Discovering Local Bands
I have always loved live music, but I didn’t really get into local music until my housemate, who is a musician, moved in to our share house. I started going along to his gigs and began to notice other great local bands that were performing at the same venues. I soon learnt that there is a […]
Falling Back in Love with Reading
When I was in school, I adored reading and churned through books rapidly. I used books as a way to challenge my mind and escape the tedium of high school, but at some point I just stopped reading. Why did this happen?
Trump and TV
I recently read Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television and the Fracturing of America, by the New York Times TV critic, James Poniewozik.
The Responsibility of Art
A while ago, I wrote about Todd Phillips’ new film Joker, which has been the subject of ongoing controversy regarding the film’s depiction of intense violence. There’s a belief that such brutal on-screen depictions could invite real-world acts of violence in response. This begs an important question: should an artist bear any responsibility for what […]
I’ve always been impressed by people who can speak two languages. I feel like if I tried to do it, I’d just forget which words belonged to which language and end up muddling all of them together so that no one could understand me. Even only knowing one language, I sometimes forget which spelling is […]
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I Hate Watching Sport
Sport is a big part of Australian culture. It’s how a lot of people bond with each other and build a sense of community. I’ve seen people react more strongly to the results of sports matches than to almost any other event, but what do you do if you can’t bring yourself to sit down […]
The Danger of Heroising Politicians
A few weeks ago, a photo was released depicting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, then twenty-nine, donning a turban, robes, and brownface at an Arabian Nights-themed party in 2001. On Wednesday night, following TIME Magazine’s release of the photo, Trudeau issued an apology. This was the first of now (at the time of writing this) […]
The Power of Consumerism
In the very first episode of Mad Men, advertising prodigy Don Draper explains that his line of work ‘is based on one thing: happiness.’ Seasons later, he expands on this idea. ‘What is happiness?’ he muses. ‘It’s the moment before you need more happiness.’
National Reconciliation Week: Gurrumul
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, better known as Gurrumul or Dr G Yunupingu, was an Indigenous Australian musician of Yolngu, Gumal and Gumatj heritage. Born blind, Gurrumul taught himself to play a guitar held upside down. He was incredibly shy and knew little English, but these things did not define his life, nor his career. He rose to incredible […]
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National Reconciliation Week 2019
This week is National Reconciliation Week (NRW), which runs annually from the 27th May – 3rd June and invites Australians to learn about the shared histories, cultures, achievements, and future goals of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
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