Jazmina Cininas, Christina sleeps on both sides of Grandma’s bed, 2010. Reduction linocut 52.8 x 71.8cm.

Friday essay

Friday essay: the female werewolf and her shaggy suffragette sisters

From witch-hunts to the suffragettes, belief in womanly werewolfs has flourished at times when the female gender was under threat. But in contemporary fiction, film and art, werewolf lore is evolving in surprising ways.
For all its millions of female readers, romance fiction has been dismissed as sappy, trashy and dangerous to read. Pixeljoy/shutterstock

Love

To the mattresses: a defence of romance fiction

Can a gender studies academic also write Mills and Boon novels? And can purple prose be as empowering as a pink pussy hat? The answer is yes, and yes again.
The 1998 film adaption of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, starring Johnny Depp as Hunter S Thompson, introduced millions of new fans to the world of gonzo journalism. Fear and Loathing LLC

Books

Guide to the classics: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Hunter S Thompson's 1971 book is a torpedo ride through some of the strangest scenes in American fact, or fiction. It's about greed, the souring of '60s idealism, the failings of journalism and much more.
The opera house is raised on a terraced platform, away from the shore like an island amphitheatre. Terence Wong from www.shutterstock.com

Architecture

Why the Sydney Opera House is a little overcooked

Construction should have stopped once the roofs were erected. Any citizen could then have walked up to the terraced amphitheatre, sat down and gazed back at the country from this shrine to the nation.
Melbourne-based start up Choovie will launch a service offering demand based ticket pricing to filmgoers at the end of March. Lucky images/shutterstock

Moviegoing

Coming soon to a cinema near you? Ticket prices shaped by demand

Imagine if you could pay less to see films that are less popular. Dynamic ticket pricing already happens in China – and it's about to start here in over 100 Australian cinemas.

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