July 2020

Essays  Right arrow

Politics

American carnage

Donald Trump and the collapse of the Union

American carnage
The man inside and the inside man

Law and order

The man inside and the inside man

Crime, punishment and indemnities in western Sydney’s gang wars

The Nation Reviewed  Right arrow

Image of Scott Morrison with Guugu Yimidhirr people at Reconciliation Rocks, Cooktown, 2019

Indigenous rights

Reconciliation and the promise of an Australian homecoming

What would make an acknowledgement of country more welcome

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Issues and policies

Weal of fortune

Rebuilding the economy means government investment, but not all public spending is equal

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Environment

Witnessing the unthinkable

New climate modelling suggests planetary crisis is coming much sooner than previously thought

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Environment

Weathering the cost

After 300 inquiries into natural disasters and emergency management, insurers are taking the lead

Arts & Letters  Right arrow

Image of Satu Vänskä, Australian Chamber Orchestra

Music

Fermata: Musical performance in lockdown

What becomes of the communion of classical musicians, composers and audiences during social isolation?

Still from ‘Contempt’

Film

The death of cool: Michel Piccoli, 1925–2020

Re-watching the films of the most successful screen actor of the 20th century

Image of Ziggy Ramo

Music

The heat of a moment: Ziggy Ramo’s ‘Black Thoughts’

A debut hip-hop album that calls for a reckoning with Indigenous sovereignty and invites the listener to respond

Noted  Right arrow

‘Minor Detail’ by Adania Shibli

Books

‘Minor Detail’ by Adania Shibli (trans. Elisabeth Jaquette)

The Palestinian author’s haunting novel about an atrocity committed by Israeli soldiers in 1949

‘The Rain Heron’ by Robbie Arnott

Books

‘The Rain Heron’ by Robbie Arnott

An unsettling near-future tale of soldiers hunting a mythic bird by ‘the Tasmanian Wordsworth’

In Light of Recent Events  Right arrow
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Drawings of what I think various Real Clickbait Headlines might be about, without actually clicking on them
In light of recent events