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Durbach Block Jaggers is a practice in argument
By Erik Jensen
Cover of The Gustav Sonata
Chatto & Windus; $29.99
By Peter Craven
Cover of Barkskins
Fourth Estate; $32.99
By Helen Elliott
Image of The Avalanches
The Avalanches’ ‘Wildflower’ isn’t the comeback we needed
By Anwen Crawford
A still from Embrace of the Serpent
Ciro Guerra’s ‘Embrace of the Serpent’ brings together two Amazonian encounters
By Luke Davies
Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s documentary ‘Weiner’ charts the fall of a congressman who can’t keep out of the spotlight
By Leigh Sales
Cover of The Art of Time Travel
Tom Griffiths’ ‘The Art of Time Travel’ is a thoughtful look at some of Australia’s most prominent historians
By Barry Hill
Image of Svetlana Alexievich
Nobel Prize–winning journalist Svetlana Alexievich brings together an extraordinarily diverse group of Russian voices
By Anna Goldsworthy
Illustration
Max Richter brings his nocturnal odyssey ‘Sleep’ to the Sydney Opera House
By Anwen Crawford
Cover of White Sands
Text Publishing; $32.99
By Stephanie Bishop
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, until 4 September 2016
By Julie Ewington
Briggs
Briggs on hip-hop, humour and a new generation of Aboriginal leaders
By Anwen Crawford
Image of Aaron Pedersen and Alex Russell in Goldstone
Cultural conflicts in Ivan Sen’s ‘Goldstone’ and the ABC’s ‘Cleverman’
By Luke Davies
Presenter John Hamblin on Play School
‘Play School’ celebrates 50 years of preschool education and entertainment
By Russell Marks
Puzzling out the singular Degas at the National Gallery of Victoria
By Sebastian Smee
Illustration
The boat cruise commentary had everything – except indigenous Tasmania
By Bruce Pascoe
Rachel Perkins
The Arrernte Women’s Project is preserving vital songs and culture
By Rachel Perkins
Illustration
Bruce Munro’s ‘Field of Light’ brings 50,000 LED spheres to Uluru
By Ashley Hay

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