Australian politics, society & culture


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Netflix’s hip-hop drama ‘The Get Down’ squanders its potential
By Luke Davies
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Celebrated short-story practitioner Joy Williams turns to micro fiction in ‘Ninety-Nine Stories of God’
By Barry Hill
National anthems reflect all the complexities – and oddities – of the countries they represent
By Andrew Ford
‘Mike Parr: Foreign Looking’ brings the anti-institutional artist to the National Gallery of Australia
By Fiona McGregor
Six stories of 100 words
By Paul Connolly
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The arts funding cuts are just a symptom of a broader malaise in Australia
By Alison Croggon
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Richard Flanagan delivers the inaugural Boisbouvier Lecture
By Richard Flanagan
The late historian leaves behind a stunning body of scholarship
By Tom Griffiths
Helen Pynor’s bio-art explores life after death
By Rebecca Giggs
Video artist Heath Franco is making a name as a provocateur
By Darryn King
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Season two; ABC2
By Harry Windsor
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Hachette; $32.99
By Brenda Walker
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Angel Olsen’s ‘My Woman’ and Sarah Mary Chadwick’s ‘Roses Always Die’
By Anwen Crawford
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Matt Ross’ ‘Captain Fantastic’ is a portrait of a family in the wilderness
By Luke Davies
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Ben Lerner’s ‘The Hatred of Poetry’ brings together questions of art and politics
By Justin Clemens
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Philippe Sands’ ‘East West Street’ mixes memoir, biography and thriller to explain the origins of ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’
By Martin Krygier
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The life and legacy of Roald Dahl
By Anwen Crawford
Durbach Block Jaggers is a practice in argument
By Erik Jensen