books February 23, 2019

brookings: the noun

Male writers and critics seem more prone than their female counterparts to making claims about each other’s genius. After revisiting Jennifer Maiden’s work for this review, I feel it’s time to buck that trend. Maiden’s work is idiosyncratic, urgent...

books February 23, 2019

Beside Myself

Sasha Marianna Salzmann’s debut novel starts by advising, “I don’t know where we’re going.” From there, Beside Myself takes you from Moscow to Berlin to Istanbul on a dizzying trip through time. Alissa – Ali –leaves Germany in search of her missing...

portrait February 23, 2019

Filmmaker Elizabeth Pepin Silva

Watching the waves with surfer, photographer and documentarian Elizabeth Pepin Silva.

books February 23, 2019

The Year of the Beast

The sixth and final novel of Steven Carroll’s Glenroy series takes us back to where this intergenerational saga begins, to Melbourne in 1917, and to Maryanne, a 40-year-old woman who is pregnant with an illegitimate child; a child who is “the egg...

music February 23, 2019

Julia Jacklin’s Crushing

Julia Jacklin’s new album Crushing has moments when her lyrical directness perfectly complements its dark folk-rock sound, which excuse some of the experimental missteps elsewhere.

books February 16, 2019

You Know You Want This

Kristen Roupenian’s name may not be familiar, but there’s a good chance you’ve read, or at least heard of, her short story “Cat Person”. After its publication in The New Yorker in 2017, that story went viral on social media, inspiring hundreds of...

books February 16, 2019


Thanks to Snapchat and Instagram filters, and cosmetic injectables and other “treatments”, modern standards of beauty are perhaps more standardised than ever. Uneven teeth, lined foreheads, body hair, jowls – you need to look hard to find them,...

books February 16, 2019

The Photographer at Sixteen

On July 31, 1975 – in the midst of an uncharacteristically hot English summer – Magda Szirtes, a Jewish Hungarian survivor of World War II, took an overdose in her North London home. The ambulance dispatched to revive her was delayed by a minor...

portrait February 9, 2019

OzHarvest founder Ronni Kahn

A tour through the headquarters of food distributor OzHarvest with CEO Ronni Kahn.

theatre February 9, 2019

Antony and Cleopatra

The National Theatre’s modern, militarised take on Antony and Cleopatra – ‘the greatest of Shakespeare’s history plays’ – offers a flat production but fine performances from Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo.

television February 9, 2019

Escape at Dannemora

Ben Stiller’s small-screen directorial debut, Escape at Dannemora, a dramatisation of a real-life prison break, invites viewers’ sympathy for two violent criminals and then churns it into a grim vision of Trump’s America.