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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The gospel according to Dostoevsky

    • Cassandra Golds
    • 24 April 2009
    1 Comment

    That Dostoevsky is said to have developed a 'theology of writing' does not mean he arrives forearmed with a set of dogmatic truths. Rather, he practises the narrative and spritual discipline of allowing each character to be heard.

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    A child's suffering for sainthood

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 23 April 2009
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    Within the cloistered world of Opus Dei, a young girl, Camino, is dying. The Church hierarchy and its emphasis upon a Father-God have displaced the nurturing instincts of Camino's mother, who urges her daughter along the path of suffering.

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    Prayer for a drunk dad

    • Brian Doyle
    • 22 April 2009
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    At 1am I noticed that the dad of a friend of mine was in the corner drinking hard and telling funny stories. He got drunker and drunker until, at about 3am, he started shouting and cursing and some glass smashed. Finally he fell down.

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    Pictures of Stalin

    • James Waller
    • 21 April 2009

    'By the end of the 21st century, icons of Joseph Stalin will be in every Orthodox Church.'

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    What Frank did

    • Frank Brennan
    • 21 April 2009
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    Frank Costigan was a man of such moral authority that you would not need to speak to him, just think,  'What would Frank do?' When Frank was being wheeled in for surgery, he completed reading the morning papers, then waved to his children.

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    Eulogy for Francis Xavier Costigan QC

    • Frank Brennan
    • 20 April 2009
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    Portrait of the nun as a larrikin activist

    • Andrena Jamieson
    • 17 April 2009

    Loreto Sister Veronica Brady has taken on the Government for its treatment of Indigenous Australians, the church for its treatment of women, and Australian society for its materialism. She belongs to the long tradition of Australian stirrers.

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    Aged Lothario's terror and redemption

    • Sarah Kanowski
    • 16 April 2009

    The narrator of Philip Roth's novella The Dying Animal is self-indulgent, narcissistic, and driven by the urge to sexually conquer. The film Elegy transposes Roth's log of masculine decline into a mournful lament for the dead.

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    The gardener's prodigal son

    • Brian Matthews
    • 15 April 2009

    Joe's plans for a family business foundered on his son's refusal to get out of bed before 10am. Joe was not used to 'spilling his guts', but he needed to talk, and he knew that my experience of teenage vagaries was extensive.

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    Perhaps Aphrodite

    • William Rush
    • 14 April 2009
    2 Comments

    Her face gives little away except .. there is a definite invitation to worship .. which we do in our own way .. hearing in this hall .. built with unholy oil, whispers of war

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    Asylum seeker love

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 09 April 2009
    3 Comments

    The filmmakers interviewed numerous asylum seeker advocates. Most were women, advocating on behalf of young men. Their relationships were intense and complex.

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    Before L'Aquila's purgatory

    • Michael Mullins
    • 08 April 2009
    2 Comments

    Prior to the devastation of Monday's earthquake, L'Aquila was a picturesque hillside city of 75,000 inhabitants nestled in the Gran Sasso mountains. It was not always a plagued, razed purgatory.

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