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Thursday 7 August 2014
Arts Books Culture Opinion

on women, writing, and being stellar

Lou Heinrich
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‘There’s still an elephant in the room,’ says Francesca Ohlert. We’re speaking on the phone about novels. And writers. And culture. And the fact that when we consider major Australian novelists (Tim Winton and Christos Tsiolkas, for example), men come to mind. You see, there is gender inequality in writing. The elephant in the room…
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Tuesday 5 August 2014
Arts Books Culture Opinion

extremely white and incredibly male: the 2014 man booker prize longlist

Veronica Sullivan
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The longlist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize was announced last week. It is difficult to speculate as to which individual title is most deserving of the £50,000 prize, given the majority have not been released yet. Based on previous form and those few which are already available, several frontrunners for the prize seem evident….
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Thursday 31 July 2014
Arts Books Culture

lip lit: reservoir dad

Catalina Bonati
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Feminism. Proudly screwing up gender roles since the seventies. Generally, when we hear about the subversion of gendered tasks, most narratives are from women taking on masculine roles. There aren’t many accounts of men taking on roles that traditionally belong to women – but new memoir Reservoir Dad by Aussie blogger, Clint Greagan, who is a SAHD, tells all….
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Tuesday 22 July 2014
Arts Books Culture

grown-up fairy tales

Molly Westerman
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We all know ‘Once upon a time’, and we grew up with ‘happily ever after,’ even if the whole Prince Charming thing fell flat in later life. Fairy tales can be comfort food, the stuff of escapism and dress-up. What we may not be so accustomed to is fairy tales’ dark side. Their magic can…
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Tuesday 22 July 2014
Books Culture News

marvel’s thundering announcement: the next thor will be female

Karla Gamero Gomez
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It was recently announced on The View that Marvel’s God of Thunder, Thor, will be portrayed by a woman in future comic adaptations. As a starter to this I would start by saying that gender bending is not unusual when it comes to Norse Gods in comic books, or even historically. Loki has shape shifted…
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Monday 30 June 2014
Culture Featured Feminism

feminist frequency: tropes vs. women in video games

Sigrid Cross
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If you’re not overly familiar with the gaming world, then it is quite possible you may not know Anita Sarkeesian. She is feminist blogger who is behind the Feminist Frequency series. She was also the target of massive internet backlash in 2012. Sarkeesian began a Kickstarter project looking to fund a series of videos that…
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Friday 20 June 2014
Culture Opinion

E3 2014: pandering to the straight white male gamer

Sigrid Cross
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The Electronic Entertainment Expo (or E3) has been and gone for 2014. E3, for those who don’t know is the largest annual convention for the video game industry, serving as an opportunity to showcase and announce upcoming technology and games. For those of us who like to game it’s an exciting time and a great…
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Thursday 19 June 2014
Culture Opinion

new assassin’s creed game won’t have any female protagonists because they require a redo of animation

Bridget Conway
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  I’m a huge fan of the video game Assassin’s Creed. Even though its logic can be quite flawed and it seems the creators didn’t do much historic research, it still falls under that way-too-addictive-for-this-to-be-legal category. Thus, I have lost many an hour pretending to be a guy spreading the good faith to his fellow…
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Tuesday 17 June 2014
Arts Books Culture

A clique of one’s own: Emerging Writers’ Festival

Lou Heinrich
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Writing is a lonely job, unless you’re a drinker, in which case you always have a friend within reach. – Emilio Estevez Romance and legend surround the solitary life of a writer. We imagine inspired musing with a companion glass of red; frantic midnight typing in the back room while insight and lamplight spear through a…
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Thursday 12 June 2014
Culture Life

love life: how to deal with breakups

Camilla Patini
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Welcome to Camilla Patini’s new fortnightly column on all things love, life and relationships! So it’s over. He’s taken back the jumper he gave you, returned the books you lent him. From now on he is only to be referred to among your friends as He Who Should Not Be Named. He is just somebody…
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Thursday 22 May 2014
Arts Books Culture

not such a sweet sorrow: my love-hate relationship with Shakespeare

Christina Bulbrook
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She’s gone forever! I know when one is dead, and when one lives; She’s dead as earth. The words echo through the room, followed by the deathly silence of Peter Brook’s music-less film.  No one stirs.  Somewhere far away a train chatters past. Still the classroom remains motionless. On screen, Paul Scofield is kneeling in black…
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Thursday 15 May 2014
Culture Life Memoir

as long as you don’t act like a wog: negotiating implicit family racism

Sarah Iuliano
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Blood is thicker than water, but for some ethnicity is the deciding factor. That’s a bold claim but as a target of family racism, it’s something that I am forced to think about. I’m what could be considered ‘biracial’, that is, my mother is Anglo-Australian and my father is Italian. All racism is bad and…
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Tuesday 13 May 2014
Culture Opinion

not public property: lorde’s stand against the paparazzi

Ally Van Schilt
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It turns out Lorde is not only a supremely talented vocalist, musician, performer and writer, but she’s also managed to contribute to a new brand of activism which I like to call ‘twactivism’. Yes, it looks strange written down like that, but it’s actually Twitter Activism, whereby the singer has taken a stand against issues…
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Tuesday 13 May 2014
Art Arts Culture

exhibition review: inge king: constellation

Emma Breheny
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Currently showing at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), in Melbourne, is a major survey honouring 99-year old Australian sculptural artist Inge King.  Renowned as one of Australia’s most important sculptors, Inge King: Constellation celebrates her extraordinary 60-year career through full-scale pieces and maquette studies, alongside recent sculptures and collages, her lesser-unknown jewellery designs and…
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