BOOK REVIEW: AURA LEWIS- GLORIA’S VOICE- THE STORY OF GLORIA STEINEM- FEMINIST, ACTIVIST, LEADERS

  It is encouraging to see the recent increase in the number of non-fiction picture books dedicated to inspiring women and men from history. While Gloria’s Voice: The Story of Gloria Steinem—Feminist, Activist, Leader fits into this category and is well-intentioned, this unofficial biography is ultimately overly simplistic in summing up its legendary subject and Steinem’s life…

BOOK REVIEW: ZOE FOSTER BLAKE – BREAK-UP BOSS

  Beloved Australian author, Zoë Foster Blake has become an authority on dating and relationships. The former Cosmopolitan columnist wrote Textbook Romance with Hamish Blake, the man who would one day become her husband. Now she delivers us Break-up Boss, a rather joyous but realistic pocket guide to break-ups and its companion piece, an eponymous app. Like Meshel Laurie’s Buddhism for Break-ups, it offers up…

THEATRE REVIEW: PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT @ CAPITOL THEATRE SYDNEY

  It’s been over a decade since Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert made its theatrical debut. And the film itself doesn’t look a day over 24. This feel-good story about three drag queens leaving Sydney’s big smoke to go west to Alice Springs is still one fun, glittery and rollicking bus ride. The latest production brings together…

REVIEW: PATTIE BOYD PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION & TALK @ BLENDER GALLERY

George Harrison always knew there was something special about muse, fashion model and photographer, Pattie Boyd. She was married to the Quiet Beatle from 1966-77 and then to his best mate and guitar God, Eric Clapton from 1979-89. She was the inspiration for many great love songs, including Harrison’s “Something” and Clapton’s “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight.” She…

BOOK REVIEW: TOM RACHMAN – THE ITALIAN TEACHER

If there was ever an author who had the ability to paint a picture with his prose it’s Tom Rachman. In his latest novel, The Italian Teacher, Rachman puts together a complex and often lyrical study of a man who has grown up in the shadows of his artist father’s genius. The result is a heart-wrenching examination of modern…

COMEDY REVIEW: SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL GALA @ ENMORE THEATRE

  The Sydney Comedy Festival turns 18 this year and is officially an “adult” in comedy terms, according to one Jerry Seinfeld. So no surprises that the Enmore Theatre’s all-star gala included lots of grownup themes and occasional coarse language. MC Harley Breen helmed what was a great taster of a show featuring 15 other local and…

BOOK REVIEW: MIDAS DEKKERS – THE STORY OF SHIT

  We all do it. But most of us don’t talk about it. What I’m writing about is defecation or shitting. Dutch biologist, Midas Dekkers knows all about this. He has put together his own utterly unique, bizarre and interesting take on this universal-yet-taboo topic. Dekkers is no stranger to writing about left-field and contentious subjects. He…

FILM REVIEW: I FEEL PRETTY

  The average woman is said to criticise herself around eight times each day. It is in this headspace and society that a rom-com like I Feel Pretty exists. The film had the best of intentions and tries to tackle some complex topics like how hard we women can be on ourselves and the feelings…

BOOK REVIEW: CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE – SYMPHONY OF SEDUCTION

  These days our tabloid magazines are obsessed with the love lives of the rich and the famous; but have you ever wondered what these stories would look like if the subjects were famous composers from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries? ABC broadcaster Christopher Lawrence has the answer along with a dash of poetic licence…

BOOK REVIEW: SUSIE ELELMAN – STILL HALF MY SIZE

Susie Elelman is a much-loved Australian media personality who has appeared on daytime television and radio for several decades. She has also waged a rather public battle with her weight and those experiences shaped her first book, Half My Size released in 2005. Now in 2018, Elelman follows-up that title with another self-help book, Still Half My Size, where she…