The perils of Pauline

Review by Garth Jones

BOOK | THE WHITE QUEEN  |  ONE NATION AND THE POLITICS OF RACE (QUARTERLY ESSAY 65) | DAVID MARR

In his seventh Quarterly Essay, The White Queen – One Nation and the Politics of Race, journalist David Marr examines Pauline Hanson and One Nation’s re-emergence in our current global political context.

Collaborating with a team ...

Free to believe

Review by Nick Mattiske

BOOK | FAITH AND FREEDOM | TERESA FORCADES

Faith and freedom may be thought of as opposites by those critical of religion. But this is certainly not the case for a thinker such as Martin Luther, who thought that only faith can free us from slavery to our self-interest. And it is not the case ...

Material world

Review by Nick Mattiske

BOOK | MATERIALISM | TERRY EAGLETON

Terry Eagleton can usually be relied upon for a left-field viewpoint on religion, politics and culture, both in the senses of the political left and the simply surprising. In his latest book, he investigates the concept of materialism (the philosophical concept rather than the idea of hording riches) in ...

Breaking points


Review by Penny Mulvey

PLAY | THREE LITTLE WORDS | JOANNA MURRAY-SMITH

Have you ever experienced a deep visceral response to friends’ news that they are breaking up? Perhaps you have seen them as the perfect couple? You cannot imagine them as individuals.

This is the premise of playwright Joanna Murray-Smith’s latest offering, Three Little Words, currently showing ...

Border Farce

Review by NICK MATTISKE

BOOK | VIOLENT BORDERS | BY REECE JONES | VERSO

IN 2015, 3700 people died trying to enter Europe. In the decade previous, 40,000 people, possibly one-in-four who stepped on a boat, lost their lives.
How do we stop this?

Much hysterical press focuses on deterrence, which assumes refugees have a choice. In Violent ...

Indigenous Visions

Review by NICK MATTISKE

BOOK | OUR MOB, GOD’S STORY: ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER ARTISTS SHARE THEIR FAITH  | EDITED BY LOUISE SHERMAN AND CHRISTOBEL MATTINGLEY

IN one of last year’s better books, Position Doubtful, Kim Mahood wrote about how Indigenous peoples don’t just passively receive good and bad elements of introduced European culture, but instead adapt, innovate, ...

Home truths

Review by NIGEL TAPP

BOOK | CRIMES OF THE FATHER | BY TOM KENEALLY | PENGUIN

RENOWNED author and former seminarian Tom Keneally is no stranger to writing about the Catholic Church as well as the issue of child sex abuse by the clergy.

His memoir Homebush Boy and An Angel in Australia are two examples.

He has returned ...

Space race triumph


Review by ANN BYRNE

FILM | HIDDEN FIGURES | PG

IT’S about time – and it’s about space. It’s about gender and it’s about race.

Hidden Figures is based on the true story of three black women working at NASA in the early 1960s – Katherine Johnson (Taraji Henson), a brilliant mathematician/physicist; Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), supervisor ...

Family tragedy


Review by PENNY MULVEY

BOOK AND FILM | THE FAMILY

Cult def: a small religious group that is not part of a larger and more accepted religion and that has beliefs regarded by many people as extreme or dangerous.

A powerful light has shone through the gloom, the secrecy, and the layers of subterfuge and power to ...

Good call


Review by BOB FASER

TELEVISION | CALL THE MIDWIFE | ABC 1

THE fifth season of Call the Midwife confronts a range of significant social issues with the same honesty and commitment as earlier seasons.

Set in the early 1960s, issues of the day such as the relationship of thalidomide use and birth defects are strongly in ...