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By Robyn Annear
A journey through time and mind in Hugh Sullivan’s ‘The Infinite Man’
By Luke Davies
Tanel Bedrossiantz, in a dress from the Jean Paul Gaultier Barbès collection, ready-to-wear, Autumn–Winter 1984–85. © Paolo Roversi
‘The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier’ at the National Gallery of Victoria
By Karen de Perthuis
The young Dylan Thomas
A century of Dylan Thomas
By Kevin Rabalais
Tammy Wynette (2014) by Linda Marrinon
Critics give their picks for the year’s top ten
By The Monthly
Truth, fiction and psychotherapy
By JM Coetzee & Arabella Kurtz
JMC “The stories we tell about ourselves may not be true, but they are all we have.” I am interested in our relations with these stories we tell about ourselves, stories that may or may not be true. Let me select three cases. (a) I have a story about myself which I sincerely believe to be true, in fact which
The Sydney Opera House lit up during the Vivid Sydney festival, May 2014
How the Abbott government is funding a high-culture war
By Steve Dow
Remembering a man of letters, and a friend
By Murray Bail
The chimes they are a-changing at the Sydney Opera House
By Darryn King
The extended mind thesis and the scouring brush
By John Maloney
To mark the 60th anniversary of Overland magazine, former Greens leader Bob Brown speaks with Overland editor Jeff Sparrow about the future of the green movement, the role of protest and demonstration and how Brown maintains faith in the future.
With the publication of Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh became a cult figure in the writing world. In his latest novel, Irvine has created one of the most bizarre sado-masochistic folies a deux in comtemporary fiction.
Joan Beaumont, author of "Broken Nation", speaks with Robert Manne about the centenary of the First World War and what the war meant for Australia. Presented as part of La Trobe University's "Ideas & Society" series.
Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria and winner of the Miles Franklin Award for her novel Carpentaria.
Infamous for his provocative strategies, fake controversies and viral news stories, Holiday is the Director of Marketing at American Apparel and author of best-seller ‘Trust Me I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator’.
‘Felony’ and ‘Locke’ in review
By Anwen Crawford
Another year, another Australian crime drama. From The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906), the first feature-length film ever made, through to contemporary offerings like Animal Kingdom (2010), our cinema is haunted by the penal colony. These films have been, for the most part, films about men. Bad men, good men and
Author Brigid Delaney, actor and writer Brendan Cowell, Headmaster of Oxley College Michael Parker, and psychologist and author Steve Biddulph talk about youth and violence. Chaired by Paola Totaro.
What does it take to get your ideas onto our TV screens? Do TV audiences reward creative risk taking? Is there an appetite for political satire, surreal comedy, and programs with a distinctive character?