Print magazines are as popular as ever – but why?
March 19, 2017
Newspapers may be in crisis but magazines are thriving. The growth is in specialist titles - indeed the glossy offerings of Coles and Woolworths now have almost double the readership of the Australian Women's Weekly,
Gumtree Brutalism: the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (1968), designed by Queensland architect James Birrell, on the James Cook University campus.
March 14, 2017
Academics are often in the vanguard of the fight to preserve heritage buildings but they are losing the battle on home turf as universities shed their 1960s and 1970s concrete skins.
Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham in Great Expectations (2012): the archtypal fictional spinster.
March 16, 2017
Grotesques, prattlers, hysterical women ... historically, spinsters have had a raw deal in fiction. But astonishingly, the situation for older single ladies in contemporary novels has scarcely improved.
Cultural scapegoating ‘still functions as a proxy for economic marginalisation’.
Smashed avo storms, news stories about lazy millennials ... Has anything changed in the 20 years since Mark Davis wrote his influential book Gangland?
Clementine Ford: one of the younger voices more visible now in mainstream media.
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It is 20 years since author Mark Davis wrote his influential book Gangland exploring the domination of baby boomers in public life. Is it time for a fresh exploration of 'generationalism' today?
Mandy McElhinney as Gina Rinehart in House of Hancock (2015).
Cordell Jigsaw Productions
March 16, 2017
Channel Nine has apologised to Gina Rinehart over its mini-series House of Hancock. What implications does this have for screenwriters telling stories about powerful figures?
(Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind) says to me…true love is still possible and you can put your faith in it.
Bruce Isaacs analyses the deceptively complex closing scene of Charlie Kaufman’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), starring Jim Carey and Kate Winslet.
A picture of Bill Leak supplied by The Australian on Friday, after news of his death.
AAP Image/NewsCorp, The Australian
March 10, 2017
Bill Leak divided his audience, image by image. Causing offence was a KPI for him, not a risk.
Reviving an ancient tradition for a new era of contemporary witchcraft: modern Wiccans holding an event in the United States.
March 12, 2017
What does it mean to be a witch today? And what is a 'binding spell' trying to achieve?
Colonising other planets may be possible, but does that mean we should?
Mars image from www.shutterstock.com
March 13, 2017
Sci fi or reality?
Interplanetary colonisation was once the stuff of science fiction but now there are plans to colonise Mars. How have film-makers and writers dealt with our rapacious Anthropocene age?
Detail of a production still from Baden Pailthorpe ‘s MQ-9 Reaper III (Skyquest) 2015
Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney
March 9, 2017
Video games such as Battlefield I encourage players to find purpose and meaning in war. But a new generation of artists and gamers is starting to question the messages they propagate.
Detail of Brook Andrew, Sexy and dangerous 1996.
courtesy National Gallery of Victoria
A 20th-century image of an anonymous 'Aboriginal Chief' becomes an investigation of power, colonialism and queer sexuality in the hands of Brook Andrew.