culture

Listening to Roberta Flack

‘First Take’, released 50 years ago, still echoes through the present

‘The Lying Life of Adults’ by Elena Ferrante

The Neapolitan author returns to characters driven by compulsions and tensions of class

‘The Time of Our Lives’ by Robert Dessaix

The memoirist’s latest, surprisingly unsettling instalment

In our nature: ‘Vesper Flights’

Helen Macdonald explores how the study of animals reveals unknown aspects of ourselves

Body politic: ‘Boys State’

American democracy is documented in all its gangly, acne-mottled glory

Soul music: Kev Carmody

The life and tunes of a great Australian songwriter

Lost for words

Bryan Dawe on life without John Clarke

Processing trauma: ‘I May Destroy You’

Michaela Coel’s inventive series charting sexual assault and creativity is this month’s streaming standout

Bunkered down: ‘The Translators’

With a confusing plot and a reliance on clichés, the French thriller fails to excite

The shifting interior: Chris Smith’s ‘Second Hand Smoke’

The home-recording Melbourne guitarist’s first album in more than a decade is free-ranging yet ruminative

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