October 2021

Essays

Politics

War of error

US failures in Afghanistan and the folly of Australia’s unquestioning support

Theatre

Drama in hell

The descent of creative arts at Australia’s universities

Religion and ethics

The search for extraterrestrial minds

That we understand the nature of the cosmos has profound implications in the search for life

The Nation Reviewed

Human rights

We need to think about post-lockdown rights

Lacking serious debate on the next stage of the pandemic, Australia is ill-prepared

COVID-19

Close to home for Katy Gallagher

Life in quarantine as COVID-19 hits Senator Katy Gallagher’s family

COVID-19

A loss of character

Remembering some of Sydney’s well-known streetfolk

Vox

The Vox Owl

Helen Garner’s lockdown diaries, 2021

Notes from Melbourne as the pandemic persists

Arts & Letters

Art

Artful lodgers: The Heide Museum of Modern Art

The story of John and Sunday Reed’s influence on Sidney Nolan and other live-in protégés

Film

An eye on the outlier: ‘Nitram’

Justin Kurzel’s biopic of the Port Arthur killer is a warning on suburban neglect and gun control

Film

The life solipsistic: ‘The French Dispatch’

Wes Anderson’s film about a New Yorker–style magazine is simultaneously trivial and exhausting

Noted

Books

‘Scary Monsters’ by Michelle de Kretser

Two satirical stories about fitting in, from the two-time Miles Franklin winner

Books

‘Bewilderment’ by Richard Powers

The Pulitzer winner’s open-hearted reworking of ‘Flowers for Algernon’, updated for modern times

In Light of Recent Events

Cartoon

“Where are they?”