March 2021

Essays

Society

The changing climate of risk

Financial institutions, investment funds and governments are being held to account over the costs of climate change

Education

The bin fire of the humanities

Casualisation and relentless cost-cutting have destroyed the credibility of Australian universities

US politics

Red alert

After the chaos of Trump’s loss and the Capitol Hill riot, the Republican Party is at war with itself, and the warning signs for America are loud and clear

The Nation Reviewed

Federal politics

Voice at a crossroads

Constitutional protection is essential if the voice to parliament is to be a meaningful change

Indigenous Australia

Koori hearings

The Marram-Ngala Ganbu program is transforming the experience of Indigenous families in court

Sport

A more enlightened deathmatch

Deathmatch Downunder is making wrestling progressive, accessible and inclusive

Pack mentality

The ‘dog philosopher-king’ who teaches the owners rather than training the pets

Vox

The Vox Owl

The artist formerly known as bin Laden

Conversations with Omar bin Laden about art, cowboys and growing up the son of the world’s most notorious terrorist

Arts & Letters

Music

The composition of emotion: Rose Riebl

The pianist and contemporary classical composer bringing a virtuosic touch to minimalism

Television

Pride and prejudice: ‘It’s a Sin’

‘Years and Years’ creator Russell T. Davies turns his attention to the despair, anger and protective humour of the gay community in HIV/AIDS-era Britain

Film

Drawn to the drift: Chloé Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’

The award-winning film about America’s itinerants steers away from the darker stories of the working poor

Art

Listening to country: ‘Fractures & Frequencies’ and ‘Infractions’

Elegiac installations from Megan Cope and Rachel O’Reilly at UNSW Galleries call for an understanding of the land as a living entity under threat

Noted

Books

‘The Committed’ by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The philosophical thriller sequel to ‘The Sympathizer’ sends its Vietnamese protagonists to the Paris underworld

Music

‘For the first time’ by Black Country, New Road

The debut from the latest British Art School Band delivers perfect pop with arch lyrics that owe a debt to Jarvis Cocker

In Light of Recent Events

Cartoon

Corrections and clarifications