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Thursday 29 January 2015
Memoir

memoir: i had a dream about you

Jonno Revanche
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The colour of this fantasy seems to me to reflect something closer to cream than anything else – cream, yes, because that is the colour of the walls I remember even if it was not correct. That was not important. It was the essence: cream, because even the air was delicious and sweet and perfect,…
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Wednesday 28 January 2015
Travel

on the run, on my own: five out of five

Jo Williams
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When I last wrote, I was about to embark across the Nullarbor, the iconic journey spanning the lower part of Australia. I’d been warned that the Nullarbor was, well, a bit tedious after you get over the fact that there is nothing above knee height in view for possibly three days. The novelty wears thin….
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Tuesday 27 January 2015
Arts Books Sexuality

lip lit: fables: queer and familiar

Catalina Bonati
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    Fables: Queer and Familiar follows two lesbian grandmothers, their family and friends, and how the interact with the sociopolitical climate of Australia. The stories, written by Margaret Merrilees and based on her radio series Adelaide Days, deals with Australian politics, environmental issues, and LGBT literature. Set in modern day Australia, Julia and Anne are two…
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Thursday 22 January 2015
Music Opinion

prototype: a new pop video playing on old disability stereotypes

Ellen Read
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  Last month, UK broadcaster Channel 4 released a music video starring Viktoria Modesta, dubbed “the first bionic pop artist”, performing Prototype. The launch is part of Channel 4’s Born Risky brand campaign, with Modesta featured as a “new kind of artist” set apart from the “painfully dull and manufactured” pop stars. What sets her…
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Wednesday 21 January 2015
Art

exhibition review: sometimes there isn’t anything to get

Camilla Patini
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Sometimes There Isn’t Anything To Get is a fresh and innovative exhibition currently being displayed at the Nancy Sever Gallery in Canberra. It assembles thought-provoking and eye-catching artwork from artists Joel Arthur, Zoe Brand, Byrd (Daniel Maginnity) and Hanna Hoyne. The walls and floor of the exhibition offer such wonders as a sculpture of an…
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Wednesday 21 January 2015
Arts Theatre

miss bouzy-rouge: a review

Sophia Dacy-Cole
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Sarah Goussé’s Miss Bouzy-Rouge is basically the show you’d get if you distilled cabaret. If you asked my philistine brain what cabaret actually is, I’d probably murmur something about Paris in the forties, glamorous costumes, strong voices, crude humour and alcohol. That is what I got. Sarah Goussé was never without a glass in-hand during…
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Monday 19 January 2015
Arts Books

lip lit: being jade

Emily Tatti
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The same night Banjo walks out on his wife Jade, he is killed by a hit and run driver. But his spirit remains, and he is compelled to watch Jade slip into a depression while their daughters struggle to hold things together. Even in death, Banjo aches with love for his wife, despite knowledge of…
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Friday 16 January 2015
Uncategorised

the 50 coolest books by women

Margot McGovern
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I recently stumbled across Shortlist’s 50 coolest books ever. The site doesn’t explicitly define ‘cool’ but from the titles listed, I’m going to say the ‘cool’ books are those seen as smart, literary and a little bit edgy. They’re the books you tuck under your arm and read conspicuously in hipster cafes. They are books…
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Thursday 15 January 2015
Memoir

memoir: the second to last train home

Ruth Wyer
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They are on a train to her house. She and her boyfriend. The second to last train home. They are alone in the vestibule and she is pressed up against the glass partition between the seats and the doors, and her boyfriend has opened her shirt and has his hand in her bra. Don’t, she says,…
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Monday 12 January 2015
Arts Books

lip lit: the secret history of wonder woman

Christina Bulbrook
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‘Great Hera! I am running so late today!’ ‘Aphrodite aid me in getting through this after-lunch meeting!’ ‘Suffering Sappho I am exhausted!’ Not curses we hear in today’s world – but wouldn’t we all secretly love to make such glorious exclamations? Wonder Woman did. In Jill Lepore’s readable new book The Secret History of Wonder…
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Wednesday 7 January 2015
Arts Music Theatre

the misadventures of miss bouzy rouge

lip magazine
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    After a successful season premiere at Melbourne’s The Butterfly Club, hit cabaret show, The Misadventures of Miss Bouzy Rouge, is back for another rollicking good time from Thursday 8th, Friday 10th and  Sunday 11th of January. Written and performed by Sarah Goussé, and accompanied by  Daniele Buatti, this one woman show explores universal themes…
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Monday 5 January 2015
Arts Books

lip lit: poets are not useful

Jasmine Jean Martin
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Although a powerful form of expression, poetry  remains a misunderstood and underappreciated art form. This deeply personal publication by Gwyndyn Alexander is essentially an answer to a question – put forth by a man of, in her words, the ‘scientific sort’ – querying the function of poetry. What is a poet? What is the point…
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Monday 29 December 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: springtime: a ghost story

Margot McGovern
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    Frances and her partner Charlie have left their old lives to start over in Sydney. Coming from Melbourne, with its grid-mapped streets and dark, sensible fashions, Frances feels like an outsider in a city that yields to the natural landscape. On lonely spring days she takes her rescue dog, Rod, for long walks…
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Monday 22 December 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: paint your wife

Jess Miller
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New Zealand author Lloyd Jones seems fascinated by art’s capacity to bring men and women together. It’s a theme which drives his 2008 novel Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance in which the tango becomes a way to survive WWI. The idea also surfaced as the focus of his novel…
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