September 2017

Essays

Society

Title fight

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

Books

The crankhandle of history

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

The Nation Reviewed

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

History

Hump day

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

Art

A beautiful chaos

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

Vox

The Vox Owl

True love in Nauru

Two gay refugees face an unwelcoming community and an uncertain future

Arts & Letters

Books

Success dogged him

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

Books

Sly late style

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

Books

A certain madness

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

Film & Television

The script changed

James Gray’s ‘The Lost City of Z’

Music

Torch songs

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

Noted

Books

‘Whipbird’ by Robert Drewe

Hamish Hamilton; $32.99

Books

‘Home Fire’ by Kamila Shamsie

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

In Light of Recent Events

Cartoon

Activities best avoided: a spousal survey