Sofia Boutella rises from the dead in The Mummy.
The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe, is the latest manifestation of our centuries old fascination with Egypt. But beneath this obsession is a darker story of looting and destruction.
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Simon John James and Richard Bower chat about differing conceptions of what it is to travel through time.
Smoke rises over the city of Manchester in William Wyld’s painting Manchester from Kersal Moor.
Can the Victorian novel offers us a means of thinking and feeling about our own moment anew?
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Weather forecasting stopped looking for patterns in the past, and started using numbers to look solidly at the future.
A message ploughed in the land calls on the federal government to help drought-affected farmers near the wheatbelt town of Kondinin in 2001.
In two 30-year periods, an area in WA roughly the size of England was stripped of native vegetation for farming. It has produced some of our finest writers, from A.B. Facey to Dorothy Hewitt to Jack Davis.
Do the rules of success apply equally to all women?
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'Women Who Work' attempts to present itself as an apolitical work. But no narratives ever are – and it's especially the case for those that anxiously seek to appear that way.
William Faulkner’s typewriter in Mississippi. The writing life may sound idyllic, but it was often a furious battle to make ends meet.
Writers have tried pretty much anything to make ends meet: advertising, journalism, butterfly collecting, working as a janitor or a postal clerk.
Through subtle parallels to our own lives and choices, literature can help us make sense of political upheavals.
Helen Garner: her work frequently polarises readers.
Over 40 years, author Helen Garner has delighted, infuriated, confused and charmed readers. A new account of her writing life is informative but avoids delving into the trickier aspects of her work.
The poet's letters to her former therapist will be published later this year. How far is this an invasion of her privacy?
Vladimir and Vera Nabokov in 1969.
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From Tolstoy to Mark Twain, the most famous writers owe many words of thanks to their long-suffering wives.
James Patterson – one of the world's bestselling authors – may not principally be a writer.
Aaron Douglas. "Aspects of Negro Life: From Slavery to Reconstruction." Oil on canvas, 1934. The New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Art and Artifacts Division.
Many associate post-World War I culture with Hemingway and Fitzgerald's Lost Generation. But for black artists, writers and thinkers, the war changed the way they saw their past and their future.
Children’s books were historically moralising and instructive. What’s changed?
Children’s literature may be a modern genre, but there is a long history of writing for children with some surprisingly unchanging elements.
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Whether the ubiquity of fiction has devalued truth or enhanced morality has been in doubt for over 2,000 years.
A student performs at the 2013 Louder Than a Bomb slam poetry competition in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Poetry has been a part of teaching and learning for hundreds of years. But how has poetry education changed? And how are young voices using poetry to express themselves today?
Twain was an opinionated, prolific commentator on the personalities and political issues of his day.
He probably would have been amused by – and maybe even befriended – Trump the entertainer. Trump the president? Not so much.
Étienne Léopold Trouvelot, Trouvelot figure. Photograph of electrical effluvia around a coin 1888–89.
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The way writers drew on electricity to weave their stories tells us much about the history of electricity itself.
Milo Yiannopoulos addressing the media this week.
Independent booksellers are increasingly seeing their role as, necessarily, an active, educative, political one.
Emma Thompson as Elinor Dashwood in the 1995 film of Sense and Sensibility: a competent moral agent drawing only on her intelligence and experience.
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This year is the bicentenary of Jane Austen's death and her celebrity continues to grow. But relegating Austen's work to plots about 'whether the heroine gets her man' belittles her achievement.