Section: Arts And Culture

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Agnostic in bed with science and religion

    • Jen Vuk
    • 24 July 2009
    1 Comment

    Nikki Gemmell, an agnostic, isn't afraid to confront uncomfortable themes in order to glean a glimmer of understanding. Religion and science may not have the selling power of sex, but each have indelibly shaped individuals as well as history.

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    Stupid men in a brutal land

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 23 July 2009

    Australia, 1902. One year since Federation. The nation is a sickly child, as yet unaware of its weakness. The colonisers deceive themselves into thinking they can tame the land. A century later, not much has changed.

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    Forgiving Frank McCourt

    • Frank O'Shea
    • 22 July 2009
    4 Comments

    For a while there, McCourt was 'mick of the moment', except in his native Limerick where they wanted to strangle him. Teacher Man, his best book, captures what it is to be the lonely figure with only cunning and a stick of chalk to protect you.

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    Blind anxiety

    • Brendan Forde
    • 22 July 2009
    9 Comments

    I gag in social situations. Visual cues that mediate conversation are not available to me, so halfway through a sentence, confidence evaporates. I'm convinced they're not interested, or I think I hear them stifling a yawn. Why did I ever start to talk?

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    The strong mass of pedestrian

    • Aileen Kelly
    • 21 July 2009

    Angling my foreground to move with me along a crowded pavement in one clarified direction, eyes set to recognise one doorway of gravelled glass and a particular curlicued frame.

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    Darkened Irish church

    • Libby Hart
    • 21 July 2009
    6 Comments

    Inside this darkened church there are whispers ... a clutter of saints who cross themselves in stony silence .. Time and time again, Christ's palms do not heal.

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    Life of a non-conformist priest

    • Jonathan Hill
    • 17 July 2009
    6 Comments

    Kennedy is not portrayed as a saint. Imperfections such as his unpredictable temper, his occasional liking for a drink and his initial insensitivity to Aboriginal Australians reveal that he, like us, was a man of flesh and blood.

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    Who hates Harry Potter

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 16 July 2009
    4 Comments

    The rule seems to be that one's attitude to Harry Potter should be either obsession, derision, or total lack of interest. If that's true, I'm in a minority: I am an equivocal fan. A few of the books are great. At least one is bloody awful. The movies are similarly hit-and-miss.

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    Irreconcilable dissonance and other reasons for divorce

    • Brian Doyle
    • 15 July 2009
    8 Comments

    Marriages are houses and unless you keep cleaning, repainting and using duct tape with deft punctilio, everything sags and mould wins. The first divorce I saw up close, like the first car crash you see up close, is imprinted on the inside of my eyelids.

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    Bush block rehab

    • John Kinsella
    • 14 July 2009
    1 Comment

    I planted that sapling in ash-soil, with acoustics of the lost tree resounding .. in the now wet and malleable earth, hidden rocks emerge easily and lay claim to surface.

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    Michael McGirr's waking life

    • Morag Fraser
    • 10 July 2009
    5 Comments

    McGirr seems more the magpie than the dormouse. Even when he's curling up under his desk for a post lunch kip you figure he's just giving his brain a few horizontal minutes to organise and file the prodigious miscellany that might otherwise leak out.

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    How Rafters had its pro-choice cake and ate it too

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 09 July 2009
    5 Comments

    When Julie learned she was pregnant, Dave advocated termination. Julie could see his logic, but was also overcome by powerful mothering urges. The writers of Packed to the Rafters are adept at unpacking every skerrick of emotional baggage.

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