August 2020

Essays  Right arrow

Society

Storm in a port: The unfolding disaster of the Ruby Princess

The system breakdowns onboard and onshore that led to the docking of the coronavirus cruise ship

Storm in a port: The unfolding disaster of the Ruby Princess
The art of class war

Sport

The art of class war

How decades after Murdoch and Packer destroyed the popular appeal of a game created for the masses, Peter V’landys is putting rugby league back on top

The Nation Reviewed  Right arrow

Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Federal politics

A unitary theory of cuts

The Morrison government is using the COVID-19 crisis to devastate the public service, the ABC, the arts and tertiary education

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Issues and policies

The gendered pandemic

Coronavirus lockdown is undoing gains for women in employment, shared domestic labour and protection from family violence

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Feminism

Louisa Lawson, our first public feminist

The pioneer of publishing and women’s rights has been unjustly overshadowed by regard for her famous son, Henry

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Family and relationships

Doula by choice

Traditionally offering non-medical support to women during pregnancy, doulas are now providing care during abortions

Vox  Right arrow

The Vox Owl

Julian of Norwich

Might challenges to neoliberal orthodoxies emerge from the pandemic, as challenges to Christian faith did after the Black Death?

Arts & Letters  Right arrow

Image from ‘Hamilton’

Film

America’s imperfect angels: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’

Post Black Lives Matter, the hit musical already feels like a souvenir from a vanished pre-Trump America

Detail from the cover of ‘The Precipice’

Books

What are the odds?: Toby Ord’s ‘The Precipice’

The Australian philosopher’s rational exploration of existential risk is bracing but ultimately hopeful

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Noted  Right arrow

Cover of ‘A Room Made of Leaves’

Books

‘A Room Made of Leaves’ by Kate Grenville

The author of ‘The Secret River’ returns with a canny twist to fictionalise the life of Elizabeth Macarthur, wife of the Australian pioneering settler

Cover of ‘Antkind’

Books

‘Antkind’ by Charlie Kaufman

The debut novel from the screenwriter and director of ‘Being John Malkovich’, ‘Synecdoche, New York’ and more is the zippiest postmodern, self-referential doorstop you’ll ever read

In Light of Recent Events  Right arrow
Cartoon
To combat COVID-19, a Japanese amusement park asked thrillseekers to “please scream inside your heart” — npr.org, July 2020
In light of recent events