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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Selling short Nelson Mandela and rugby

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 28 January 2010

    Are we to accept that the inspiration of sporting victory is alone sufficient to solve conflict and soothe the way to redemption and rebirth for a divided nation? If so, it must be said that Eastwood's film is history rendered as a fairytale.

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    The climate change vanishing act

    • Brian Matthews
    • 27 January 2010
    3 Comments

    Senator Steve Fielding attempted to debunk climate change theories using graphs based on Channel 9's Snicko. The debate petered out when Tony Abbott incautiously declared it was all 'crap'. Re-thinking, he amended crap to tax — it was just a big tax.

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    Aussie pin-up girls' war on inequality

    • Ellena Savage
    • 22 January 2010
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    When we think of pin-up girls from the '40s and '50s, we might assume they were desperate women who unwittingly participated in an industry that exploited them. In her new book, Madeleine Hamilton argues they were in fact 'trailblazers of the sexual revolution'.

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    Celebrating Aboriginality on the road from Freo to Broome

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 21 January 2010
    6 Comments

    From a patronising priest to a pair of impressionable hippies, the white characters are all doofuses. Bran Nue Dae provides a means for introducing young people to the ongoing impacts of white settlement upon Indigenous Australians.

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    Legacy of a Catholic social thinker

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 21 January 2010
    8 Comments

    Jesuit Fr Jean-Yves Calvez's 1957 work La pensée de Karl Marx was as much studied in Communist cells as in Catholic circles. Fr Calvez systematically studied Catholic Social Teaching, and his impact on Catholic attitudes was enormous but diffuse.

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    The big gift of small problems

    • Brian Doyle
    • 19 January 2010
    3 Comments

    The blizzards of bills, the surly son, the dismissive daughter, the shabby house, the battered car, the shivering pains, the dark thread of fear that I might not have been a good dad, the feeling sometimes that maybe there was a better husband for my wife ...

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    Best of 2009: Michael Jackson's tragic gift

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 14 January 2010
    1 Comment

    When celebrities die, public grief is disproportionate, because death reasserts the humanity of one who has seemed beyond it. Jackson had become so far removed from his humanity that the shock of his mortality is even more profound. June 2009

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    Best of 2009: Michael McGirr's waking life

    • Morag Fraser
    • 08 January 2010

    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. July 2009

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    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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    A child's 'Christ bus' in America

    • Brian Doyle
    • 18 December 2009

    Once I opened a present on which a young niece had written MARY CHRIST BUS, with every iota of her tongue-clenched diligence. If I was a wise man, I would have saved that paper, so that I could even now open it and see the world as it is, ancient, glorious and written endlessly by the young.

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    Samson and Delilah and other great Australian stories

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 17 December 2009
    1 Comment

    Back in March, I strolled the streets of Fitzroy in Melbourne's inner north with Warwick Thornton, trying to find a quiet spot for an interview. Two months prior to the release of his feature debut, Samson and Delilah, Thornton was quietly hopeful his film would be positively received.

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    Christmas cakes in art and war

    • Frank O'Shea
    • 16 December 2009
    3 Comments

    If you ever hear a House Manager admit that her neighbour has made a better Christmas cake, write down the time, place and the names of witnesses, and get it signed by your parish priest. It is the kind of thing that might be useful in the early stages of a canonisation process.

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