Australian politics, society & culture


HarperCollins; $29.99
By Gretchen Shirm
Faber & Faber; $29.99
By Kevin Rabalais
Xavier Dolan’s ‘Mommy’
By Luke Davies
Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Carrie & Lowell’
By Anwen Crawford
By Anna Goldsworthy
Clive James. © Marco Secchi / Getty
Clive James’ ‘Sentenced to Life’ and Les Murray’s ‘Waiting for the Past’
By Justin Clemens
By Amiel Courtin-Wilson
An elderly black man with large, bright eyes sits in bed, his wiry frame hunched over as he writes. He lights a cigarette and barely inhales before blowing smoke into the air. Dawn is near. I am sifting through old videos on the ground floor of the man’s four-storey Brooklyn brownstone. A glowing figure on a
There is a jarring disconnect between social media–fuelled activism and general disenfranchisement with politics. How are journalists bridging the divide?   Madonna King (journalist and biographer of Joe Hockey), Mary Delahunty (author of Public Life, Private Grief and Gravity: Inside the PM’s office
On 1 January 1915, ramifications from World War One, raging half a world away, were felt in Broken Hill. In a guerrilla-style military operation, four citizens were killed and seven wounded. With his novella Oddfellows, masterful writer Nicholas Shakespeare has turned this little-known piece of Australian history into
The new nonfiction books by Christine Kenneally (The Invisible History of the Human Race) and Andrea di Robilant (Chasing the Rose: An adventure in the Venetian countryside) are so gripping that they will have you hooked from the introduction. At the Perth Writers Festival 2015, they talk to John Harman about writing
Faber & Faber; $29.99
By Brenda Walker
Bloomsbury; $29.99
By Richard Cooke
Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’
By Luke Davies
Courtney Barnett. © Adela Loconte
Courtney Barnett’s ‘Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit’ and Darren Hanlon’s ‘Where Did You Come From?’
By Anwen Crawford
The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building. © Andrew Worssam
Frank Gehry’s Dr Chau Chak Wing Building
By David Neustein
A praying knight from the Westminster Psalter, circa 1250 AD. Courtesy of the British Library
Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘The Buried Giant’
By Helen Elliott
By Ryan O'Neill
  Q The way you might get dressed in the morning and notice for the first time a bruise on your arm, and wonder how it got there. This was how he had come to think of his marriage. W The last time they had gone out together was two years earlier. They hired a babysitter, and went to a party at a