Australian politics, society & culture

Arts & Letters

Cover of The Good People
Picador; $32.99
By Helen Elliott
Image of Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ bemuses but rewards
By Anwen Crawford
Image from The Get Down
Netflix’s hip-hop drama ‘The Get Down’ squanders its potential
By Luke Davies
Image of Joy Williams
Celebrated short-story practitioner Joy Williams turns to micro fiction in ‘Ninety-Nine Stories of God’
By Barry Hill
National anthems reflect all the complexities – and oddities – of the countries they represent
By Andrew Ford
‘Mike Parr: Foreign Looking’ brings the anti-institutional artist to the National Gallery of Australia
By Fiona McGregor
Six stories of 100 words
By Paul Connolly
Still from Catastrophe
Season two; ABC2
By Harry Windsor
Cover of The Hate Race
Hachette; $32.99
By Brenda Walker
Image of Angel Olsen
Angel Olsen’s ‘My Woman’ and Sarah Mary Chadwick’s ‘Roses Always Die’
By Anwen Crawford
Still from Captain Fantastic
Matt Ross’ ‘Captain Fantastic’ is a portrait of a family in the wilderness
By Luke Davies
Cover of The Hatred of Poetry
Ben Lerner’s ‘The Hatred of Poetry’ brings together questions of art and politics
By Justin Clemens
Cover of East West Street
Philippe Sands’ ‘East West Street’ mixes memoir, biography and thriller to explain the origins of ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’
By Martin Krygier
Cover of The Gustav Sonata
Chatto & Windus; $29.99
By Peter Craven
Cover of Barkskins
Fourth Estate; $32.99
By Helen Elliott
Image of The Avalanches
The Avalanches’ ‘Wildflower’ isn’t the comeback we needed
By Anwen Crawford
A still from Embrace of the Serpent
Ciro Guerra’s ‘Embrace of the Serpent’ brings together two Amazonian encounters
By Luke Davies
Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s documentary ‘Weiner’ charts the fall of a congressman who can’t keep out of the spotlight
By Leigh Sales

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