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Arts & Letters

Cover of The Hatred of Poetry
Ben Lerner’s ‘The Hatred of Poetry’ brings together questions of art and politics
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’
Cover of Barkskins
Fourth Estate; $32.99
Image of The Avalanches
The Avalanches’ ‘Wildflower’ isn’t the comeback we needed
A still from Embrace of the Serpent
Ciro Guerra’s ‘Embrace of the Serpent’ brings together two Amazonian encounters
Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s documentary ‘Weiner’ charts the fall of a congressman who can’t keep out of the spotlight
Cover of The Art of Time Travel
Tom Griffiths’ ‘The Art of Time Travel’ is a thoughtful look at some of Australia’s most prominent historians
Image of Svetlana Alexievich
Nobel Prize–winning journalist Svetlana Alexievich brings together an extraordinarily diverse group of Russian voices
Cover of White Sands
Text Publishing; $32.99
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, until 4 September 2016
Briggs
Briggs on hip-hop, humour and a new generation of Aboriginal leaders
Image of Aaron Pedersen and Alex Russell in Goldstone
Cultural conflicts in Ivan Sen’s ‘Goldstone’ and the ABC’s ‘Cleverman’
Presenter John Hamblin on Play School
‘Play School’ celebrates 50 years of preschool education and entertainment
Puzzling out the singular Degas at the National Gallery of Victoria
Cover of Unnecessary Wars
NewSouth Publishing; $29.99
Dragon circa 700s
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, until 10 July 2016

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