BOOK REVIEW: JOHN BIRMINGHAM – STRANGER THINGIES

John Birmingham is a satirist, newspaper columnist, writer and blogger. He’s also a man who knows how to find the funny in most situations. The cover of his latest book, Stranger Thingies sees comedian, Wil Anderson going so far as to say that if laughter is the best medicine then he’s claiming Birmingham’s book on Medicare. Stranger Thingies draws…

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…

BOOK REVIEW: ROXANE GAY – HUNGER – A MEMOIR OF (MY) BODY

  There aren’t many books that manage to completely disarm the reader. But Hunger – A Memoir of (My) Body isn’t like most books. Roxane Gay’s memoir about her body and how it is treated by today’s society as well as the trauma she sustained as a child makes for one searing and intense read.   To…

TALKS: THE 14 THINGS WE LEARNED AT TEDX YOUTH SYDNEY

  TEDx is a forum that is all about “Ideas worth spreading.” In 2017 TEDxYouth Sydney was launched as its own unique event and showcased the talents of many young people. We put together the top 14 things we learned at TEDxYouth Sydney: 1. Sixteen year old inventor Macinley Butson is an inspirational young woman. She has…

BOOK REVIEW: BRIGID DELANEY – WELLMANIA- MISADVENTURES IN THE SEARCH FOR WELLNESS

  A lot of us aspire to be well. It’s estimated that the wellness industry, which sells everything from day spas, retreats and yoga classes to supplements and detox diets is a multibillion dollar one that’s rising. Guardian journalist, Brigid Delaney is well-acquainted with this alternative church having been a devotee of various health and wellness fads over the…

BOOK REVIEW: HANNAH WITTON – DOING IT! LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX

  For the majority of people “sex education” – if they even receive it from parents or schools – is scant at best. It typically involves telling young people to wait for as long as possible and informing them about contraception and how to avoid sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Writer, vlogger, and online sex educator,…

FILM REVIEW: TO STAY ALIVE – A METHOD

  Some people subscribe to the theory that you’ve got to suffer for your art. Two such individuals include the Godfather of Punk, Iggy Pop and the best-selling French novelist, Michel Houellebecq. In To Stay Alive – A Method the pair share a meeting of minds in a film that is artistic, experimental and semi-autobiographical…

FILM REVIEW: NERUDA

  Neruda is a film that truly embodies its subject matter. But this proves to be one double-edged sword because it is also to its betterment and detriment. This bio-pic about the eponymous, beloved Chilean poet uses the lyrical qualities the writer employed to bend the narrative in so many ways that the result is…

BOOK REVIEW: ARIEL LEVY – THE RULES DO NOT APPLY

  The John Lennon lyric, “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans” is applicable to Ariel Levy’s book, The Rules Do Not Apply. The New Yorker writer has penned a memoir about her life and when she had a fleeting glimpse of having it all before tragedy hit. This is…