September 2017

Essays  Right arrow


Title fight

The people of the Pilbara take on Australia’s great philanthropist

Title fight
The crankhandle of history


The crankhandle of history

Thirty years on, what should we make of Bruce Chatwin’s song to the songlines?

The Nation Reviewed  Right arrow

Jeff Fisher Illustration

Federal politics

Canberra needs a watchdog

Who is keeping an eye on our federal politicians?


Issues and policies

Tents in the city

The controversy over Martin Place’s homeless community became a political power struggle



Hump day

The descendants of Australia’s “Afghan” cameleers get together in remote South Australia



A beautiful chaos

The Artful Dodgers Studios is a haven for young artists and musicians

Vox  Right arrow

The Vox Owl

True love in Nauru

Two gay refugees face an unwelcoming community and an uncertain future

Arts & Letters  Right arrow

Image of Alfred Deakin


Success dogged him

Judith Brett’s ‘The Enigmatic Mr Deakin’ is a skilful portrait of Australia’s second prime minister

Cover of JM Coetzee’s ‘Late Essays: 2006–2017’


Sly late style

JM Coetzee’s ‘Late Essays: 2006–2017’ shows his deep respect and sympathy for fellow writers

Image of Samuel Beckett


A certain madness

Beneath the surface comedy of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Watt’ lies a metaphysical quest to know the unknowable

The script changed

The script changed

James Gray’s ‘The Lost City of Z’

Torch songs


Torch songs

Lana Del Rey gets a little happier on ‘Lust for Life’

Noted  Right arrow

Cover of Forest Dark
‘Whipbird’ by Robert Drewe
Cover of Home Fire


‘Home Fire’ by Kamila Shamsie

Shamsie’s seventh novel puts a modern spin on an Ancient Greek tragedy

In Light of Recent Events  Right arrow
Activities best avoided: a spousal survey
In light of recent events