October 2021

Essays  Right arrow

Australian Defence Force

War of error

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

War of error
Drama in hell


Drama in hell

The descent of creative arts at Australia’s universities

The search for extraterrestrial minds

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  Right arrow

An anti-lockdown rally in Sydney, July 24, 2021

We need to think about post-lockdown rights

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

Illustration by Jeff Fisher


Close to home for Katy Gallagher

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

Illustration by Jeff Fisher


A loss of character

Remembering some of Sydney’s well-known streetfolk

Vox  Right arrow

The Vox Owl

Helen Garner’s lockdown diaries, 2021

Notes from Melbourne as the pandemic persists

Arts & Letters  Right arrow

Photo: “Breakfast at Heide” (from left: Sidney Nolan, Max Harris, Sunday Reed and John Reed), circa 1945


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

Still from ‘Nitram’


An eye on the outlier: ‘Nitram’

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

Still from ‘The French Dispatch’


The life solipsistic: ‘The French Dispatch’

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

Noted  Right arrow

Image of ‘Scary Monsters’


‘Scary Monsters’ by Michelle de Kretser

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

Image of ‘Bewilderment’


‘Bewilderment’ by Richard Powers

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

In Light of Recent Events  Right arrow
“Where are they?”
In light of recent events