BOOK REVIEW: DAVID CRYSTAL – SOUNDS APPEALING

  When you stop and think about pronunciation it’s very easy to break into a verse of “You sing potato and I sing potahto.” The academic, linguist, author and broadcaster, David Crystal certainly appreciates this. He has after all released the informative and scholarly guide: Sounds Appealing: The Passionate Story of English Pronunciation. Over the years Crystal has…

FILM REVIEW: THE SECOND

  When you think of words like “The Second” it’s easy to be dismissive and consider it something sub-par. In the context of the new Australian film, it’s all about a writer grappling with penning her sophomore novel. But this plodding, psychological drama ultimately comes off as second-best due to some issues with its pacing…

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…

FILM REVIEW: THE WORLD BEFORE YOUR FEET

Ringo Starr told people to stop and smell the roses. Ferris Bueller also reminded us that life moves pretty fast and encouraged us to stop or we’d miss it. Matt Green is someone who is doing just that. This 37-year-old former engineer is walking every street in New York City’s five boroughs. It’s a journey of over…

FILM REVIEW: BIG DREAM

  Microsoft have asked us, “Where do you want to go today?” The answer can be found in their new slogan, “Empowering us all” and in the film, Big Dream, which they helped fund. This documentary draws together the stories of several inspiring young women who are challenging the male-dominated STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) industries…

BOOK REVIEW: EDITED BY LINDA PICONE – QUOTES FOR NASTY WOMEN

  When Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton “such a nasty woman” during the last political debate in 2016, he was trying to demean his fellow presidential candidate. But some women decided to adopt this phrase as a badge of honour and reclaim it as a tool for empowerment. This is the perspective that the book, Quotes…

BOOK REVIEW: DR KARL KRUZELNICKI – KARL, THE UNIVERSE & EVERYTHING

  If Iggy Pop had a “lust for life” then Dr Karl Kruszelnicki has a “lust for science.” This loud-shirt wearing man is a beloved Australian institution and our very own, “Science Guy.” He has recently penned his 43rd book, Karl, the Universe and Everything, an all-encompassing volume where the worlds of science, facts and studies into…

BOOK REVIEW: Olinka Vištica & Dražen Grubišić – The Museum of Broken Relationships – Around the World in 100 (Extra)ordinary Breakups

Human beings are fascinating creatures. If you need proof of this then you need look no further than the book, The Museum of Broken Relationships – Modern Love in 203 Everyday Objects. This hardcover, artistic-style photographic book is a veritable treasure trove of the tangible objects that were left behind in the aftermath of some failed relationships….

FILM REVIEW: BREAKING THE MOULD

If there was Australia’s answer to the film, Play Your Gender, then Breaking The Mould is it. This music documentary includes interviews with Australian artists about their thoughts and experiences with gender in the local industry. The film is an interesting one about our history and it is something that should help shape the conversation around what should happen…