August 2019

Essays

Politics

Hellraiser

How evangelical footballer Israel Folau lit a fire under the culture wars

Federal politics

Mark Latham: The outsider

How did a man with such right-wing beliefs become Labor Party leader, and what is he cooking up now?

Family and relationships

The sperm drought

Dwindling stocks of Australian sperm have fertility clinics looking overseas and couples looking online

The Nation Reviewed

Environment

The terrible truth of climate change

The latest science is alarming, even for climate scientists

World

Surf and turfed

The Australian surfers battling Chinese developers in Fiji

Society

On the rocks

People are risking their lives for a selfie at Royal National Park’s Figure Eight Pools

Science and technology

Mission to Mars

The Australian woman on the shortlist to bid farewell to Earth forever

Vox

The Vox Owl

How I fought off a robodebt

One man’s battle against the confounding maths of a Centrelink robodebt

Arts & Letters

Australian Film

Swan song: Documenting the Adam Goodes saga

Two documentaries consider how racism ended the AFL star’s career

Books

Robot love: Ian McEwan’s ‘Machines Like Me’ and Jeanette Winterson’s ‘Frankissstein’

Literary authors tackle sentience and rationality in AI, with horrific results

Film

Popcorn maker: Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’

The tide may have turned against the director’s juvenile instincts and misogynist violence

Music

Happy trails: Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’

The gay country-rapper exposes the complex play of identity, algorithms and capitalism

Noted

Books

‘The White Girl’ by Tony Birch

An emotionally eloquent novel about the necessary inheritance of strength in Indigenous women

Art

‘Monet: Impression Sunrise’ at the National Gallery of Australia

Impressionism’s namesake painting is at the heart of a masterful collection from the Musée Marmottan Monet

In Light of Recent Events

Cartoon

Capital City Writers’ Festival: The Game!