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portrait July 13, 2019

Writer and activist Lamisse Hamouda

A chat with Lamisse Hamouda about how she freed her father from an Egyptian prison.

film July 13, 2019

Booksmart

A refreshing and often groundbreaking portrayal of female adolescence, Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart deserves to be a classic, despite its slow start at the box office.

art July 13, 2019

Artist Michael Armitage

With his bold, sumptuous paintings, Michael Armitage is intent on challenging colonial assumptions about East Africa and revealing the region’s complexities. “Sex, poverty and dictators: if you are talking about this part of the world, you always come up against those stereotypes and that’s been very difficult … For me, it’s been important to use an exotic language but show that it is also a form of dumbing down.”

art July 13, 2019

Material Place and The Gas Imaginary

As mining interests continue to dominate Australia’s landscape, two exhibitions at UNSW Galleries consider humanity’s exploitation of the planet’s resources.

books July 13, 2019

Nganajungu Yagu

In this collection, which stands as an ode to the matriarchy and reinvigorates the art of letter-writing, poet Charmaine Papertalk Green imprints her multilingualism into the Australian consciousness through a trail of correspondence between herself...

books July 13, 2019

The US Lobby and Australian Defence Policy

Amid discussions about China’s attempts to expand its influence in Australia by means both overt and covert, a book that examines a far more successful operation involving another foreign power is especially welcome. Melbourne businessman Phil...

books July 13, 2019

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong’s debut novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous , takes its title from a poem in his 2016 collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds ; 10 verses spoken to a past lover, freighted with the same concerns that undergird the novel – war and its...

books July 6, 2019

Yellow City

While awaiting the publication of Ellena Savage’s debut essay collection, Blueberries , we have this blessing of a chapbook, Yellow City . A former editor of Farrago and The Lifted Brow , Savage has published widely already, her voice reassuringly...

books July 6, 2019

A Constant Hum

Set in the aftermath of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, Alice Bishop’s debut collection of stories packs an emotional punch. Bishop herself grew up in Christmas Hills, one of the towns ravaged by fire, and it is clear the ideas and stories in A...

books July 6, 2019

The Yield

The past is fraught territory, particularly when it comes to those territorial pasts marked by trauma. How can such histories be explored without proving overwhelming? It is a question raised at the beginning of Tara June Winch’s new novel, The...

portrait July 6, 2019

MONA FOMA and Dark Mofo’s Hannah Fox

A swim, au naturel, with associate creative director Hannah Fox.