April 2019

Essays

Society

How Australia’s coal madness led to Adani

The real reasons keeping the Carmichael mine alive

Economics

Report from India: Tracing Gautam Adani’s ruthless ambition

The parallel rise of the coal baron and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Issues and policies

The parable of Lyle Shelton and Dianne Thorley

When Christianity, climate change and drought collided in Toowoomba

The Nation Reviewed

Law and order

The sentencing of George Pell

It took a judge to explain power to a cardinal

Environment

The Murray–Darling’s dry mouth

Scientists are witnessing the ecological collapse of South Australia’s Coorong

Health

The F45 gym revolution

The Australian fitness franchise is high-fiving its way around the world

Sport

An AFL 2019 census

A droll-call of the season’s best and brightest

Arts & Letters

Books

David Malouf’s new worlds

Consciousness is at the heart of the celebrated author’s body of work

Books

Missing witnesses: Valeria Luiselli’s ‘Lost Children Archive’

The Mexican ‘documentary fiction’ writer delivers a polyphonic road trip

Film

Haruki to Highsmith: Lee Chang-dong’s ‘Burning’

Mr Ripley echoes through a masterful tale of class tensions in Seoul

Music

A black woman in space: Solange’s ‘When I Get Home’

Songs distilled from the quiet expanses of high art and black culture

Noted

Books

‘Islands’ by Peggy Frew

The bestselling author delivers a nuanced examination of family tragedy

Books

‘Who Killed My Father’ by Édouard Louis (trans. Lorin Stein)

Political rage fuels the French author’s account of a fraught father–son relationship

In Light of Recent Events

Cartoon

What does the future hold for our politicians? Part I