August 2020

Magazine

August 2020

The art of class war

Broadmeadows

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


The Monthly Essays

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

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

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

The gendered pandemic

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

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

Doula by choice

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


Vox

Julian of Norwich

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

Owl

Arts & Letters

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

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

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

Broadmeadows

Poetry from the author of ‘The Boat’



Noted

‘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 By Helen Elliott

‘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 By Adam Rivett


In Light of Recent Events

To combat COVID-19, a Japanese amusement park asked thrillseekers to “please scream inside your heart” — npr.org, July 2020

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