Culture

Hamish Hamilton; $32.99
By Louise Swinn
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Bloomsbury; $24.99
By Stephanie Bishop
Lana Del Rey gets a little happier on ‘Lust for Life’
By Anwen Crawford
James Gray’s ‘The Lost City of Z’
By Shane Danielsen
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Beneath the surface comedy of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Watt’ lies a metaphysical quest to know the unknowable
By JM Coetzee
Cover of JM Coetzee’s ‘Late Essays: 2006–2017’
JM Coetzee’s ‘Late Essays: 2006–2017’ shows his deep respect and sympathy for fellow writers
By Barry Hill
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Judith Brett’s ‘The Enigmatic Mr Deakin’ is a skilful portrait of Australia’s second prime minister
By Mark McKenna
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Thirty years on, what should we make of Bruce Chatwin’s song to the songlines?
By Richard Cooke
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The Artful Dodgers Studios is a haven for young artists and musicians
By Jaye Kranz
‘Mischka’s War’ is a historian’s honest attempt at preserving both love and objectivity
By Emily Gallagher
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Sophia Brous assembled another magnificently eclectic program for her festival’s second outing
By Jenny Valentish
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With ‘Taboo’, Kim Scott sketches out a new way of accepting our histories, and imagining our future.
By Shannon Burns
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Joshua Green chronicles Steve Bannon’s rise to prominence – and offers an insight into what he might be capable of now
By Elle Hardy
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‘The Silent Eye’ is the latest of Amiel Courtin-Wilson’s films to resist easy categorisation
By Lauren Carroll Harris
Taylor Mac’s ‘HIR’ at Belvoir is not your average kitchen-sink drama
By Fiona McGregor
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Alzheimer’s drives the narrative of Rachel Khong’s ‘Goodbye, Vitamin’ but it isn’t the novel’s focus
By Jessica Au
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Malthouse Theatre’s ‘The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man’ runs the risk of erasing its protagonist
By Alison Croggon
Luc Besson discusses humanity, utopia and his latest film, ‘Valerian’
By Luke Goodsell

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