August 2013



August 2013

The Monthly Essays

On the road with Julia Gillard

Sketches of a prime minister in her final months

Wilfred Burchett and the KGB

The legendary war correspondent was in the pay of the KGB

Tim Minchin plays it straight

The musical funnyman returns home

The Nation Reviewed

In praise of Tony Windsor

Fan mail for the former MP

Changing prime ministers

What Kevin Rudd could learn from Julia Gillard about leadership

Fracking and food security

The Greens chase the farming vote

Censorship, sex and scandal in Singapore

For the city-state’s academics, freedom of speech is a sensitive subject

Our septuagenarian cricketers

It’s never too late to wear the baggy green


Arts & Letters

Karl Ove Knausgaard’s ‘My Struggle’

The Norwegian author delivers autobiography as Scandi noir

Books on the future of the ALP

It’s time to read about the “true believers”

Iggy Azalea and hip-hop’s bikini wasteland

Can the Australian-born rapper shake off the stereotypes?

‘Stories We Tell’, ‘Frances Ha’ and ‘Upstream Colour’

New films from Sarah Polley, Noah Baumbach and Shane Carruth



Peter Cook & John Clarke