October 2014

Essays  Right arrow

State of the arts

How the Abbott government is funding a high-culture war

State of the arts
Mother courage

Family and relationships

Mother courage

At home with Rosie Batty

Warren Entsch at the Coming of the Light festival on Thursday Island, July 2013. © Aaron Smith

Island time

A trip through the Torres Strait to see the Coming of the Light festival

Early examples of gene silencing in transgenic plants

Dr Graham’s patented elixir

Gene silencing, miracle cures and Balmain’s biggest biotech company

The Nation Reviewed  Right arrow

Paul Kelly and Kevin Rudd laughing together at the launch of The March of Patriots in 2009

Kevin Rudd

Kelly country

Contesting Paul Kelly’s ‘Triumph and Demise’

Cartoon showing man fighting cactus

She’ll be cactus

In central Victoria, locals are taking up arms against the invading wheel cactus

A little foyer music

A little foyer music

The chimes they are a-changing at the Sydney Opera House

Pierre Ryckmans

Pierre Ryckmans

Remembering a man of letters, and a friend

Vox  Right arrow

The Vox Owl

The good story

Truth, fiction and psychotherapy

Arts & Letters  Right arrow

Tammy Wynette (2014) by Linda Marrinon


The best of Australian arts 2014

Critics give their picks for the year’s top ten

A young boy holding two dead possums at a trappers camp in the Blackall district, Queensland, 1908

Shaped for good purpose

From stick insects to swagmen in Don Watson’s ‘The Bush’

The young Dylan Thomas

Majesty and burning

A century of Dylan Thomas

Tanel Bedrossiantz, in a dress from the Jean Paul Gaultier Barbès collection, ready-to-wear, Autumn–Winter 1984–85. © Paolo Roversi

The artisan

‘The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier’ at the National Gallery of Victoria

Laura Jean and kelpie

Kelpie blues

Laura Jean’s ‘Laura Jean’ finds the Melbourne singer-songwriter finally feeling at home



A journey through time and mind in Hugh Sullivan’s ‘The Infinite Man’

Noted  Right arrow

‘Acute Misfortune’ by Erik Jensen
‘Stone Mattress’ by Margaret Atwood
‘Golden Boys’ by Sonya Hartnett
‘The Political Bubble’ by Mark Latham

Book reviews

‘The Political Bubble’ by Mark Latham

Macmillan Australia; $32.99