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Nine months into the pandemic, Indonesia has seen serious threats to civil liberties, involving not only privacy but also freedom of expression and of the press in the digital realm.
An unlikely television star, Clive James shone a light on absurdity but let us make up our own minds about it.
Clive James will be remembered for his dry wit, distinctive voice and his unlikely yet hugely appealing screen presence.
The work of a first-rate critic can be as important to our appreciation and understanding of a work of art (or performance) as the immediate experience itself.
Arts criticism in Australia is under threat, writes Melbourne-based novelist, poet and theatre critic Alison Croggon. One solution may be state subsidy of arts criticism.
In his Quarterly Essay, Smee laments the erosion of ‘inner life’ thanks to digital technology.
Smee insists that the rich and intense visions of artists such as Cézanne or Chekhov are increasingly lost to us.
His recent death will lead to some old debates about his work returning – but are they still valid?
Culture depends on the conversations between artists and critics, audiences and researchers.
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Fairfax’s plans to reduce arts coverage as part of 125 jobs to go put Australia’s cultural enterprise in jeopardy.
A still from Mirrors of Bergman, a profoundly moving audio-visual essay.
Digital technology has transformed the work of cinema scholars, spawning a rich and poetic critical form.
Former British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes.
After Jonathan Bate, in his recent biography of Ted Hughes, wrote about Hughes’ salacious sex life, a number of critics – including Janet Malcolm – were quick to pounce.
To Tolkien, the machine represents a means to attain power over others. His orcs – deformed and ugly creatures, whose hands are sometimes replaced with weapons – embody this lust for power.
My grandfather was a carpenter, and I don’t think he ever developed much of a sense of trust in machines. I remember him laboring away at our home one summer, transforming our screened-in porch into a…
Let’s not underestimate the intellectual goodwill that sustains our literary culture.
Book reviewers and the editors of periodicals that commission them are used to sour assessments of their worth, but Professor John Dale’s article on The Conversation yesterday is in a class of its own…
What is lost and gained when book reviewers remain faceless?
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The Saturday Paper publishes anonymous book reviews and, occasionally, reviews by identified critics. That anonymity was a much-discussed feature when the paper launched in March, and the debate continues…