May 2021

Essays

Walter Marsh

Sole of a nation

“Man working” (Rufus Wilton), Nepabunna, circa 1930. © South Australian Museum

The untold Aboriginal history of the R.M. Williams boot

Walter Marsh

Walter Marsh is a journalist based on Kaurna country who writes about history and culture.

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From the front page

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Back to the future

Will Labor find its spine on the stage-three tax cuts?

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

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

A load of abalone

The trial of Keith Nye highlights how fisheries laws unfairly target Indigenous people

The era of Xi Jinping

On the China Dream and the guiding ideology of Xi Jinping


In This Issue

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Mind over meta: ‘No One Is Talking About This’

The debut novel from the extremely online Patricia Lockwood considers how the virtual invades the real

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Lodestar: ‘Supernova’

Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth star in Harry Macqueen’s quiet elegy to a loving relationship in its twilight

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Always tomorrow: ‘Promises’

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

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Australia’s number-one law and order issue

Addressing the national scourge of domestic violence


More in The Monthly Essays

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How to lose her voice

On testimonial injustice and the ways women are silenced

Image of Question Time at Parliament House, December 9, 2020.

From Abbott to Zumbo

A short history of the Coalition’s ‘women problem’

Image of artwork by Sarah Goffman

Ill-informed consent

How piecemeal relationship and sexuality education is failing our schoolchildren

The worst form of defence

New revelations of Australian war crimes in Afghanistan


Read on

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’

Vice grip: ‘The Virtues’

Shane Meadows’ astonishing series stems from a late reckoning with his own childhood abuse

Cover image of ‘The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen’

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