October 2016

Essays

Culture

Does writing matter?

Richard Flanagan delivers the inaugural Boisbouvier Lecture

Theatre

Culture crisis

The arts funding cuts are just a symptom of a broader malaise in Australia

Economics

A game theory

Lovatts Crosswords gave its profits to employees. What went wrong?

The Nation Reviewed

Federal politics

The mystery of Malcolm Turnbull

What does the prime minister stand for, and when will we find out about it?

Education

New students

Welcome to the Collingwood English Language School

Art

Shocking art

Video artist Heath Franco is making a name as a provocateur

Art

The bird on the floor

Helen Pynor’s bio-art explores life after death

Books

Reading Inga Clendinnen

The late historian leaves behind a stunning body of scholarship

Vox

The Vox Owl

Geert by sea

It took two weeks and endless bureaucracy to honour a dying wish

Arts & Letters

Stories

6 × 100

Six stories of 100 words

Art

Self effacing

‘Mike Parr: Foreign Looking’ brings the anti-institutional artist to the National Gallery of Australia

Music

Please stand

National anthems reflect all the complexities – and oddities – of the countries they represent

Books

Language to transcend

Celebrated short-story practitioner Joy Williams turns to micro fiction in ‘Ninety-Nine Stories of God’

Television

Where did Baz Luhrmann go wrong?

Netflix’s hip-hop drama ‘The Get Down’ squanders its potential

Music

The party goes on

Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ bemuses but rewards

Noted

In Light of Recent Events

Cartoon

Court cover-ups