September 2020

Essays

Culture

Chelmsford revisited

Thirty years on from the excoriating royal commission, two practitioners of deep sleep therapy seek redemption in a defamation case that again blames Scientologists for their downfall

Federal politics

Snapback

In the face of the pandemic, Scott Morrison has failed to adjust his thinking, and wants to return to the way things used to be

The Nation Reviewed

International politics

Choppy waters

Australia’s assumption that China will give up its Pacific rivalry with the US is dangerously misguided

COVID-19

Injustice unmasked

What are the priorities of policing protests under lockdown?

Health

Hysteria as metaphor

What chronic illness can teach us about the limits of the healthcare system during a global crisis

VOX

The Uighurs of Xinjiang

A visit to Ürümqi’s quieted streets and contested museums

From locked out to locked in

When international ports close, what happens to those at sea?

Arts & Letters

Music

The trenches of Mount Druitt: OneFour

Australia’s most infamous hip-hop act is an all-Pasifika group born of Western Sydney’s violent postcode wars

Books

Attack on language: ‘Surviving Autocracy’ and ‘Twilight of Democracy’

Masha Gessen and Anne Applebaum sound alarms on how ‘post-truth’ public debate leaves us mute in the face of autocracy

Television

‘Cinematic’ television: ‘ZeroZeroZero’

Forget comparisons to cinema, TV is developing its own compelling aesthetic

Music

Audio tapestry

A tangle of red tape is robbing us of music podcasts in Australia

Noted

Books

‘What Are You Going Through’ by Sigrid Nunez

The late-life author of ‘The Friend’ delivers a chastening and discursive novel of mourning

Books

‘Little Eyes’ by Samanta Schweblin (trans. Megan McDowell)

Intimacy and privacy blur as people adopt cybernetic pets inhabited remotely by others, in this disturbing speculative fiction

In Light of Recent Events

Cartoon

Let’s colour COVID-19 lockdown by numbers!