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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    New York's God of rot

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 14 May 2009
    2 Comments

    What is a synecdoche? Work that out and you're part of the way to understanding this brilliant if convoluted opus. Suffice it to say that Caden Cotard, the bloated, self-loathing man who presides over the corrupted world at the film's heart, may in fact be God.

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    Shakespeare and the F word

    • Brian Matthews
    • 13 May 2009

    If Shakespeare had dabbled in cuisine, dishes such as 'eye of newt' and 'fillet of fenny snake' may have been a sensation. As the first 'foody' to emerge from the obscurity of Stratford-upon-Avon, he would have an unlikely successor: Gordon Ramsay.

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    Everything I know

    • Les Wicks
    • 12 May 2009
    2 Comments

    Teenagers can and should be sedated .. Hair is the window of the brain .. Love hurts, but it can be cured .. It doesn't matter if you missed life, it will be on TV eventually.

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    What sort of person would work for a dictator

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 08 May 2009

    Kamel Sachet, a 'hero' from the Iran/Iraq war, eventually made the rank of general. But he grew disenchanted with the rule of Saddam. As he tried to withdraw from active service, he became more religious as an observant Muslim.

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    Lessons in empathy for racist Australia

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 07 May 2009
    9 Comments

    Samson and Delilah is an ode to Alice Springs and its extremes; an ethereal love story against a backdrop of addiction, violence and displacement. Racism is not an explicit presence, but it is there, a foul breath that muggies the air. 

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    Demerit points for bad poetry

    • Brian Doyle
    • 06 May 2009
    4 Comments

    It is a useful truth that every real feat is built on a mountain of failures. The price for poetry's occasional power is the ocean of self-indulgent, mewling muck produced and published annually under the tattered banner of the Poem.

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    The tyranny of difference

    • Susan Hurley and Grace Yee
    • 05 May 2009
    4 Comments

    even if we spent the next hundred years .. carving roast lamb on Sundays .. buttering white bread .. and boiling Brussels sprouts .. we could never be them .. nor they us

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    Lively history of Quaker service

    • Paul Rule
    • 01 May 2009
    3 Comments

    The variety of Quaker service in Aboriginal communities and around the world is extraordinary. In light of the GFC and climate change, the Quakers' emphasis on small-scale food and water security projects will prove prescient.

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    Animated Lebanese terror

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 30 April 2009
    1 Comment

    In 1982, Lebanese Christian militiamen murdered 800 civilians at Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut. Ari Folman witnessed the massacre as a 19-year-old Israeli soldier. He sets out to reveal those repressed memories.

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    Indigenous rugby player blazes away

    • Barry Gittins and B. F. Moloney
    • 28 April 2009

    He was flying up the guts .. hair and legs and arms ablaze .. Tacklers flew and flew again .. failing to disturb his crazed .. run of passion ... under Queensland skies.

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    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
    1 Comment

    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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