Australian politics, society & culture


‘Wild Bore’ at the Malthouse Theatre is an irreverent criticism of criticism itself
By Alison Croggon
Image of David Lynch and Mark Frost
The groundbreaking series’ co-creator and co-star discuss its enduring appeal and new season
By Andy Hazel
Joan Didion’s ‘South and West’ only scratches at the surface of America’s complex Southern states
By Elle Hardy
Malthouse Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company’s co-production of ‘Away’ explores the shadows of Gow’s sunny and much-loved text
By Alison Croggon
Kelly Reichardt’s latest film is another quiet triumph
By Anwen Crawford
Oil, money, murder and the birth of the FBI
By Elle Hardy
Cover of Exit West
Hamish Hamilton; $32.99
By Helen Elliott
Cover of The Idiot
Jonathan Cape; $32.99
By Stephanie Bishop
A new compilation celebrates the devotional music of jazz legend Alice Coltrane
By Anwen Crawford
Still from Get Out
‘Get Out’ is a sharp mix of horror, satire and racial commentary
By Shane Danielsen
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Detained asylum seekers tell their own stories in ‘They Cannot Take the Sky’
By Maria Tumarkin
Image of Rose Nolan, Big Words – To keep going, breathing helps (circle work), 2016–17
What does ‘The National’ say about contemporary Australian art?
By Julie Ewington
‘Joan’, created by Kate Davis and Emma Valente, is sensory, shapeshifting theatre at its very best
By Alison Croggon
Why the TV adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s novel is not trashy soap but compelling drama
By Claire Corbett
‘Berlin Syndrome’ and the naivety of the tourist–artist
By Luke Goodsell
The collected wisdom of Patrick Pound and Brook Andrew at NGV
By Quentin Sprague
With his new album, ‘Damn’, Kendrick Lamar cements his status as the world’s reigning hip-hop artist
By Anwen Crawford
The documentary is a powerful examination of the OJ Simpson trial within the context of race relations in the US
By Anwen Crawford