October 2023

Essays  Right arrow


Jo Leahy is laid to rest

The filmmaker returns to PNG for the funeral of the mixed-heritage coffee plantation owner who was the subject of his 1980s acclaimed documentary

Jo Leahy is laid to rest
The house at Glenorie


The house at Glenorie

How Glenn Murcutt’s architectural vision created a space – and inspiration – for artists Lynne Eastaway and Sydney Ball

The Nation Reviewed  Right arrow

Supporters of the “Yes” campaign in Melbourne, Sunday, September 17, 2023, wearing "yes" T-shirts and raising their fists

Indigenous rights

The Voice beyond symbolism

As October 14 approaches, opposition to the Voice has been dominated by false claims and discredited ideas

Illustration by Jeff Fisher


Ant music

Underestimating the economic value of arts labour reminds of the Aesop fable ‘The Ant and the Grasshopper’

Illustration by Jeff Fisher


Read the roo

As Qantas flounders and the Australia Council drops its instantly recognisable kangaroo logo, what is the status of the erstwhile national symbol?

Illustration by Jeff Fisher


The embolden age of Hollywood

The writers strike in America brought often solitary artists onto the streets to come together to protect their livelihoods

Arts & Letters  Right arrow

Overhead photograph of car spinning in red desert, inscribing spirals in the dust


White walls taken Blak: The art of Reko Rennie

The Kamilaroi multi-disciplinary artist’s spectacular works bridge contemporary and ancient traditions

Joshua Bell playing violin in close up


His Bach materials: Violinist Joshua Bell

The latest work of the American classical music superstar – famed for his subway busking experiment – is a collaboration with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra

Illustration by Jeff Fisher


Parkville II

(A dream diary from Bed 15)

Robyn Davidson in Ghanerao, Rajasthan, circa 1990, walking witha a camel and three women


An open heart: Robyn Davidson’s ‘Unfinished Woman’

The author of ‘Tracks’ takes stock in middle age, in a memoir encompassing her mother’s tragic early death, mental health, and her relationship with Salman Rushdie

Osage women seated in a scene from in ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’


Histories of violence: ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ and ‘El Conde’

Martin Scorsese’s first Western mishandles its story of colonial exploitation, while Pablo Larraín’s darkly humorous, black-and-white satire delivers Pinochet as a vampire

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Cover of ‘The Details’


Ia Genberg’s ‘The Details’

The four young characters of the Swedish author’s slender volume grippingly embody everyday life, its enduring relationships and its anxieties

Scene from ‘Starstruck’


ABC TV’s ‘Starstruck’

The charming rom-com’s third season delivers more emotional pay-offs as the characters develop in their 30s

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Flowers being watered

‘Grasp the nettle’

A regular phrase of the author’s father provides an apt description for the grand test facing Australia in the Voice referendum