September 2016

Essays

Society

Is Michelle Guthrie tuned in to the ABC?

The new managing director’s vision isn’t clear

Education

Thinking caps on

Where has demand driven our universities?

Books

The man who never grew up

The life and legacy of Roald Dahl

The Nation Reviewed

International politics

China flexes

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

Federal politics

Playing charades

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

Architecture

Compressed contemporary

Durbach Block Jaggers is a practice in argument

Environment

An island ark

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

Vox

The Vox Owl

The perfect host

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

Arts & Letters

Books

The secrets of others

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

Books

Double dissolution

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

Culture

Off the grid

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

Music

Someone, anyone

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

Noted

Television

‘Catastrophe’

Season two; ABC2

In Light of Recent Events

Cartoon

The Rio Olympics was inspiring ...