Arts & Letters

Laura Poitras’ ‘Risk’ sidesteps the biggest question about Julian Assange
By Robert Manne
Arundhati Roy’s ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’ was worth the 20-year wait
By Helen Elliott
Australia’s Tracey Moffatt leads the way at the 57th Venice Biennale
By Julie Ewington
Cover of Men Without Women
Harvill Secker; $35
By Stephanie Bishop
Cover of Anything Is Possible
Viking; $29.99
By Helen Elliott
Image of Doctor Who producer Verity Lambert reviewing sound-effect tapes produced by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
The Radiophonic Workshop, creator of those ‘Doctor Who’ sound effects, is back
By Anwen Crawford
Still from Hounds of Love
Ben Young’s ‘Hounds of Love’ presents horror in all-too-familiar surrounds
By Shane Danielsen
Image of ‘Snow-covered Field with a Harrow (After Millet)’
‘Van Gogh and the Seasons’ at the National Gallery of Victoria
By Sebastian Smee
Cover of Exit West
Hamish Hamilton; $32.99
By Helen Elliott
Cover of The Idiot
Jonathan Cape; $32.99
By Stephanie Bishop
A new compilation celebrates the devotional music of jazz legend Alice Coltrane
By Anwen Crawford
Still from Get Out
‘Get Out’ is a sharp mix of horror, satire and racial commentary
By Shane Danielsen
Image of Donna Sherwani
Detained asylum seekers tell their own stories in ‘They Cannot Take the Sky’
By Maria Tumarkin
Image of Rose Nolan, Big Words – To keep going, breathing helps (circle work), 2016–17
What does ‘The National’ say about contemporary Australian art?
By Julie Ewington
Still from Loving
eOne Films
By Harry Windsor
Cover of Fever Dream
Trans. Megan McDowell; Oneworld; $19.99
By Helen Elliott
Image of George Michael
On George Michael, race and pop
By Anwen Crawford
Still from Atlanta
There’s some bite to Donald Glover’s languid, lyrical comedy series ‘Atlanta’
By Luke Davies