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Arts & Letters

The Gothic horror of Bennett Miller’s ‘Foxcatcher’
By Luke Davies
‘Pop to Popism’ at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
By Julie Ewington
‘James Turrell: A Retrospective’ at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
By Benjamin Law
Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne
By David Neustein
By Les Murray
  Plucked chook we called Poultry, or Fowl, a meat rare in our kitchens, crepe-skinned for festivity or medicine. As Chooks alive, they were placid donors of eggs and mild music. Perches and dark gave them sleep. Then came the...
By Josephine Rowe
At 33 he goes back to the town his mother was raised in. She’d taken him there as a child every summer, for her own birthday, and they’d rowed out in a hired tinnie to eat a picnic above the place she believed her house must have been. Must still be...
Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’
By Robert Manne
Frank Moorhouse’s ‘Australia Under Surveillance’ and David Horner’s ‘The Spy Catchers: The official history of ASIO, 1949–1963’
By David McKnight
Lena Dunham’s ‘Not That Kind of Girl’
By Anna Goldsworthy
Nick Drake
By Anwen Crawford
Dan Gilroy’s ‘Nightcrawler’ and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘Birdman’
By Luke Davies
Hamish Hamilton; $32.99
By Guy Rundle
Vintage Australia; $32.99
By Brenda Walker
Virago Press; $29.99
By Gretchen Shirm
Bloomsbury; $29.99
By Kevin Rabalais
The perverse attraction of autobiographical fiction
By Ceridwen Dovey
Annabel Crabb’s ‘The Wife Drought’
By Anne Manne