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Arts & Letters

Image of surveillance of David Combe
The third volume in ASIO’s official history confirms infiltration by Soviet intelligence
By David McKnight
In Zadie Smith’s new novel ‘Swing Time’, identity is always under construction
By Helen Elliott
Image of Ram’s Head, Blue Morning Glory by Georgia O’Keefe
‘O’Keefe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism’ brings together three giants of modernism
By Julie Ewington
Cover of Born To Run
Simon & Schuster; $49.99
By Anwen Crawford
Cover of The Lesser Bohemians
Text Publishing; $29.99
By Helen Elliott
Australian hip-hop artist Tkay Maidza brings a lifetime on the move to her debut album, ‘Tkay’
By Anwen Crawford
Still from American Honey
Andrea Arnold’s ‘American Honey’ is an exuberant, if meandering, trip
By Luke Davies
Still from Collisions
Lynette Wallworth’s ‘Collisions’ brings virtual reality to the Western Desert
By Quentin Sprague
Roof detail of the Australian Islamic Centre
The Australian Islamic Centre is notable for what it isn’t as much as for what it is
By David Neustein
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JM Coetzee’s ‘The Schooldays of Jesus’ is defined by its strangeness
By Geordie Williamson
Cover of The Island Will Sink
The Lifted Brow; $29.99
By Michael Lucy
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
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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

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