April 2020

Essays

Politics

Inside the Nationals

As the National Party celebrates its centenary, its future is in the hands of bitter rivals Michael McCormack and Barnaby Joyce

Environment

Super heroes or super villains?

How the secretive trillionaire superannuation funds are using your money to reshape capitalism

The Nation Reviewed

Health

A month of plague

Voices from the coronavirus outbreak

History

Whitefella visits Kurnell

A Botany Bay ferry would restore Cook’s landing site as a ‘meeting place’

Environment

Slow work

Neighbours and friends rebuilding communities after the bushfires

Environment

Read after burning

Do the great philosophers offer guidance for disaster recovery?

VOX

Powerlessness

What can children before God learn about parenthood from the Psalms?

Three disasters, a wedding and a funeral

Reckoning with family in times of drought, fire and flood

Arts & Letters

Art

Desert bloom: The Tennant Creek Brio

The brazen art movement born out of the troubled legacies of substance abuse and dispossession

Books

Twilight knowing: Jenny Offill’s ‘Weather’

The American novelist brings literary fiction’s focus on the interior life to climate-change cataclysm

Film

Properly British: Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’

A multicultural vision underscores the acclaimed British satirist’s endearing Dickensian romp

Music

Grime boss: Stormzy

The rapper and MC’s second album ‘Heavy Is the Head’ is another triumphant step bringing black British culture forward

Noted

Books

‘Strange Hotel’ by Eimear McBride

A woman unceasingly travels to contend with the inertia of grief, in the latest novel from the author of ‘A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing’

Books

‘Actress’ by Anne Enright

In a theatre setting, the masterly Irish writer considers the melting, capricious line between the truth and the fake

In Light of Recent Events

Cartoon

Souvenirs and trinkets from your 14-day self-quarantine