books February 15, 2020

Unfinished Business

It’s a slim volume, Unfinished Business , but the depth and breadth of the nine essays within belie appearances: this small book is certainly not insubstantial in its close (re-)examination of literary works. In the hands of Vivian Gornick, an...

books February 15, 2020

Cherry Beach

The blurb for Cherry Beach , Melbourne-based author Laura McPhee-Browne’s debut novel, reads like the most tired kind of chick lit. It promises melodrama – in the form of lifelong friendships torn asunder, unrequited love and men gone bad, all set...

books February 15, 2020

Flight Lines

A growing number of writers grappling with the accelerated rate at which our habitat is changing are also demonstrating our connectedness to the natural world. This summer, those of us not directly in the line of fire have adapted to the haze and...

music February 15, 2020

Tame Impala’s The Slow Rush

Tame Impala’s long-delayed fourth album, The Slow Rush, reckons with the passing of time and the value of solitude. It’s well worth the wait.

dance February 15, 2020

The Design Plot

Using dance, Shelley Lasica’s ongoing collaborative project The Design Plot maps the space between the performers and the audience, examining the macro and the micro as part of a whole.

books February 8, 2020


Wayne Marshall’s debut collection of short stories is a book that can be wholly judged by its cover. On it, a burly bloke embraces a kangaroo who wears a Carlton footy vest – a queer romantic scene that is backlit by the gentle glow of a telly...

film February 1, 2020

True History of the Kelly Gang

Despite its limitations, Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang is the first film to capture the verve and intensity of this iconic story.

theatre February 1, 2020

Home, I’m Darling

Boasting a superlative performance by Nikki Shiels, Home, I’m Darling combines high farce and drama to interrogate gender roles.

music February 1, 2020

Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig

After a six-year hiatus, Ezra Koenig’s band Vampire Weekend won a 2020 Grammy for their latest album, Father of the Bride. He reflects on the changing landscape of the music industry and how he handles his new-found fame. “We have a deep connection with a certain group of people, and we’ve grown it a little bit, but at a very sustainable rate.”

books February 1, 2020

Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming

László Krasznahorkai’s most recent novel, first published in Hungarian in 2016 and now available in a formidable translation by Ottilie Mulzet, captures with inspired but sinister exactness the feeling of a collective headlong flight – terrified but...

books February 1, 2020


Readers were first introduced to the unnamed narrator of Cleanness in Garth Greenwell’s debut, What Belongs to You . This first book followed the fraught emotional and sexual life of an American teacher living in Sofia, Bulgaria, as he struggled to...