October 2016


Magazine

October 2016

New students

Does writing matter?

Culture crisis

A game theory

6 × 100

Self effacing

Please stand

The party goes on

Does writing matter?

Richard Flanagan delivers the inaugural Boisbouvier Lecture

The Nation Reviewed

The mystery of Malcolm Turnbull

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

New students

Welcome to the Collingwood English Language School

Shocking art

Video artist Heath Franco is making a name as a provocateur

The bird on the floor

Helen Pynor’s bio-art explores life after death

Reading Inga Clendinnen

The late historian leaves behind a stunning body of scholarship


The Monthly Essays

Does writing matter?

Richard Flanagan delivers the inaugural Boisbouvier Lecture

Culture crisis

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

A game theory

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


VOX

Geert by sea

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

Owl

Medicine

The doctor

Bertram Wainer inspired a young Tim Flannery to take on the establishment

Medicine

Arts & Letters

6 × 100

Six stories of 100 words

Self effacing

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

Please stand

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

Language to transcend

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

Where did Baz Luhrmann go wrong?

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

The party goes on

Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ bemuses but rewards



Noted


In Light of Recent Events

Thugs, drink-driving teens, rapists, even the innocent, have appeared on the news for years, often peeking out from under a variety of props in an effort to hide their identity. Most recently I spotted someone walking to the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court with her face buried in a daggy zebra-print shawl. She’d been charged with attempting to murder her husband by poisoning his meal of meatballs, and clearly didn’t want her mug on the evening news. But while I discovered the shame is often the same, the effort that those accused put in to their pitiful subterfuge varies. Here, I rank a few recent efforts: 

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