December 2019 – January 2020

Essays  Right arrow

Society

Stasiland now

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the author of ‘Stasiland’ reveals the ongoing power of the former East German regime, not just in politics and business but also in shaping perceptions of victimhood in unified Germany

Stasiland now
Peace with dishonour

Australian Defence Force

Peace with dishonour

On the West’s Trump-led exit from the wreckage of the Middle East

Australia 2.0

Australia 2.0

The America’s Cup winged keel and the transformation of a nation

Remember her name

Indigenous Australia

Remember her name

Systemic racism, unconscious bias, and the death in custody of Tanya Day

The Nation Reviewed  Right arrow

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Immigration

The middle of nowhere

Australia’s political leaders have lost their bearings in a changed world

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Law and order

Cap in hand

An unprecedented twist in the Walkley Award–winning story of the David Eastman murder case

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Big man energy

At the Menergy retreat, men tackle anger, address emotional resilience and dance like wild women

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Art

Water water

GOMA’s ‘Water’ exhibition brings an Icelandic stream indoors in Brisbane

Ready to rumble

Science and technology

Ready to rumble

Crowds cheer on the destructive prowess of Pot Head and Wanda at the Robowars National Championship

Vox  Right arrow

The Vox Owl

Diaries (2018–19)

Collected thoughts on writers seeking permission to write, Eurydice Dixon, the Nobel for Murnane and dealing with errant chooks

Arts & Letters  Right arrow

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Music

Don’t look back in anger: Liam and Noel Gallagher

As interest in Oasis resurges, talking to the combative brothers recalls their glory years as ‘dirty chancers, stealing riffs instead of Ford Fiestas’

Conversion on the way to Damascus by Caravaggio

Books

Damascene subversion: Christos Tsiolkas’s ‘Damascus’

The literary storyteller’s latest novel wrestles with the mythology of Christianity’s founder, Paul the Apostle

Cover of Peter Pomerantsev’s ‘This Is Not Propaganda’ [detail]

Books

Agents of chaos: Peter Pomerantsev’s ‘This Is Not Propaganda’

The Russian expat journalist wonders if democracy can survive the internet, as social media is used to promote feelings over facts

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Music

Bodak moment: Pop’s decade of superstars

Cardi B delivered the song of the decade as a new league of superstars overcame the significance of bands

Noted  Right arrow

Utagawa Yoshimori, The Tongue-cut Sparrow [detail]

Art

‘Japan supernatural’

The Art Gallery of NSW’s examination of Japan’s centuries-long artistic traditions depicting the spirit world and the macabre

Cover of ‘The Topeka School’

Books

‘The Topeka School’ by Ben Lerner

The American author’s latest novel canvasses the seething hate speech of the burgeoning alt-right and white-boy rap battles in the Midwest

In Light of Recent Events  Right arrow
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Dot-to-dot puzzle of the challenge beyond our Pentecostal PM’s thoughts and prayers
In light of recent events