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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Novels' modern characters draw empathy

    • Tony Smith
    • 27 February 2007

    World literature is much richer for the input of Italian Andrea Camilleri, Australian Peter Corris and Scot Ian Rankin.  They have mastered the art of presenting modern characters in contemporary situations.

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    Master mixer of politics and religion

    • Frank Brennan
    • 27 February 2007
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    One of Jesuit congressman Robert Drinan's political claims to fame was that he had moved the first motion of impeachment against Richard Nixon. He showed that the mix of politics and religion on Capitol Hill was difficult, especially concerning abortion.

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    Rocky takes on the beasts within

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 27 February 2007

    Four lacklustere sequels and countless parodies and rip-offs have marred Rocky's reputation. Arriving 17 years after the previous incarnation, the sixth and final installment represents much more than a simple return to form.

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    The crunching surge of Aramoana's surf

    • Peter Matheson
    • 27 February 2007
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    I swim the land / And walk the sea, / I breathe  these hills / As they breathe me.

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    Fluttering locusts stripping the paddocks bare

    • Brendan Ryan
    • 27 February 2007
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    Their flickering rises to a crescendo / unsettling, like a threat the ground / moves beneath me.

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    Explaining anti-Chinese sentiment in Indonesia

    • Dewi Anggraeni
    • 27 February 2007

    In the 1990s, Soeharto and his ministers were renting their power to business-savvy ethnic Chinese. The masses, unable to vent their anger at corrupt officials, shifted their targets to those associated with them, knowing that they could do that with impunity.

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    Finding God in the Dark: Spirituality and the Cinema

    • Richard Leonard
    • 27 February 2007
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    This is the full text of a speech given by Richard Leonard SJ in Queensland on spirituality and cinema, on the occasion of the opening of a new spirituality centre.

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    Superman Returns

    • Donald Russell
    • 27 February 2007

    The new Superman movie by Brian Singer packs a punch. It retains some of the best elements of the 1970's and 80's films, and also brings the Man of the Steel up to date, or so says Donald Russell...

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    Jesuit critic says Da Vinci Code reveals Christians' ignorance of faith

    • Michael Mullins
    • 27 February 2007

    Fr Richard Leonard has said that The Da Vinci code's main achivement is to expose the level of ignorance among Christians about their own history and how the New Testament was compiled.

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    Nomads' perspective on destruction of the planet

    • Robert Hefner
    • 22 January 2007

    After many thousands of years, modernity is sweeping away nomadic existence. Cosmologies such as Aboriginal Dreaming encode irreplaceable knowledge of the natural world, and nomadic cultures emphasise qualities of tolerance, adaptability and human interconnectedness.

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    A screaming smudge of charcoal

    • Maria Takolander
    • 22 January 2007
    1 Comment

    You track her through the maze / Of her mirrors until she becomes / A garden party of herself

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    New medium is Bono's message

    • Margaret Cassidy
    • 22 January 2007

    U2's Bono is as well known for his political activism as for his songs. He mixes his political evangelism with the concert performances to such an extent that they almost become interchangeable.

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