August 2021

Essays  Right arrow

Law and order

The end game

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange is slowly dying in a UK prison, as the US maintains its fight to have him die in theirs – but there is hope

The end game
A trip to the doctor


A trip to the doctor

A personal experience of how psychedelics are transforming mental health therapies

Agenda bender


Agenda bender

What shifting notions of sex and gender mean for affirmative action in the workplace

The Nation Reviewed  Right arrow

Image of Scott Morrison at Kirribilli House, July 9, 2021

Federal politics

The coward’s pulpit

Scott Morrison is a leader who not only fails to accept responsibility but continually abandons his post

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Science and technology

The shed that contains the future

A green hydrogen project in South Australia aims to demonstrate zero-emission energy production

Illustration by Jeff Fisher


Racing against time

The I-Kiribati Olympic sprinter hoping to draw attention to his nation’s climate catastrophe

Vox  Right arrow

The Vox Owl

A fisherman’s lament

A solo road trip back to harsh realities

Arts & Letters  Right arrow

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, ‘Portrait of Irène Cahen d’Anvers’ (La petite Irène), 1880


Breathless spaces: ‘The House of Fragile Things’

James McAuley’s examination of four great art-collecting families and the French anti-Semitism that brought their downfall

Image from ‘Shiva Baby’


Forebodings and a funeral: ‘Shiva Baby’

Emma Seligman’s funny but tense film is a triumph of writing and performance over spectacle

Image of Suzanne Ciani


Tip of the pops: ‘This Is Pop’ and ‘Song Exploder’

Two Netflix documentary series only manage to skim the surface of pop music history

Illustration by Jeff Fisher


Time remaining

New poetry from the award-winning writer and critic

Noted  Right arrow

Image of Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, ‘A way of flying’ (c. 1819–1824)


Goya: Drawings from the Prado Museum

Goya’s dark and difficult works exhibited at NGV remind us how little the world has moved on from past horrors

Image of Carlo Crivelli, ‘Madonna and Child’ (1480).


European Masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

QAGOMA’s exhibition goes beyond the usual blockbuster bling to favour lesser known works of the masters

In Light of Recent Events  Right arrow
Survival of the Filet-o-Fishest
In light of recent events