Arts & Letters

Fleet; $27.99
By Stephanie Bishop
Allen & Unwin; $32.99
By Helen Elliott
The intangible beauty of The Clientele’s ‘Music for the Age of Miracles’
By Anwen Crawford
Still from mother!
A creative’s mea culpa? An allegory for environmental devastation? Either way, Darren Aronofsky’s ‘mother!’ is an exhausting film.
By Shane Danielsen
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Jennifer Egan’s dynamic new novel, ‘Manhattan Beach’, will reward all readers
By Kevin Rabalais
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Stephin Merritt brings his ‘50 Song Memoir’ to the Melbourne Festival
By Darryn King
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Taylor Mac takes on ‘A 24-Decade History of Popular Music’
By Laura Parker
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Richard Flanagan explores a different kind of darkness in ‘First Person’
By Geordie Williamson
Cover of Home Fire
Shamsie’s seventh novel puts a modern spin on an Ancient Greek tragedy
By Helen Elliott
Hamish Hamilton; $32.99
By Louise Swinn
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Bloomsbury; $24.99
By Stephanie Bishop
Lana Del Rey gets a little happier on ‘Lust for Life’
By Anwen Crawford
James Gray’s ‘The Lost City of Z’
By Shane Danielsen
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Beneath the surface comedy of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Watt’ lies a metaphysical quest to know the unknowable
By JM Coetzee
Cover of JM Coetzee’s ‘Late Essays: 2006–2017’
JM Coetzee’s ‘Late Essays: 2006–2017’ shows his deep respect and sympathy for fellow writers
By Barry Hill
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Judith Brett’s ‘The Enigmatic Mr Deakin’ is a skilful portrait of Australia’s second prime minister
By Mark McKenna
Sydney Opera House (touring Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne)
By Fiona McGregor
Trans. Penny Hueston; Text Publishing; $24.99
By Helen Elliott