BOOK REVIEW: MARA ALTMAN

  Gross Anatomy could have been titled ‘Embarrassing body’ or ‘The Woman Stripped Bare’ because this memoir is about one writer’s curious relationship with her body. In a world where air-brushed photographs and unrealistic beauty standards proliferate, Mara Altman has taken the opposite road. In her book, her messages are of body positivity, inclusivity, and normalising…

BOOK REVIEW: HARRY COOK – PINK INK

Twenty-seven seems like it’s a bit young to write a memoir. But actor and LGBTQI activist Harry Cook has crammed quite a few things into his professional and personal life to date. Pink Ink is a chronicle of all of this, because, at its heart, it is a collection of Cook’s own stories and anecdotes. This is…

BOOK REVIEW: JACQUELINE RAPOSO – THE ME WITHOUT

  In 2005 Nigel Marsh wrote Fat, Forty & Fired about his year embracing life away from the office. In some ways, Jacqueline Raposo’s The Me, Without: My Year on an Elimination Diet of Modern Conveniences is cut from the same cloth. Raposo’s book is both memoir and a case study into her failed life at the age thirty four, when she…

BOOK REVIEW: HARRY COOK – PINK INK

When actor and activist Harry Cook migrated to Australia at the age of ten homosexuality had only been recently decriminalised. A few years later he would struggle with coming-out to his parents. He says acceptance was hard, because there weren’t many queer-positive stories around at the time (in fact, homophobic propaganda was rife during the AIDs and…

FILM REVIEW: HER SOUND, HER STORY

  In the nineties, The Go-Betweens’ Lindy Morrison made the documentary, Australian Women In Rock & Pop Music- Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves. Fast forward to 2018 and the film Her Sound, Her Story documents many of the same issues that are still relevant. Gender disparity in the music industry is a pervasive issue with Play Your Gender from Canada…

FILM REVIEW: MCQUEEN

  Fashion designer (Lee) Alexander McQueen was a true artist. He would say, “If you want to know me, look at my work.” The documentary, McQueen captures some of his enigma by looking behind-the-scenes at his extraordinary talent and story. While you get some sense of what this artistic genius was like you also get the feeling that some…

BOOK REVIEW: CYNTHIA BANHAM – A CERTAIN LIGHT

  It is hard for some of us to even fathom being an airplane crash victim. But for former Sydney Morning Herald journalist, Cynthia Banham it was reality. In A Certain LightBanham pens a family memoir that describes this irrevocable tragedy, and the fateful day that left her a double amputee with burns to over 60% of her body. This…

COMEDY REVIEW: ROSIE WATERLAND @ THE CONCOURSE, CHATSWOOD (23.09.2017)

  Rosie Waterland is that self-proclaimed, anti-cool girl that many people have come to know and love thanks to her recaps of the TV show, The Bachelor. This writer and comedian has recently published her second memoir, Every Live I’ve Ever Told and is touring a one-woman live show called Crazy Lady where she breaks down the stigma of mental illness and…