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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Pilgrim's misguided tilt at TV fame

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 27 June 2013

    Luciano pleads with two startled widows at a funeral, who reassure him that he is on the right path to getting into 'the house'. While they think they've offered comfort to a troubled seeker, he thinks he's received an inside tip from Big Brother's spies. The dissonance between his pursuit of fame, and the comfort found by others in religious faith, is profound.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Cat Stevens' call to prayer

    • Anne Doyle
    • 24 June 2010
    17 Comments

    In 1975, during a near death experience, Cat Stevens called out to God. 'The moment I became a Muslim I found peace,' says the man now known as Yusuf Islam. He appears, solitary at the microphone, and begins an older man's rendition of a younger man's songs.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Best of 2009: When Leonard Cohen prays

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 07 January 2010
    1 Comment

    The world of pop music is dominated by prettiness and skin-deep perfection. In that context, Cohen's greatness is not instantly discernable. Lately a Buddhist, he has spent his latter years in study of religion — 'But cheerfulness keeps breaking through.' February 2009

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Exposure: a fable in three parts

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 19 March 2009
    1 Comment

    Be it fact or fiction, there is something humanising in the notion of young Pauline Hanson exposing her not-so-innocence to her then boyfriend's camera.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    When Leonard Cohen prays

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 13 February 2009
    13 Comments

    The world of pop music is dominated by prettiness and skin-deep perfection. In that context, Cohen's greatness is not instantly discernable. Lately a Buddhist, he has spent his latter years in study of religion — 'But cheerfulness keeps breaking through.'

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Good music becomes great business

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 13 December 2007

    In the world of popular music, the transition from intimate theatre or festival gigs, to stadium rock shows, indicates the move from an authentic emphasis on great music, to 'music as spectacle', or pure commerce. It appears Missy Higgins has reached this point.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Unnecessary necessities

    • Jon Greenaway, Kristie Dunn, Georgina Costello
    • 11 June 2006

    Unnecessary necessities | Letter from Broome | Heavy traffic

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