August 2022

Arts & Letters

‘The Old Man’ and the CIA

By Craig Mathieson
Jeff Bridges faces his spycraft past in this Disney+ espionage thriller

Craig Mathieson

Craig Mathieson is a television critic for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, an author, and the creator of the Binge-r streaming newsletter.

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Still image from ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’

Was that it: ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’

This loving portrait of the indie scene of the early 2000s will likely mean little to those who weren’t there

Image of Heraclitus of Ephesus, known as the “Weeping Philosopher”.

Forecasting the future

What is humanity’s destiny in the Anthropocene era?

Frank Moorhouse, Ewenton Street, Balmain, circa 1975

Frank recollections

Remembering Frank Moorhouse (1938–2022)

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

What the James Webb Space Telescope reveals

Why NASA’s new telescope is a huge step forward for understanding the universe

In This Issue

Journalists Maxine McKew, Quentin Dempster and Kerry O’Brien

What’s gone wrong at the ABC

Years of government attacks over funding and balance have left the national broadcaster in desperate need of repair

Cover of ‘Losing Face’

‘Losing Face’

George Haddad’s latest novel surveys the confronting world of male interiority

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

What the James Webb Space Telescope reveals

Why NASA’s new telescope is a huge step forward for understanding the universe

Line call on Spring Creek

Development hits a roadblock in the regional town of Torquay


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Forecasting the future

What is humanity’s destiny in the Anthropocene era?

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Daydream believer: Director Brett Morgen

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Indecent exposure

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