BOOK REVIEW: VARIOUS- FREEMAN’S THE BEST NEW WRITING ON POWER

  Power is a fundamental thing. A lack of it can render someone a wretched husk, and too much of it can make people go drunk and blind. Writer and editor, John Freeman knows all this, because he chose it as the topic for the latest instalment of Freeman’s Best New Writing; the anthology that includes exciting long-form literary…

BOOK REVIEW: QUEERSTORIES

  Queerstories is a popular event where Australia’s best LGBTQI+ writers gather for some good, old-fashioned storytelling. The show began at the Late Night Library in Kings Cross, Sydney and has gone on to tour other states and towns. It makes sense that, because this all began in a library that people should be able to…

DVD REVIEW: POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN – THE ANIMATED CLASSICS COLLECTION

  This character knows just who he is, so he sings it. He is, Popeye The Sailor Man AKA the pipe-smoking, spinach-eating small-yet-strong, navy man. He started life as a comic strip created by E. C. Segar and eventually became a popular children’s cartoon, even surpassing Mickey Mouse in the popularity stakes at one point. Popeye…

BOOK REVIEW: NOELINE BROWN – LIVING THE 1960S

The National Library of Australia’s publishers have managed to turn back time with their latest book, Living The 1960s. In the book, Australian actress and comedian, Noeline Brown takes us all for a stroll down memory lane through an important decade in her life, and in the lives of her contemporaries. Living the 1960s is a fun slice of nostalgia and…

ARTS REVIEW: ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE: THE PERFECT MEDIUM

Photo credit: Robert Mapplethorpe Self-portrait 1980 © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission It is clichéd to say that a picture tells a thousand words. But there’s also some truth to this and one photographer who certainly knew and appreciated how an image could confound or shape one’s perception is Robert Mapplethorpe. He is the late artist, photographer…

BOOK REVIEW: CLAIRE HALLIDAY – THINGS MY FATHER TAUGHT ME

  In the lead-up to Father’s Day journalist, copywriter and author, Claire Halliday follows up her previous book, Things My Mother Taught Me with one about the dads. Both books are collections of short interviews undertaken by Halliday with well-known Australian identities, where they describe the relationship they have with a parent. These range from warm and caring bonds…

DVD REVIEW: THE RIVER COTTAGE COLLECTION 3

  Some people may be fans of River Cottage Australia set in Central Tilba in NSW. But what they may not know is that the man behind this fabulous idea is English celebrity chef, food writer and activist, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. The latter has presented a number of different River Cottage specials in the UK. In Australia we…

DVD REVIEW: FAMILY GUY SEASON 14

  Family Guy is one of those shows where you either love it or loathe it. And for some people Season 14 may also cause the same kind of reactions. It’s because this season sees characters like Stewie (Seth MacFarlane) becoming less like the evil and murderous child genius he was at the beginning of…

FILM REVIEW: DIOR & I

  Dior & I could be renamed “Dior & Co.” or “Dior & Us”. The documentary film goes behind the scenes at the French fashion house as the new creative director for Dior Haute Couture, Raf Simons prepares his debut collection. After John Galliano was unceremoniously fired amid controversy (he’d made anti-Semitic comments at a Parisian café), the…