Author: Philip Harvey

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    New ways of talking about God

    • Philip Harvey
    • 19 March 2010
    2 Comments

    The poet Rainer Maria Rilke's 'God', writes Stephanie Dowrick, 'is a vulnerable neighbour one moment, like a clump of a hundred roots the next; an ancient work of art, then a much-needed hand, a cathedral, a dreamer. Absent here, breath-close there; as often in darkness as in light.'

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Libraries lead the e-book revolution

    • Philip Harvey
    • 01 March 2010
    9 Comments

    We are seeing only the early technology of the e-book. In five years the e-book will look, feel, sound, smell and gesticulate in very different ways from its iPad and Kindle prototypes. As usual, libraries are quietly ahead of everyone else.

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  • MEDIA

    The language of fire

    • Philip Harvey
    • 24 February 2009
    10 Comments

    Melbourne had the strange experience of reading and listening to bushfire reports for five days while neither seeing nor smelling smoke. When the mind has no sensory leads to interpret, words become critical.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Comradely with Ginsberg

    • Philip Harvey
    • 21 November 2008

    Although not a beat poem, a Peter Steele poem shares Ginsberg's aesthetic of the poem as measure of breath. Breath is commanding like an original lecture, enspiriting like a true sermon, propulsive like a perfect dinner conversation.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Recovering Jesus through poetry

    • Philip Harvey
    • 02 April 2007

    John Deane grew up in Catholic Ireland, which has now seen the Church questioned and rejected. But unlike those who have walked away, Deane goes to poetry to help pick up the pieces of a broken religion.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Knowledge that eludes the search engine

    • Philip Harvey
    • 08 March 2007
    2 Comments

    The poetry of Peter Steele is well-tempered, even when the subject is not. His themes are often modesty, doubt and brokenness, but his uses his grand style to produce measured tones and educated observations.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The joker in the pack—top ten limericks

    • Judges Philip Harvey, James Massola and Andrew Hamilton
    • 23 December 2006
    8 Comments

    In a cage in Guantanamo bay / David Hicks sees his life slip away... The top ten entries in Eureka Street's limerick competition.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Moving images

    • Philip Harvey
    • 12 June 2006

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Book reviews

    • Michele M. Gierck, Daniel Marti, Fatima Measham, Philip Harvey
    • 12 June 2006

    Reviews of Bamboo Palace; The Suicidal Church; The Lowest Rung: Voices of Australian Poverty and Flesh and Glory: Symbol, gender and theology in the Gospel of John.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    City terraces

    • Philip Harvey
    • 11 May 2006

    Peter Yule’s Carlton: A History reviewed by Philip Harvey.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    An ecumenical spirit

    • Philip Harvey
    • 29 April 2006

    Philip Harvey reviews Fresh Words and Deeds: The McCaughey Papers, edited by Peter Matheson and Christiaan Mostert.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Who was Harold Holt?

    • Philip Harvey
    • 23 April 2006

    Philip Harvey reviews Tom Frame’s The  Life and Death of Harold Holt.

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