May 2020

Essays

Politics

The ministry of pandemics

How the spread of the virus revealed our leaders to us

Federal politics

Hillsong’s strange tides

Brian Houston’s Pentecostal movement in an age of climate change and coronavirus

Federal politics

Adam Bandt, the personable hardliner

Where will the Greens’ unusual new leader take the party?

The Nation Reviewed

Federal politics

What lessons will we learn from the virus?

Hope is essential, but optimism can be deadly

COVID-19

Another month of plague

Voices from the coronavirus outbreak

International politics

Electoral distancing

Australia’s Bernie Sanders volunteers

Sport

Power outage

Athlete Claire Keefer trains for a Paralympics now postponed

Music

Quiet life

The acoustic ecologists documenting our quieted world

VOX

He is risen!

Keeping mum about the Easter Bunny

Rough draught

Keeping up appearances during periods of homelessness

Arts & Letters

Music

The ripple effect: Cable Ties’ ‘Far Enough’

A big year turned on its head for the Melbourne band

Noted

Books

‘Fathoms: The World in the Whale’ by Rebecca Giggs

The Australian writer’s lyrical consideration of our relationship with whales is a new and ambitious kind of nature writing

Books

‘Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982’ by Cho Nam-Joo (trans. Jamie Chang)

The coldly brilliant, bestselling South Korean novel describing the ambient harassment and discrimination experienced by women globally

In Light of Recent Events

Cartoon

Zoom of Doom! What have we done to deserve this?