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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The quirks and cares of Lars' dummy love

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 27 March 2008

    A socially awkward young man orders an artificial girlfriend over the internet. Despite this ostensibly bawdy premise, Lars and the Real Girl looks beyond lowbrow laughs in its focus on the responses of those in Lars' community.

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    The truth behind our heat plague

    • Brian Matthews
    • 26 March 2008
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    Camus' plague was a metaphor for the Second World War German occupation of France. Our plague is no metaphor. It's the truth of the planet's advancing impatience with its reckless colonisers.

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    Revelations of a responsible literary citizen

    • Brian Doyle
    • 26 March 2008

    You find all kinds of books in people's cars — from novels and comics to atlases and bibles. The books people carry reveal something of their life and experiences.

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    Power Point can make it zing

    • Chris Andrews
    • 25 March 2008

    We are all unique individuals but there aren't that many positions in the field.

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    Carey's 'unusual' novel exposes politics of disability

    • Gillian Fulcher
    • 19 March 2008

    The Unsual Life of Tristan Smith is an engaging if uncomfortable tale. But a closer reading reveals author Peter Carey as social critic. While themes of colonialism, migration, and identity are explicit, disability enters more subtly.

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    Fallen leaves toll for the life that's gone

    • Peter Matheson
    • 18 March 2008
    1 Comment

    The teacher gagged.. The friend betrayed.. The healer hung.. The saviour Torn.

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    Sarajevo cellist's celebration of humanity

    • Andrena Jamieson
    • 14 March 2008
    4 Comments

    For 22 days, Vedran Smailovic played the cello in the ruined Sarajevo market place to honour the 22 people killed there in mortar fire. The Cellist of Sarajevo is a noble book.

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    Childlike wonder redeems inscrutable Houdini

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 13 March 2008

    Tough times call for tough measures — the McGarvie women comprise a single-parent family in a male-dominated society, so you can hardly blame them for making a living the best way they can. Houdini is all charm and showmanship, with hidden depths and dark secrets.

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    On the night of the fireworks

    • Paddy O'Reilly
    • 12 March 2008
    2 Comments

    We are part of a crowd walking slowly down to the river bank to watch the fireworks. People smile at me, because I am not one of them. I can appreciate this part of their culture, even though I am a foreigner.

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    Australians shaped by the spirit of place

    • Alexandra Coghlan
    • 07 March 2008
    1 Comment

    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.

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    Autism comedy strikes emotional equilibrium

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 06 March 2008

    The Black Balloon's early '90s suburban locale is a tangible and familiar environment, where intolerance and ignorance brood beneath the surface. Lead actor Rhys Wakefield embodies everything that it is to be a teenager on the brink of adulthood.

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    Lifelong cyclist's test of faith

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 05 March 2008
    5 Comments

    Brakes are useful when riding down a mountain at dusk, but they are not to be taken for granted. The god of cyclists gives and takes away, and punishes and rewards. Eureka Street June-July 1994

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