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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Redeeming the all-American racist

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 29 January 2009
    4 Comments

    To be fair, Walt dislikes everybody. He dismisses the local priest as an 'overeducated 27-year-old virgin' and spews vile, xenophobic slander towards his Hmong refugee neighbours. Walt respects those who can give as good as they get.

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    The persistence of memory

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 28 January 2009
    5 Comments

    As the bush scents drift, I remember: the aroma of fish and chips floating along the platforms at Flinders Street Station; the smell of dust that heralds a storm, as moisture hits bone-dry earth. When your life is sliced in two by migration, you do not scorn nostalgia.

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    Maori for cannibal

    • Jennifer Compton
    • 27 January 2009
    1 Comment

    There was a custom for Maori warriors to eat the enemy they killed in battle. This was called long pig because it tastes like pork but the bones are longer.

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    All that jazz

    • Grant Fraser
    • 24 January 2009

    To an outsider jazz might seem a mysterious, prowling place because it defies simple definition. This is a journal for slow reading, recommend to those who are not jazz devotees and do not prowl ... yet.

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    No cheap shots in clergy abuse drama

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 22 January 2009
    6 Comments

    On the slimmest of pretexts, fuelled by her own dubious and malicious instincts, Sister Aloysius launches a vendetta against Father Flynn. Doubt deals with the subject of clergy child abuse, though not in the way you might expect.

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    Smells like Adelaide

    • Malcolm King
    • 21 January 2009
    1 Comment

    Adelaide has a large, country-town feel about it. Sputes (sports utes) abound and the word 'bogan' is a term of endearment. The mullet hair cut, check shirt and ugg boots have never really gone out of fashion here. These are my people.

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    Saturday night jukebox

    • Thom Sullivan
    • 20 January 2009

    outside a rank of .. gloomy farm utes .. wide-eyed gazing .. hound dog howling .. crooning a primal .. lovelust upwards .. towards a doughy .. round of moon.

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    Australians shaped by the spirit of place

    • Alexandra Coghlan
    • 16 January 2009

    Landscape has long been acknowledged as central to Australian colonial history. In contrast to the harsh conditions endured by settlers in Sydney Cove, convicts in Tasmania experienced a veritable Eden. (March 2008)

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    Pulped promises and draining tidal waters

    • Gillian Telford
    • 15 January 2009

    the wood-chip mills with gaping jaws strip chew and spit out forests ... protestors gather in city parks to march with banners — promises are processed — pulped (February 2008)

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    Ledger's dark night

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 13 January 2009

    From the time Heath Ledger first stepped onto the Dark Knight set there was talk regarding the brilliance of his performance. His voice is a villainous snarl. His walk is a Quasimodo slouch. His eyes are anarchic. Ledger's joker is a force of nature. (July 2008)

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    Confessions of a rogue library book buyer

    • Malcolm King
    • 13 January 2009

    Even though the university was now in phase seven of its Orwellian audit on 'where money was coming from and where it was going', they still had not yet twigged that there was a cell of book buying anarchists wearing sensible shoes in their midst. (February 2008)

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    Israeli history's definitive rewrite

    • Philip Mendes
    • 09 January 2009
    6 Comments

    Benny Morris, Israel's best-known revisionist historian, led more and more Israelis and Diaspora Jews in the 1980s to accept the legitimacy of an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Morris has changed his spots. (September 2008)

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