December 2017 – January 2018

Essays

Politics

Betrayal

The Turnbull government has burned the bridge of bipartisanship

History

Once upon a time in the West

Conservatives pine for the days of unapologetic cultural supremacism. Do they really know what they’re getting themselves into?

International politics

The new era

Ready or not, China is here

Issues and policies

When the politics got personal

Gillian Triggs’ culture shock

The Nation Reviewed

Federal politics

We are all diminished

Australian politics is full of contradictions, double standards and gaping voids

Issues and policies

The unflappable Finkel

Australia’s chief scientist talks energy alternatives and trying to elevate the narrative

Fashion

Straight outta Narrandera

Victoria Lee takes on the Victoria’s Secret runway

Family and relationships

Home truths

Ah Gong and Ah Mah move into a culturally diverse aged-care facility

Design

The new Grotesque

How the Monthly changed its typeface

Vox

The Vox Owl

On the road to Gundagai

An unexpected stop prompts the question: Just what is the deal with the Dog on the Tuckerbox?

Arts & Letters

Fiction

Unfinished business: A short story

Can a young wartime couple pick up where they left off?

Art

Arresting time

Gerhard Richter’s GOMA exhibition finds beauty in banality, meaning in the arbitrary

The ringmaster steps into the spotlight

Michael Gracey makes his directorial debut with the Hugh Jackman–starring ‘The Greatest Showman’

Art

A space of one’s own

Histories personal and national inform Helen Johnson’s large-scale canvases

Music

The possible future

Björk moves towards renewal on ‘Utopia’

Film & Television

The perfection of youth

Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Call Me By Your Name’ is a passionate, positive tale of first love

Noted

Art

Hyper Real

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, until 18 February 2018

In Light of Recent Events

Cartoon

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