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…

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…

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…

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…

DVD REVIEW: FINAL PORTRAIT

  Final Portrait is a bio-pic that would appeal to people who have always wanted to take a walk into an artist’s studio. This is a quiet and understated story about a few short meetings that took place between renowned artist, Alberto Giacometti and his sitter, James Lord in 1964. The result is a thin tale…

BOOK REVIEW: DAVID ADAM – THE GENIUS WITHIN

  A lot of us are now aware that the brain is plastic and has the ability to change and adapt. A new area of neuroscience that looks to take advantage of this phenomena is  cognitive enhancement. This is a field that sees individuals alter the way their brain and mind works in order to…

BOOK REVIEW: DAVID SEDARIS – THEFT BY FINDING DIARIES 1977-2002

Reading someone’s diary is an intimate, voyeuristic experience. This is even more apparent in the case of author, humourist, and professional people-watcher, David Sedaris’ diaries. Theft by Finding – Diaries: Volume One is named after something an Englishwoman told Sedaris where finding money on the street and pocketing it without searching for its rightful owner is called,…