Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson (left) and Jodhi May as Susan Gilbert in A Quiet Passion. Production Co: Hurricane Films, Potemkino, WeatherVane Productions

Poetry on film

At home with Emily Dickinson

A parade in St Petersburg last year celebrating Bloomsday, the day on which Ulysses is set. Shutterstock

Literature

Friday essay: the wonder of Joyce’s Ulysses

Around the world today, fans of James Joyce's Ulysses will celebrate Bloomsday. This experimental novel can be bewildering to read, but for those who persist, it is a 'feast' of a book.
A scene from The Mummy: the first in a Dark Universe multi-film franchise that will include characters such as Frankenstein’s monster, and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Universal Pictures

Cinema

Will the superhero films ever end? The business of blockbuster movie franchises

The new mummy film is the latest foray into 'shared universes', the seemingly critic-proof movie juggernauts that have come to dominate our cinemas.
The Queen’s top hats, this one designed by Angela Kelly and worn at the 2011 Royal Wedding, are her greatest invention. REUTERS/Darren Staples

Power dressing

Not merely costume: the power and seduction of the Queen’s hats

The hat is an example par excellence of aristocratic excess, the equivalent of a peacock's tail in seducing the Queen's subjects.
Many literary questions about smell are quite philosophical. Why do humans get pleasure from perfumes? Do rich bodies smell differently from poor ones? from www.shutterstock.com

Literature

Armpits and melons: an olfactory reading of James Joyce

Smell is the Cinderella of the senses in Anglophone literature, but James Joyce wrote an olfactory revolution. His treatment of the science of smell was astonishingly prescient.
Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman: she fights better than a man, but prioritises peace. Atlas Entertainment, Cruel & Unusual Films, DC Entertainment

Gender roles

As a peace loving warrior, might Wonder Woman unite feminists?

In a world where public avenues for violence are increasingly open to women, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman presents us with an ethical and feminist model of fighting femininity.
90s sister Sophie Lee in Patricia Piccinini’s Psychogeography 1996, printed 1998. from the Psycho series 1996. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of Optus Communications Pty Limited, Member, 1998 (1998.252) © Patricia Piccinini

Friday essay

Friday essay: the 90s – why you had to be there

The 1990s was once the forgotten decade of the 20th century but no longer.
Films like Mean Girls often show the high school jungle, but they lack the gravitas of films such as Boyhood. Paramount Pictures

Film

Where are the epic women’s coming of age screen stories?

The success of Wonder Woman has demonstrated an appetite for female leads in Hollywood films. So where are the movies that tell truth about young women's lives?
Iraqi soldiers gather near the remains of wall panels and colossal statues of winged bulls that were destroyed by Islamic State militants in the Assyrian city of Nimrud, late last year. Ari Jalal/Reuters

Cultural heritage

Erasing history: why Islamic State is blowing up ancient artefacts

Islamic State has destroyed globally-significant sites in Iraq and Syria, but not as wanton acts of destruction. Instead, they are calculated political and religious attacks.
Chinese ceramics recovered from the 9th century Belitung shipwreck in Indonesia, now held at the Asian Civilisations Museum (Singapore) ArtScience Museum Singapore

Archaeology

When it comes to disappearing ocean history, HMAS Perth is the tip of the iceberg

Archaeologists this week found that more than half of of HMAS Perth, a WWII wreck in Indonesia, has disappeared. It's now a race to protect the millions of other wrecks and sunken cities lying under the oceans.
It’s really ok to be a grammar pedant. Shutterstock

Grammar

In defence of grammar pedantry

Grammar pedantry recently contributed to the downfall of World Bank chief economist Paul Romer. But 'grammonds' are people to be celebrated not vilified.
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman: a true Amazonian, she is trained in a range of skills in both combat and hunting. Atlas Entertainment, Cruel & Unusual Films, DC Entertainment

History

The truth about the Amazons – the real Wonder Women

Since the epics of the Homeric poets, there have been tales of the mysterious, war-like Amazon women. The myth is likely based on the 'strong, free' women of the nomadic Scythian tribe.
Writing has never been easy, but sending writers out to find new ideas and people might be one way to help. Shutterstock.com

Writing

The best way to support writers is to feed them new ideas

Writers like Frank Moorhouse and Ben Eltham have proposed new long-term fellowships to support writing. But a better way may be more smaller grants, offering opportunities for travel.
Kyle MacLachlan in the new season of Twin Peaks: has the Internet helped fuel nostalgia for TV shows from decades past? Rancho Rosa Partnership, Showtime Networks

Peak revival?

It’s happening again … our love affair with TV reboots

Twin Peaks has just hit our streaming services, again, alongside reboots of the X-Files, Gilmore Girls, and more. But, despite our nostalgia, they'll never revive the specific time they were born in.

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