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HELEN RAZER | THE ARTS |

In the name of cash: U2′s Apple virus

Saint Bono has descended from on high to deliver us the fruits of his labours (without asking). But it was the slightly larger iPhone that got the groupies.

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HELEN RAZER | THE ARTS | 10 UNLOCK?

Razer’s Class Warfare: Apple a cruel industrialist in Hillsong Jesus clothing

The emotional incontinence of idiot tech journalists as they fetishise graven images (read: iPhones and Apple Watches) glorifies a god (read: cult leader) that is not as benevolent as it seems.

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HELEN RAZER | THE ARTS |

Razer’s Class Warfare: Abbott govt helping at least one area of the arts

The Abbott government has promised to “cut red tape”, and while most of its decisions have been ludicrous, one stands out as actual good policy …

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JEFF SPARROW | THE ARTS | 4

Katniss Everdeen is not turning your kid into a right-wing nutjob

Some so-called progressives have worked themselves into a panic, warning that books like The Hunger Games could taint the minds of children with anti-welfare, anti-equality ideology.

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MARGOT SAVILLE | THE ARTS | 2

Kim Williams goes to the dogs (tastefully, of course)

This morning Kim Williams launched his new book, Rules of Engagement, which focuses more on family, wine, sport and good living, rather than his tumble from the News Corp roost.

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THE ARTS |

Was Leonardo da Vinci a child pornographer?

Artist Paul Yore’s defence team needs to convince the magistrate to answer one of the modern world’s trickiest questions: what is art? Freelance writer Mark Holsworth reports.

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THE ARTS |

David Bowie is … at it again

The construction of the David Bowie narrative continues with David Bowie is, a new exhibition celebrating 50 years of one of the era’s most influential artists, writes Peter Farnan.

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THE ARTS |

Rewritten by machine on new technology: on the musical edge

At a recent music conference, composer, performer and teacher Peter Farman found himself entranced by abstract sounds that challenge how we understand, shape and interpret what we hear.

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THE ARTS |

No place for artists in online copyright debate

John Ferris from Ministry of Sound Australia disagrees with the suggestion that filesharing will stop if content makers “just make stuff available”.

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RAY GILL | THE ARTS |

Art for silvertails? Opera called to account

A review of four government-funded opera companies around Australia should revitalise this adventurous and resilient art form and find new ways to engage more artists and audiences.

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THE ARTS |

The (attempted) exorcism of Eddie Obeid

The NSW Labor Party wants to present Eddie Obeid as one bad apple. But this, of course, is nonsense, writes NSW political reporter Alex Mitchell.

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THE ARTS |

Could Manuel Noriega lawsuit determine creative licence for the gaming industry?

Important boundaries under which the gaming industry will have to operate in the future may be determined by two curious court cases.

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MARGOT SAVILLE | THE ARTS |

Climate sceptic HQ: undercover at Ian Plimer’s book launch

Ian Plimer’s latest book argues manmade climate change is not real and environmentalists are damaging the planet. Crikey infiltrated the book launch to see Plimer’s fans in action.

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THE ARTS |

Get Fact: how accurate is Ian Plimer’s new book?

The climate sceptics’ hero, Ian Plimer, has a new book out. Climate academic Ian McHugh fact-checks some of his claims about climate change. And did Plimer plagiarise?

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CATHY ALEXANDER | THE ARTS |

Crikey list: most memorable books by politicians

Here are some of the best and worst books by Australian politicians in recent times. You be the judge on which one to demand at Christmas time …

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CATHY ALEXANDER | THE ARTS |

Books by politicians: how to avoid the bargain bin

A flood of pollies have books coming out, from Julia Gillard to John Howard and Bob Day. We look at what makes for a good read in this tricky genre.

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GUY RUNDLE | THE ARTS |

Rundle: Dale’s worst problem was anti-Semitism, not ‘Demidenko’

She’s baaaaaaaaack. Helen Demidenko speaks up to re-claim her controversial book.

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THE ARTS |

Press gallery party time — and Shorten got the laughs

It’s Mid-Winter Ball time in federal Parliament — so who was hot, who was not, and who drank the most red wine?

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PADDY MANNING | THE ARTS |

Pyjamas, porridge and bursts of song: Carr another star for NSW last night

Bob Carr is not the sporty type — having scheduled his performance of his Diary of a Foreign Minister on the same night as the State of Origin. But it was a rousing, amusing, and dare we say inspiring night all the same.

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THE ARTS |

Jim Keays: a Master before his time

The death of Masters Apprentices frontman Jim Keays signalled the end of an era for fans of early Aussie rock, writes Peter Farnan.

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MARGOT SAVILLE | THE ARTS |

‘A fine human being’: Keneally celebrates 50 years in print

Australian author Thomas Keneally celebrated 50 years since the release of his first book at an exclusive event in Sydney last night.

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THE ARTS |

Can Gerard Henderson judge PM’s Literary Awards fairly?

Gerard Henderson is a well-documented ideological warrior — can he put politics aside to judge the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards? Chris Feik, publisher of Black Inc, and Morry Schwartz, director of Schwartz Media, are suggesting a way to keep the judging process transparent.

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HELEN RAZER | THE ARTS |

Clive James’ devilish fire an eternal flame

Clive James has had some silly, nonsensical and flat-out wrong opinions over his long career. But his writing can still ignite passion in any breast, be it adolescent or middle-aged.

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HELEN RAZER | THE ARTS |

Misogyny not to blame for Santa Barbara massacre

We love the narrative that blames a current cultural ill (loose morals, video games, a controversial book, misogyny) for random acts of inexplicable horror. But this narrative is completely wrong.

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