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Deb Anderson reviews The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells

Deb Anderson
22 April 2019

Be afraid. ‘The Uninhabitable Earth’, the viral article published in New York magazine (2017) that was both fêted and scorned for its visceral bluntness, has grown out and up More

Josh Specht reviews A People’s History of Computing in the United States by Joy Lisi Rankin

Joshua Specht
26 March 2019

According to most accounts, the history of computing is a triumph of enterprise. This story starts in the 1950s and 1960s with commercial mainframe computers that, one stack of punch-cards More

Robin Gerster reviews The War Artist by Simon Cleary

Robin Gerster
25 March 2019

It’s virtually axiomatic: ‘war can fuck you up’. This pithy observation, made by a veteran in The War Artist, Simon Cleary’s new novel about the travails of an Australian More

Alison Stieven-Taylor reviews Visualising Human Rights edited by Jane Lydon

Alison Stieven-Taylor
22 February 2019

How do you visually portray a concept like human rights? Much of the scholarship around this question focuses on the idea that to understand what human rights might look like, we have to v More

Brian McFarlane reviews 'Performing Hamlet: Actors in the modern age' by Jonathan Croall

Brian McFarlane
26 December 2018

'It is arguably the most famous play on the planet’, writes Jonathan Croall in his introduction to this absorbing study of how the play and its eponym have gripped the imagination across More

John Hawke reviews 'Feeding the Ghost 1: Criticism on contemporary Australian poetry' edited by Andy Kissane, David Musgrave, and Carolyn Rickett

John Hawke
20 December 2018

Perhaps the most encouraging sign in this Puncher & Wattmann collection of critical essays on contemporary Australian poets is the prominent ‘1’ on its front cover, promising that More

James Walter reviews 'Tiberius with a Telephone: The life and stories of William McMahon' by Patrick Mullins

James Walter
18 December 2018

Billy McMahon, Australia’s twentieth prime minister, held the post for less than two years (March 1971–December 1972). In surveys of both public esteem and professional opinion, he is More

Kate Murphy reviews 'Shifting the Boundaries: The University of Melbourne 1975–2015' by Carolyn Rasmussen

Kate Murphy
27 November 2018

During the 1960s and 1970s, student radicals protested that their places of learning were getting too close to industry and government. In 1970, Monash University students occupied the uni More

Rémy Davison reviews 'Crashed' by Adam Tooze

Rémy Davison
26 November 2018

In 1996 the pre-eminent political economist Susan Strange published her final book, The Retreat of the State. Strange had dedicated most of her career to studying the ability of t More

Peterloo ★★★★

Brian McFarlane
20 November 2018

What I’ve come to expect of a new Mike Leigh film is, above all, the unexpected. His first feature, Bleak Moments (1971), of which there were quite a few in that contemporary st More

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