Arts & Culture

The Man Trap

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Traditional ideas of masculinity persist in the workplace, even though men are now expected to do more of the household chores – and work longer hours. Emily Bobrow investigates the trials of modern manhood The Economist Nathan, a successful lawyer in Manhattan, hardly seems like a candidate for sympathy. His midtown office is smart, his suit is… The Man… Read More »

The future of arts journalism is up to readers

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We’ve said it before and sadly, we’re saying it again. As tax-payer funded arts companies and organisations devote increasing marketing resources to advertising on Google, Facebook and their own websites, arts journalism is in… By Raymond Gill  Daily Review faces the same challenges as Fairfax Media and many other smaller publications trying to survive at a time when independent arts commentary and critique is… When we launched in 2013, we… The future of arts… Read More »

Hokusai: the Great Wave that swept the world

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He called himself Old Man Crazy To Paint and made his best work in his 70s. As his dragons, deities, poets and wrestlers go on show, we look at the obsessions of the poster-boy for Japanese art John-Paul Stonard The Guardian Had Katsushika Hokusai died when he was struck by lightning at the age of 50 in 1810, he would be remembered as a popular artist of the ukiyo-e, or “floating world” school of Japanese art, but hardly the great ... Read More »

A passport from a country that doesn’t exist

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The NSK has invented a nation as a work of art – and its pavilion at the Venice Biennale has much to say about statehood and globalisation, writes Benjamin Ramm. Benjamin Ramm BBC The woman who stamps my passport is called Mercy and she has no fixed abode. Born in Nigeria, she travelled via Libya to Italy, where she lives in the city of Padua in a… A passport from… Read More »

Palais Theatre in St Kilda reopens its famous doors after $26 million revamp

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Thirty years ago Martin Foley took a woman he’d just met on a first date to the ballet at St Kilda’s Palais Theatre. Elias Clure ABC Today Mr Foley, as the Minister for Creative Industries, unveiled a $26 million redevelopment that saved the iconic theatre from almost certainly closing. As well as hosting ballet, the 90-year-old venue has welcomed some of Melbourne’s best ever known gigs. The Rolling Stones supported Roy Orbison at the… Palais Theatre in… Read More »

There’s no such thing as a ‘pure’ European—or anyone else

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When the first busloads of migrants from Syria and Iraq rolled into Germany 2 years ago, some small towns were overwhelmed. Ann Gibbons Science The village of Sumte, population 102, had to take in 750 asylum seekers. Most villagers swung into action, in keeping with Germany’s strong Willkommenskultur, or “welcome culture.” But one self… There’s no such… Read More »

I acted as a man to get work – until I was accused of rape

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Pili Hussein wanted to make her fortune prospecting for a precious stone that’s said to be a thousand times rarer than diamonds, but since women weren’t allowed down the mines she dressed up as man and fooled her male colleagues for almost a decade. Sarah McDermott BBC Pili Hussein grew up in a large family in Tanzania. The daughter of a… I acted as… Read More »

Fireworks, feelings, and fraught relations at Eurovision 2017

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For one week in May, the bleary-eyed in our workplaces are not the sports fans following northern hemisphere leagues, nor are they the new parents. Jess Carniel  The Conversation They are Eurovision fans. And we are legion. The Eurovision Song Contest offers its fans glitz (or at least glitter), glamour, politics, intrigue, increasingly limited lessons in how to count in French and, of course… Fireworks, feelings, and… Read More »

Rokaya Diallo: ‘France sees itself as a white country’

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Author, film director and activist Rokhaya Diallo addresses the challenge of racism following the presidential election. Anealla Safdar Al Jazeera Paris, France – In March, police killed Shaoyo Liu, a 56-year-old Chinese immigrant, at his home in the 19th arrondissement in Paris during a raid. The officer who fired the fatal shot said he was acting in self-defence, claiming that the father-of-five wounded a policeman with a… Rokaya Diallo: ‘France… Read More »

A Zen master explains why “positive thinking” is terrible advice

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Have you ever been told to just “think positive” and your problems will go away? Or that to achieve your goals in life, all you have to do is visualize it with positive intent? The Power of Ideas Inspirational Ideapod blog It’s a philosophy that’s been popular for decades thanks to books like How to win Friends and Influence People and Think and Grow Rich.  But is it really helping us live more meaningful and fulfilling lives? Not exactly… A ... Read More »

Cary Grant: how 100 acid trips in Tinseltown ‘changed my life’

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At the height of his fame, Cary Grant turned to LSD therapy for help. He later claimed the drug saved him, but did it also spell the end of his career? Xan Brooks The Guardian In the late 1950s, at the height of his fame, Cary Grant set off on a trip in search of his true self, unpicking the myth he had spent three decades perfecting. He tried hypnosis and yoga and felt that they both came up short. ... Read More »

It’s a fallacy that all Australians have access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene

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Nations are gathering in New York this week to discuss the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to improve health, wealth and well-being for countries both rich and poor. Nina Lansbury Hall Cindy Shannon Paul Jagals The Conversation As a developed nation, it might be assumed that Australia will easily meet these new goals at home – including goal number 6, to… But the unpalatable truth is… It’s a fallacy… Read More »

Finland Will Become The First Country In The World To Get Rid of All School Subjects

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The huge changes will involve the removal of school subjects from the curriculum. Jess Murray Enlightened Consciousness  A revolution is coming for schools in Finland in the form of a destruction of all formal school subjects. The head of the Department of Education in Helsinki, Marjo Kyllonen, has announced that he believes that the way children are taught now is based of a style that was a benefit to students in the beginnings of the… Finland Will Become… Read More »

A Zen master reveals the giveaway signs of a toxic person and the most powerful way to deal with them

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We’ve all come across toxic people before. You know, the type of person that can be manipulative, judgmental and inconsiderate of anyone’s feelings. Hack Spirit It can hard to deal with these people, especially if you’re forced to every single day. That’s why I thought the advice below from a Zen master on Reddit was quite remarkable. But first, let’s define what a… A Zen master… Read More »

Supporting people in crisis a real privilege

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This week is National Volunteer Week, an annual celebration to acknowledge the contribution of Australia’s volunteers. Adrian Momber The West Australian I have been one of Lifeline WA’s volunteer crisis supporters for nearly two years. The reason I volunteered was that I grew up understanding and supporting my mother, who had bipolar disorder and had attempted suicide more than once, and I always intended to… Supporting people in… Read More »

Police in Turkey raid publisher’s offices, confiscate 2,000 books

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Police in Turkey raided the offices of Belge Publishing in Istanbul and confiscated 2,000 books, reported Turkish language media. KOMNEWS The prominent independent publisher, set up 40 years ago by writer-journalist Ragip Zarakolu and his late wife human rights advocate Aysenur Zarakolu, and known for publishing controversial and critical books, was raided by a team of anti… According to reports, the… Police in Turkey… Read More »