August 16, 2019

A poetic American novel of queer first love and family brutality

Ocean Vuong’s first novel tells the story of a family shaped by the Vietnam war.
August 16, 2019

Back to the future in religious dystopia

Robert Harris presents a compelling dystopian vision of a world that has had to rediscover how to live without digital technology or electricity.
August 16, 2019

Tishani Doshi and the power of the elemental

The Indian poet and novelist wondered what she was going to do with her life before she discovered poetry, in which she says there is purity and power.
August 16, 2019

Bookmarks: It’s not business … it’s personal

The personal touch is the most important when it comes to the relationship between a writer and her author.
August 16, 2019

What is it about portraits that make them prone to destruction?

Throughout history people have destroyed portraits. But it's not as simple as not liking the image.
August 16, 2019

The rise of ScoMo, the PacMan of Australian politics

Abbott, Turnbull, Dutton and Morrison. They could be characters from a revenge tragedy.
August 16, 2019

A straight, white male ventures into contentious territory

When David Leser first decided to write about #MeToo, even his 24-year-old daughter had misgivings.
August 16, 2019

Top five films: best of the big screen

Our pick of what's showing over the weekend.
August 16, 2019

That dead silence I turned into a career: Portlandia’s Fred Armisen

Comedy was Armisen's second choice - after music - so he doesn't get nervous doing stand-up.
August 16, 2019

Alicia Frankovich’s backflip: From child gymnast to performance artist

The international performance artist's latest ambitious work celebrates the artistic contribution, over 50 years, of art patron John Kaldor.
August 16, 2019

From podcast to Utopia: Comedian Nina Oyama discovers her ‘funny bones’

Having begun stand-up comedy at 17, Nina Oyama is only now starting to recognise she is skilled in the art of comedy.
August 16, 2019

Maxine Peake summons the spirit of fearless ’60s icon Nico

This year's Melbourne Festival includes an experimental ode to the German singer in The Nico Project.