• The day of the Triffids

    Ted Snell     |      September 3, 2021

    An intimate new film tells the inspiring but tragic story of David McComb, cult Australian singer/songwriter and driving force behind one of the greatest Australian rock bands.

  • Sir Gawain rides again

    Stephanie Trigg     |      August 28, 2021

    The medieval romance Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was recently reimagined as a movie, but the poem itself already has a surprisingly contemporary message about tradition, modernity and our sense of self.

  • No Charlie, no Stones

    Adam Behr     |      August 26, 2021

    Modest, understated and reliable in a musical world characterised by volume, extravagance and mercurial personalities, Charlie Watts was always good on the night.

  • Who gives a mandarin?

    Kate Burridge     |      August 15, 2021

    People disagree about what is or isn’t slang, whether or not something is Aussie, whether slang is dying, and what any of this means to us Aussies. Now you can have your say in a new survey.

  • The art of curation

    Open Forum     |      August 14, 2021

    There is more to curating an exhibition than meets the eye.

  • Titian’s “The Death of Actaeon” and the capriciousness of fate

    Alastair Blanshard     |      August 1, 2021

    Great art, such as Titian’s The Death of Actaeon shows that disasters should not make us despair, but rather celebrate the preciousness of life while we have it.

  • An eye for difference

    Simon Cropper     |      July 19, 2021

    Please do not adjust your sets, normal service will not be resumed because dream, hallucination or reality are all a product of the same thing – your brain.

  • The more you know, the less you need

    Alan Stevenson     |      June 1, 2021

    Indigenous traditions of food cultivation highlight the different approaches of European and indigenous people to environmental knowledge and land management.

  • Desperately seeking Chopin

    Scott Davie     |      May 11, 2021

    As a concert pianist, Scott Davie has been searching for the spirit of Chopin since his teens. It’s taken him to Paris and Majorca and channeled tantalising notes through time.

  • The “European Super League” debacle

    Robert Butler     |      April 23, 2021

    The abrupt rise and fall of the proposed European Super League shows the dangers of business being put before sport.

  • A safe space or an escape from accountability?

    Patrick Stokes     |      April 23, 2021

    A new Journal of Controversial Ideas will allow academics to write under pseudonyms to escape the wrath of cancel culture and political correctness in our universities.

  • Praising what is lost makes the remembrance dear

    David McInnis     |      April 14, 2021

    A new book explores the hundreds of plays known to Shakespeare’s original audiences that are now lost to us, and their value to early modern drama.