November 2015, issue no. 376

Welcome to the November issue. Highlights this month include our annual survey of critics and arts professionals on their favourite concerts, operas, films, ballets, plays, and art exhibitions. Bernadette Brennan greatly admires Drusilla Modjeska's new memoir, Second Half First. Robyn Archer makes the case for funding the arts and Debi Hamilton takes a four-hour trip around Melbourne on bus route 903. Elsewhere, we have Jane Sullivan on Salman Rushdie's new novel, Brian Matthews on Tim Winton's memoir Island Home, and Susan Lever on Charlotte Wood's The Natural Way of Things. Tim Colebatch reviews Catch and Kill by Joel Deane, and Mark Edele contrasts two new biographies of Stalin. Elizabeth Harrower is our Open Page guest, and Kerryn Goldsworthy is our Critic of the Month.

Highlights from the current issue

'Kindness by Numbers' by Robyn Archer

Robyn Archer

Robyn Archer debated Peter Singer during the 2015 Melbourne Writers Festival; their topic was 'Is Funding the Arts Doing Good?'. This is an edited version of he ... More

Cassandra Atherton reviews 'Feet to the Stars' by Susan Midalia

Cassandra Atherton

Susan Midalia's Feet to the Stars references Sylvia Plath's poem 'You're', in which Plath addresses her unborn child: 'Clownlike, happiest on your hands, / Feet to the stars, and ... More

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