Hello, Nasty: Janet Jackson’s sound of rebellion

A new analysis of ‘The Velvet Rope’ shows the controversial artist in transition

Loving polyamory

Debut novel ‘Poly’ normalises masculine anxiety and open relationships

A tribute to Chadwick Boseman

The ‘Black Panther’ star was also a role model to black youth

Australian gothic: ‘The Mother Fault’

Kate Mildenhall’s unrelenting thriller writes into the space between the domestic and the political

Chelmsford revisited

Thirty years on from the excoriating royal commission, two practitioners of deep sleep therapy seek redemption in a defamation case that again blames Scientologists for their downfall

Notes from a noticer: ‘The Details’

Tegan Bennett Daylight’s delicate and arresting essay collection draws attention to attention itself

Look back in horror: ‘Lovecraft Country’

The monsters are both supernatural and human in HBO’s recasting of the horror genre

Yours truly: Taylor Swift’s ‘folklore’

The singer-songwriter explores fictional selves on her tender-hearted eighth album

Milk it: ‘First Cow’

Kelly Reichardt’s restrained frontier film considers the uneasy problems of money and resources

The summer’s tale: On Ali Smith’s seasonal quartet

Addressing climate crisis and global pandemic, the concluding book in Ali Smith’s quartet reminds us that an ending is also a beginning