November 2020

Essays

Politics

The disappearing man

On Anthony Albanese and the Labor Party

Society

Woke politics and power

How liberalism’s blind spot let cancel culture bloom

Environment

Coupe de grâce

Could the legacy of Australia’s worst bushfires on record be the end of native logging?

The Nation Reviewed

Education

When the rivers run dry

Universities are in trouble, and the government isn’t helping

Rural and regional Australia

Narrabri’s gas-fired liability

Locals fear coal-seam gas mining in the Pilliga will destroy the forest, the water and the tourism industry

Science and technology

The breath of Venus

Does the detection of phosphine gas point to life among Venus’s clouds?

International politics

Enemy of the state

The dissident Indonesian lawyer charged for tweeting about Papuan activism

Arts & Letters

Books

Me versus we: ‘The Upswing’

Rebuilding a more egalitarian, altruistic and communitarian society without sacrificing individual liberties

Film

The long goodbye: ‘Dick Johnson Is Dead’

Filmmaker Kirsten Johnson deals with her father’s decline into dementia by “killing” him through various means

Music

The last days of disco: ‘Róisín Machine’

Róisín Murphy’s latest album is unusually mature pop driven by restlessness

Noted

Books

‘The Living Sea of Waking Dreams’ by Richard Flanagan

The Booker Prize winner’s allegorical new novel about the permanence of loss

Film

‘Kajillionaire’ directed by Miranda July

A family of con artists are the American writer-director’s latest offbeat protagonists in a surreal but heartfelt film

In Light of Recent Events

Cartoon

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