Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love, the film adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling yoga memoir.
Yoga fiction is a burgeoning genre of books that tell tales of spiritual enlightenment through an ancient Indian practice. But what happens when such practices are severed from their cultural roots?
Karl Ove Knausgaard’s work strives deliberately towards constructing “real” experience – with all the failure that entails.
As individuals, we are driven by thoughts of success, so it makes sense that failure might make us feel slightly uneasy. And yet failure – and what that means in writing – is having a moment.
Oliver Sacks died of cancer this past week.
Sacks was able to communicate the fascinating workings of the brain in ways that evoked understanding and compassion.
‘I once asked Terry why he hadn’t killed off a particular character. He looked at me askance.’
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'I knew and counted Terry among my friends, and I watched Alzheimer’s slowly and insidiously strip him of attributes and faculty.' So what can we make of his final Discworld novel, published posthumously?
Superman’s over the hill.
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The flop of the Fantastic Four seems to suggest that viewers are more eager to embrace characters who reflect our inherently flawed humanity.
There is renewed debate around the lack of honest representations of diversity in Young Adult books.
Debate about the lack of diversity in young adult literature isn't new, but thanks to recent campaigns such as We Need Diverse Books, there's renewed focus on why diversity in literature is crucial.
Politicians who cling to the past can view the scientist’s addiction to evidence as highly subversive.
At events such as the Melbourne Writers Festival, it's hard to avoid noticing that science, and scientists, are receiving special billing. The reading list of this Nobel Laureate is instructive.
Michael Mohammed Ahmad asks us to reconsider who the insiders and outsiders are in modern Australia.
Arab-Australian identity is not some singular, homogeneous label. Rather it exists as a spectrum and contains more complexity and diversity than the mainstream media allow.
English caricaturist Richard Newton’s 1798 cartoon depicts John Bull farting on the face of King George III.
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They're rude, crude and uncouth. So what makes farts so funny?
The Museum of Science and Industry in Hiroshima, August 1945.
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John Hersey's article Hiroshima (1946) is seminal in historical and literary terms: the shocking realities of the atomic bomb demanded a new way of writing.
A major challenge facing writers who want to take on the Bomb is that conventional description fails.
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Hollywood has kept its distance from the bombing of Hiroshima, 70 years ago, and novelists, aside from sci-fi authors, have largely ignored the catastrophe as a means of exploring human nature. Why?
The burden of creating a more inclusive, fairer and more tolerant society is carried by the younger generation.
There are many similarities between blockbusting young adult novels such as The Hunger Games series and Australian books such as Taronga – but there are also clear differences in their messages for the young.
We need to consider what balance we want to achieve between the heritage and contemporary arts.
AAP Image/Julian Smith. Artists of the Australian Ballet rehearse for the The Dream.
Given the pressure being applied to the majority of people working in the arts sector, we would be foolish not to consider the roles and inherited rights of Australia's major performing companies.
‘Alice thought the whole thing very absurd.’
The release of the long list has opened the gates to the annual torrents of literary hobnobbing.
After World War II, Dr Seuss dedicated himself to creating art that would speak to a sense of fairness and justice that he believed only children possessed.
What Pet Should I Get? stays true to Dr Seuss' dedication to themes of universal appeal, and his deep aversion to prejudice.
In reading, we feel ourselves able to get up close and personal with a dead author.
The reader who loves literature of the past seeks to forge intimate connections with those who are no longer alive. In reading, we feel ourselves able to get up close and personal with a dead author.
Paperback and hardback editions of The Book of Days, an illustrated anthology edited, designed and produced in three weeks.
As well as a souvenir of the 2015 Sydney Writers' Festival this anthology is a compelling argument for the future of books in print. Book objects are talismans as much as vessels for the content they carry.
People were talking about heatwaves long before the data proved they were on the rise.
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The history of climate change is writ large in literature - and not just scientific journals. An analysis of Google's vast library shows a rise in use of phrases such as "unusual weather" and "heat wave".
Deciding on the winner of a literary award is, in the end, a highly subjective process.
Joan London's The Golden Age won the Kibble Award last week, having been shortlisted – but unsuccessful – in several high-profile prizes previously. Deciding on winners is a highly subjective process.
EL Doctorow, pictured here in 2007, has died. His work in its entirety bespeaks a profound humanity.
Over the course of almost six decades, Doctorow – who has died – wrote himself into the canon of American literature. He embodied the virtues of a classical storyteller.