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...

culture November 11, 2017

Yorgos Lanthimos on the alienation of realism

Yorgos Lanthimos teams mundane musings and deadpan delivery to create humour and horror. The Greek filmmaker talks about what inspires his twisted metaphors, and who they are for. “We would never make a film to give a solution or preach something or teach something. It’s just human beings, you know, being in this world and trying to make sense of it and exploring various sides of it and going, ‘Huh, what do you think about that?’ ”

books November 4, 2017

The Relive Box

Thomas Coraghessan Boyle is a respected American writer who, despite penning 16 novels and 11 short-story collections, has never managed to set the literary world ablaze. His work is commendable, readable and occasionally veers into the fantastical...

books November 4, 2017

The Travelling Cat Chronicles

The Travelling Cat Chronicles has an unusual narrator: a tough-talking, no-nonsense white male cat who declares himself, rather proudly, a “realist”. Nana, as he is later named – a reference in Japanese to his crooked tail that looks like a lucky...

art November 4, 2017

Mika Rottenberg and Anri Sala

Two works – a video installation by Mika Rottenberg in Melbourne and a site-specific work in Sydney by Anri Sala – show how incongruous imagery can reveal the absurdity of the forces to which we unthinkingly submit.

television November 4, 2017

Actor and director George Clooney

In Suburbicon, George Clooney’s latest turn behind the camera, the foibles of American society are again in the spotlight. Here, the actor–director talks about gun laws, the sanctity of the fourth estate and how failure breeds success. “No one wants to look at someone with a string of hits and a string of right decisions. You have to make bad decisions and … you have to make mistakes. You only learn from mistakes. You never learn from success.”

portrait November 4, 2017

Liz Cahalan’s Bey Dance

How Liz Cahalan is using motherhood, dance and Beyoncé to change lives.