Comedy August 13, 2022

Writer and performer Diana Nguyen

Diana Nguyen, who has just co-adapted Alice Pung’s novel Laurinda for the stage, says laughter is the way through pain.

Television August 13, 2022

Killing It

A masterful comedy series takes the American dream and reveals its human cost in consistently surprising ways.

Film August 13, 2022

Melbourne International Film Festival 2022

MIFF boasts some treasures in the depths of its 2022 program.

Visual Art August 13, 2022

Ultra Unreal

An exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art creates new myths for a new technological world.

Fiction August 13, 2022

Thirteen seconds

The 13 seconds in which you break both your legs and reflect – but briefly – on the virtue of humility Are long. They are long. There are only 13 of them but they feel like – like minutes. Like a meaningful period of time. Not …

The Influence August 13, 2022

Daniel Dodds

Watching Claudio Abbado conduct the Berliner Philharmoniker taught violinist Daniel Dodds about the genius of the ensemble.

Books August 6, 2022

Oliver Mol
Train Lord

“The way of the train is also the way of the boarding school, the convent, the prison and the psychiatric hospital,” Jenny Diski wrote in her 2002 travel memoir Stranger on a Train, in which she interweaves the story of a trip around the …

Books August 6, 2022

Katrina Marson
Legitimate Sexpectations: The Power of Sex-ed

Almost one in five Australian women – and one in 20 Australian men – will experience sexual violence after the age of 15. These bleak statistics open Katrina Marson’s Legitimate Sexpectations, a measured yet impassioned call for comprehensive …

Books August 6, 2022

Lynne Tillman
Mothercare: On Obligation, Love, Death, and Ambivalence

Early in Mothercare, a hospital room offers a good analogy for the incompetence of the American healthcare system. Lynne Tillman’s mother has had a seizure and is rushed to hospital in an ambulance. Once she gets there, she’s barely lucid, …

Visual Art August 6, 2022

Where Lakes Once Had Water and Rhythms of the Earth

Where Lakes Once Had Water and Rhythms of the Earth illustrate the tensions between Indigenous and colonial ways of knowing.

Dance August 6, 2022

Victory Over the Moon

Nana Biluš Abaffy’s Victory Over the Moon is a capricious but promising work that explores the paradoxes of conflict.

Fiction August 6, 2022

The crab

I came across a crab while surfing an empty beach break one afternoon. It was a real big one. “Howdy, partner,” he said as I waited for a wave. “G’day,” I said, in my friendliest voice. I didn’t want any trouble. “How’s it going?” …


Books August 13, 2022

Jeff Sparrow
Provocations: New and Selected Writing

Many years ago, before algorithms channelled our interactions with the written word, it was possible to stumble upon the quirkiest pieces of writing. I once turned a page in The New Yorker to a very long story about American baseball. I knew …

Books August 13, 2022

Harrison Christian
Should We Fall to Ruin

Gallipoli’s power to sustain the culture wars is probably the only thing preventing the Pacific theatre from becoming Australia’s most important wartime legend. The Pacific resonates deeply with the present, as an ascendant Asian power expands south …

Books August 13, 2022

Alisa Bryce
Grounded: How soil shapes the games we play, the lives we make and the graves we lie in

The power of simile and metaphor often hits its peak in the poetic line. When describing something as apparently commonplace as soil, a writer might be forgiven for unleashing all their rhetorical strategies to enliven the topic. But as Alisa Bryce shows …