culture

Character study: Craig Silvey on ‘Honeybee’

The author’s first novel since ‘Jasper Jones’ raises questions about who should tell contemporary trans stories

Cocktail hour: ‘On the Rocks’

Bill Murray and Rashida Jones are a formidable duo in Sofia Coppola’s new film

Aliens among us: Sayaka Murata’s ‘Earthlings’

The bestselling author of ‘Convenience Store Woman’ delivers another dark tale of alienation and belonging

Listening to Roberta Flack

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

Australian gothic: ‘The Mother Fault’

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

‘Little Eyes’ by Samanta Schweblin (trans. Megan McDowell)

Intimacy and privacy blur as people adopt cybernetic pets inhabited remotely by others, in this disturbing speculative fiction

‘What Are You Going Through’ by Sigrid Nunez

The late-life author of ‘The Friend’ delivers a chastening and discursive novel of mourning

Audio tapestry

A tangle of red tape is robbing us of music podcasts in Australia

‘Cinematic’ television: ‘ZeroZeroZero’

Forget comparisons to cinema, TV is developing its own compelling aesthetic

Attack on language: ‘Surviving Autocracy’ and ‘Twilight of Democracy’

Masha Gessen and Anne Applebaum sound alarms on how ‘post-truth’ public debate leaves us mute in the face of autocracy

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