Australian politics, society & culture


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
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
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
Bloomsbury; $29.99
By Richard Cooke
Faber & Faber; $29.99
By Brenda Walker
A praying knight from the Westminster Psalter, circa 1250 AD. Courtesy of the British Library
Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘The Buried Giant’
By Helen Elliott
The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building. © Andrew Worssam
Frank Gehry’s Dr Chau Chak Wing Building
By David Neustein
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
Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’
By Luke Davies
Dibirdibi Country (2012), Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda (Mrs Gabori).
The meteoric career of Kaiadilt painter Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda
By Quentin Sprague
Behind the scenes of ‘Maximum Choppage’, a new kung-fu comedy
By Benjamin Law
Hamish Hamilton; $32.99
By Michael Lucy
The morality of gambling
By David Walsh
Nick Feik, the editor of the Monthly, asked me to write an essay for his esteemed rag. Now I’m a bit pissed off at the Monthly, so initially I didn’t really want to do it. I’m a bit pissed off because Richard Flanagan did a piece on Mona (my museum, and the only reason anyone asks me to write anything) and me for the
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
By Mungo MacCallum