London Symphony Orchestra for a compositionally minimalist album

Anwen Crawford

Anwen Crawford is The Monthly’s music critic. Her new book is No Document.

Photograph by Eric Welles-Nyström

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‘Second Place’ by Rachel Cusk

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Ready steady gone

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Still from Ema

Dance dance revolution: ‘Ema’

Pablo Larrain’s beguiling, difficult film seeks to understand an impenetrable anti-heroine for whom the city is a dancefloor

The era of Xi Jinping

On the China Dream and the guiding ideology of Xi Jinping

Still from Shane Meadows’ ‘The Virtues’

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Body language: ‘The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen’

Echoing folktales and fables, Krissy Kneen’s memoir contemplates the body’s visceral knowledge of inherited trauma