Culture

Previews, reviews and interviews
Culture 1/3/2018
In the Zone Sam Doctor’s images from Fukushima
by Leon Batchelor
“It’s like when parents have a missing child and they keep the bedroom in the same way.”
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Review
6/2/2018
When Avatars Die Elizabeth Tan’s Rubik
by Jack Cameron Stanton
At its core, this book shares the whacky paranoia of Pynchon novels, with a flair for Murakami-esque surrealism, and a humour and sensibility that is refreshingly Aussie millennial.
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Review
6/2/2018
Sweet Country Our silent, violent history
by Rochelle Siemienowicz
Tense and beautiful, Sweet Country is utterly gripping from the first scene, an extreme close-up of white sugar being stirred into black tea and boiling in a billy, while racist violence occurs off screen, heard but not seen.
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Culture 6/2/2018
Phantom Thread The everyday sadism of marriage
by Rochelle Siemienowicz
It’s commonplace to observe that the opposite of love is not hatred, but indifference. Love and hatred exist on a spectrum ... traversed at the speed it takes to watch one’s partner laugh too long at their own joke, or eat a messy breakfast.
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Culture 6/2/2018
War! What’s It Good For?! Ross Kemp: Extreme Tales Live On Stage
by Charles Purcell
“I remember thinking, ‘What have I got? I’ve got a Porsche and a swimming pool, no kids, no relationship with any women. What the f___ am I leaving behind?’”
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Interview
15/11/17
Swept Away An interview with Jamie xx about music for changing times
by Oliver Mol
"Love drives everything, for me. Even it’s just having some nostalgic, rose-tinted idea of it. It helps me get to a certain place when making music."
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Culture 24/01/18
Blanks’ Generation Kirin J Callinan’s loss of face at Laneway Festival
by Toby Creswell
A group of retired music business executives and representatives of Triple J and 2CH have banded together to form a new organisation, Mute Offensive Records. Its role will be to “regulate unsafe musical practices” across the country.
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Culture 9/1/2018
The Post Democracy can die in the dark
by Lauren Carroll Harris
Steven Spielberg’s new film summons up an era when journalism was still ‘the first rough draft of history’.
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Interview
10/1/18
The Ghost in You An interview with HTRK’s Jonnine Standish
by Aaron Curran
Virtual reality, digital narcissism and dead friends: musician Jonnine Standish is riding a new kind of ghost train into town.
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Interview
14/12/17
Second Guessing Yourself Jack Colwell’s search for a better identity
by Oliver Mol
“I try to be a good person but I also know there’s a darkness and a poison inside me. It’s hard to separate all these things.”
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Books
21/12/2017
A Twenty-First Century Christmas Carol Reinventing Santa for New York
by McKenzie Wark
In ‘Toyz on Demand’... Santa has a unique business, based on giving the toys away and monetizing his celebrity through paid appearances.
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Culture 20/12/17
Excerpts from a cricketer’s autobiography, ‘My Autobiography’
by Jack ‘Bumper’ Marx
“I’ve played with some of the best cricketers and greatest blokes you’d wish to meet.”
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