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Culture February 21, 2024

The exclusionary empowerment of Taylor Swift

The success and scale of Taylor Swift’s Australian tour reflects the country’s unresolved relationship with class, gender and race.


Music February 17, 2024

MGMT’s Loss of Life

MGMT may be distinctive for their ability to constantly move on, but Loss of Life is their most palpably emotional record yet.

Opera February 17, 2024

Victorian Opera’s Candide

In Victorian Opera’s ocker production, Leonard Bernstein’s ebullient Candide is rendered as a queer shaggy dog story.

The Influence February 17, 2024

Kutcha Edwards on Joe Geia’s beloved song ‘Yil Lull’

For Kutcha Edwards, ‘Yil Lull’ brings hope that rises past anger and pain.

Fiction February 17, 2024

Three poems by Damien Millar

Reconfigurations So unmade and remade, I track the electric spotlight of nerves. The gut is a river, tributaries swelling wildly. Balloon legs. A dinner-plate heart. The kidney they abstracted was the size of a footy, six kilos, the …

Film February 17, 2024

Filmmaker Molly Manning Walker

Molly Manning Walker’s debut feature, How To Have Sex,   an unblinking look at teenage hedonism, consent and  rape, has made her a major force in international cinema.

Television February 14, 2024

True Detective: Night Country

Night Country – the fourth season of the darkly philosophical police procedural True Detective – brilliantly reinvents the show.

Books February 10, 2024

James Colley
The Next Big Thing

Comedy writer James Colley’s debut novel, The Next Big Thing, opens with a clipping from the former Fairfax’s Good Weekend supplement, published in 1985. The first of a series of such missives punctuating each chapter, it identifies …

Opera February 10, 2024

Opera Australia’s The Magic Flute

Opera Australia’s The Magic Flute embraces a nostalgic vision of white Australia that undermines Mozart’s cutting social commentary.

Music February 10, 2024

Sleater-Kinney’s Little Rope

Rock duo Sleater-Kinney’s new album, Little Rope, explores feelings of loss in songs layered with contradictions, complexity and wildness.

World February 10, 2024

Musician Naomi Saalfield

In a life haunted by the shadow of death, Naomi Saalfield – best known as Nai Palm, lead singer of Grammy-nominated Melbourne band Hiatus Kaiyote – has learnt what she values most.

Architecture February 10, 2024

Taylor and Hinds on discovering the truth of Country

For Tasmanian practice Taylor and Hinds, developing deep and long-term relationships with specific Aboriginal communities is a process of discovering the truth of Country.

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Books February 17, 2024

Myfanwy Jones
Cool Water

Melbourne author Myfanwy Jones’s last novel, the 2015 Miles Franklin-shortlisted Leap, was a deceptively complex creation. Emotionally acute and raw in its portrayal of guilt and grief, it was simultaneously oddly elliptical, with an almost …

Books February 17, 2024

Linda Margolin Royal
The Star on the Grave

It wasn’t uncommon for Jewish people to remain silent about their experiences of the horrors of World War II in Europe, something that contributed to the inherited trauma of their children and grandchildren. Indeed, it wasn’t unheard of for people …

Books February 17, 2024

Roslyn Orlando
Ekhō

It’s no wonder Greek myths keep being modernised, when the times feel so consequential, riven with myriad disruptions caused by hubris and violation. Ekhō is the latest such retelling, a book-length poem in three sections by writer and artist …