September 2016


Magazine

September 2016

China flexes

Playing charades

Thinking caps on

The man who never grew up

The secrets of others

Double dissolution

Off the grid

Someone, anyone

Is Michelle Guthrie tuned in to the ABC?

The new managing director’s vision isn’t clear


The Nation Reviewed

China flexes

The dispute over the South China Sea will come to affect more than just China’s near neighbours

Playing charades

From the census debacle to the Don Dale scandal, politicians and the public have short memories

Compressed contemporary

Durbach Block Jaggers is a practice in argument

An island ark

A cat-detection team is doing important work on Dirk Hartog Island


The Monthly Essays

Is Michelle Guthrie tuned in to the ABC?

The new managing director’s vision isn’t clear

Thinking caps on

Where has demand driven our universities?

The man who never grew up

The life and legacy of Roald Dahl


Vox

The perfect host

There’s more to throwing a party than putting out some dips

Owl

Arts & Letters

The secrets of others

Philippe Sands’ ‘East West Street’ mixes memoir, biography and thriller to explain the origins of ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’

Double dissolution

Ben Lerner’s ‘The Hatred of Poetry’ brings together questions of art and politics

Off the grid

Matt Ross’ ‘Captain Fantastic’ is a portrait of a family in the wilderness

Someone, anyone

Angel Olsen’s ‘My Woman’ and Sarah Mary Chadwick’s ‘Roses Always Die’



Noted


In Light of Recent Events

The Rio Olympics was inspiring – all that muscle, youth and striving stuff. So inspiring that I got back into swimming, which is no mean feat for an ample 40-something. Soon enough, of course, my shoulders began to crunch like a bag of gravel when I swung my arms over. I was always puffed. It was depressing. But I then started reading about ex-Olympians’ injuries and my spirits lifted. Things could be worse; a crunchy shoulder is nothing compared to an ex-Olympian’s career-ending foot injury. So I wondered: was it better to have had an Olympic career and fallen into disrepair, or to have never had an Olympic career at all?

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