August 2021

Essays

Society

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

Health

A trip to the doctor

A personal experience of how psychedelics are transforming mental health therapies

Gender

Agenda bender

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

The Nation Reviewed

Federal politics

The coward’s pulpit

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

Science and technology

The shed that contains the future

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

Environment

Racing against time

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

Vox

The Vox Owl

A fisherman’s lament

A solo road trip back to harsh realities

Arts & Letters

Books

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

Film

Forebodings and a funeral: ‘Shiva Baby’

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

Music

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

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

Poems

Time remaining

New poetry from the award-winning writer and critic

Noted

Art

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

Art

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

Cartoon

Survival of the Filet-o-Fishest