portrait November 18, 2017

Black Lives Matter in Australia

Maxine Beneba Clarke on the Black Grapevine and the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement.

culture November 18, 2017

Artist Del Kathryn Barton’s atheistic devotion

Motherhood saw artist Del Kathryn Barton wholeheartedly embrace colour, but her work’s mystical and frenetic style – on show in a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria – emerged from the troubled inner life of her own childhood. “It was a very rich part of managing my anxiety growing up, growing these deep internal creative places. It gave me a lot of fortitude.”

books November 18, 2017


Ali Smith’s 2016 novel, Autumn , was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and acclaimed as the first serious post-Brexit novel. Winter , the second in her “Seasonal Quartet”, is just as stunning and continues Smith’s extreme engagement with reality. The...

books November 18, 2017

The Woman Who Fooled the World

Despite being fresh in our minds, the case of Belle Gibson is still compelling. A self-styled “wellness warrior” who built a business by hoodwinking millions into believing she had cured terminal brain cancer, Gibson’s fraudulent house of cards was...

books November 18, 2017

Future Home of the Living God

Future Home of the Living God is another example of the growing genre known as climate-change fiction or cli-fi. Louise Erdrich is a multi-award-winning American writer whose mother is First Nation (Chippewa) and whose father is German-American, and...

music November 17, 2017

Mavis Staples’ ‘If All I Was Was Black’

Teaming once more with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples has produced a powerful new album. But, says the veteran performer, her heart aches as she rails still against the racial division she’s been fighting for decades.

portrait November 11, 2017

Musician Ron Peno

A blabbering chat with singer-songwriter Ron Peno.

books November 11, 2017

The Future Is History

For some years now Masha Gessen has been the smartest voice in the room when it comes to interpreting Russia for the West – no small compliment when the rooms in question are The New York Review of Books , The New York Times and, more recently, The...

books November 11, 2017

Heather, the Totality

Matthew Weiner was a key figure in the rise of “premium cable” television. As a writer and executive producer on The Sopranos , and the creator and showrunner of Mad Men , Weiner helped usher in the age of high-prestige novelistic television serials...

books November 11, 2017

Going into Town

Roz Chast is the beloved cartoonist from The New Yorker , whose work has graced its pages since 1978 when she submitted her first cartoon at the age of 23. Her art remains unlike anything else, capturing modern life in often amusing moments. In her...

television November 11, 2017

ABC TV’s ‘Screen Time’

Where once the contrary but charming banter of David and Margaret was an authoritative guide to modern cinema, the ABC has replaced it with uninsightful postmodernism and lame jokes.