Arts & Letters

Cover of Forest Dark
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
Image of Samuel Beckett
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
Image of Alfred Deakin
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
Image of Jen Cloher
Jen Cloher’s self-titled album is a unique take on the trials of a touring musician
By Anwen Crawford
David Lowery’s ‘A Ghost Story’ successfully combines sorrow, absurdity and the supernatural
By Luke Davies
Image of The Rabble’s ‘Special’
La Mama, one of Australia’s most influential theatre companies, turns 50
By Alison Croggon
Reko Rennie, ‘OA_RR’ (detail), 2017
‘Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial’ at Canberra’s National Gallery of Australia
By Sebastian Smee
Black Inc.; $29.99
By Frank Bongiorno
Bloomsbury; $18.99
By Stephanie Bishop
With their two new other-worldly albums, Shabazz Palaces continue to evade categorisation
By Anwen Crawford
Jennifer Peedom’s ‘Mountain’ is a meditation on the allure of the climb
By Sebastian Smee
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