books   February 24, 2024

Sydney Brutalism

It’s the mark of a timely book that when you see it, you’re amazed it didn’t already exist. There is much great brutalist architecture in Sydney, but it’s scattered and easy to forget about. When you see it gathered within the covers of Sydney...

books   February 24, 2024


In Sarah Sasson’s debut novel, Tidelines , Grub and Elijah share an idyllic childhood in the suburbs of Sydney, surfing and exploring nature with their birdwatching father. But when they finish high school and begin their adult lives in the city –...

books   February 24, 2024

Who Owns the Moon?

The title of British philosopher A. C. Grayling’s new book – Who Owns the Moon? In Defence of Humanity’s Common Interests in Space – offers a more urgent question than you might think. The race is already on for the moon’s platinum, lithium and...

film   February 24, 2024

Director Ethan Coen and editor Tricia Cooke

Drive-Away Dolls – the new film from director Ethan Coen and editor Tricia Cooke – took only a month to shoot but, like their partnership, was a long-term commitment.

festival   February 24, 2024

Perth Festival 2024

Marrugeku and the West Australian Opera are the undeniable stars of this last Perth Festival under Iain Grandage’s stewardship.

music   February 24, 2024

Mona Foma 2024

Tasmania’s Mona Foma – the Museum of Old and New Art’s summer festival – offers a glimpse of what Australia could be.

film   February 24, 2024

The Zone of Interest

Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest is an outstanding film that attempts to understand how we remain trapped in the unresolved aftermath of a terrifying history.

the influence   February 24, 2024

German artist Sung Tieu on Lutz Bacher

German artist Sung Tieu’s fascination with the enigmatic artist Lutz Bacher stems from how they create politically charged connections between personal preoccupations and wider structures of power.

fiction   February 24, 2024


The first time it happened they were in bed together. Dylan was on top of her, his face close to hers. Emily had closed her eyes, trying to keep her mind from wandering back to conversations at work, or the question of whether her housemate could...

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.