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Music

Instrument of torture? In defence of the recorder

Many school music teachers aren't trained recorder players. And cheap and badly made recorders are often sold in discount stores. But this an instrument with a fine musical pedigree.
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Why it is (almost) impossible to teach creativity

Our contemporary education systematically trashes creativity and unwittingly punishes students for exercising their imagination.
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Guide to the classics

Guide To The Classics: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

After Shakespeare and Laozi, Kahlil Gibran is the highest selling poet ever, largely thanks to The Prophet, a set of 26 prose poems.
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Revolution 50: The Beatles’ White Album remixed

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The porn industry

Why adult video stars rely on camming

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Donald and Melania Trump in Paris last week. According to the Washington Post, the president has made 6,420 false or misleading comments in 649 days. Ian Langsdon/EPA

Friday essay

Friday essay: turning up the level of civilisation

US president Donald Trump's industrial scale deception has dangerous implications everywhere. What then, can we do to foster a more civilised society?
Two women hug before placing flowers at the Star of David memorial in front of the Tree of Life Synagogue, two days after a mass shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jared Wickerham/AAP

Cartoons

How anti-Semitic stereotypes from a century ago echo today

With anti-semitism on the rise around the world, it is timely to consider how images and media discourses can embolden hate crimes.
Detail from George Baldessin MM of Rue St Denis 1976charcoal and black chalk 119.9 x 80.6 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, MelbournePurchased with the assistance of The Docking Drawing Fund (NGV), 2001 (2001.537)© The Estate of George Baldessin

Here's Looking at

Here’s looking at: George Baldessin’s Mary Magdalene on Rue St Denis

The images of Mary Magdalene made by Australian artist George Baldessin in the years before his sudden death in a car accident in 1977 are some of his most powerful works.

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