books September 18, 2021

Beirut 2020: The Collapse of a Civilization, a Journal

Charif Majdalani is one of Lebanon’s most laurelled novelists. Born in Beirut in 1960, he writes in French and has been celebrated across the Francophone world. He lived in France for 13 years from 1980 and was later a professor of French literature...

books September 18, 2021

Checkout 19

Claire-Louise Bennett’s 2015 novel Pond was a minor masterpiece offering an account in granular detail of the life of a solitary woman living on the west coast of Ireland. Her second novel, Checkout 19 , is more expansive in scope and scale, as...

books September 18, 2021

Ten Thousand Aftershocks

The Christchurch earthquake of February 22, 2011 hammered Michelle Tom’s house, but the terror didn’t stop that day. It was repeated in the “ten thousand aftershocks” of her memoir’s title. One day the following December after two giant aftershocks...

television September 18, 2021

SBS documentary Lost for Words

An unexpectedly joyous documentary series highlights how many people struggle with literacy every day.

games September 18, 2021

The Artful Escape

The Artful Escape’s exuberant style and psychedelic soundtrack can’t mask its essential superficiality.

architecture September 18, 2021

New look for Upfield railway line

The new Upfield railway line development is a triumph, restoring parkland to space-starved citizens.

culture September 18, 2021

Arts dynamo Deborah Ely

After a decade overseeing the construction and opening of Bundanon’s groundbreaking new art museum, Deborah Ely is moving on to the next big thing.

fiction September 18, 2021

About this object

Paintbox, belonging to Isaac Smith, who carried it on the voyage of the Endeavour (1768-1771) and the later voyages of the Resolution (1772-1775 and 1776-1779). Smith was the midshipman cousin of the wife of the captain, the famous Captain Cook...

the influence September 18, 2021

Damiano Bertoli (1969–2021)

Melbourne artist Lisa Radford, a friend and colleague of Damiano Bertoli’s, remembers his major work Le Désir, a series of performances of a little-known play by Picasso.

the influence September 11, 2021

Jazz Money

Poet Jazz Money talks about how Alexis Wright’s novel Carpentaria has inspired her work and paved the way for other Indigenous writers.

music September 11, 2021

Kacey Musgraves’ Star-Crossed

The joyousness of Kacey Musgraves’ previous album entranced even hardened cynics, but her latest work, Star-Crossed, takes us back to the dark.