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GUY RUNDLE | THE ARTS |

Rundle’s Review: YA novels a window into our own dystopian present

Don’t dismiss young-adult novels as kid’s stuff — the most successful franchises have very dark themes.

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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | THE ARTS |

Follow Friday: @adellewaldman, inside the mind of the hideous man

Adelle Waldman’s first novel is an insightful and probing look inside the mind of the casually cruel man. Our correspondent ponders his own life in chatting with her about writing and Twitter.

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HELEN RAZER | THE ARTS | 16 UNLOCK?

Razer’s Class Warfare: skinny models don’t matter, neither does fashion

Models are skinny. Who cares? Fashion’s real victim is our rational minds, as it is patently and deliberately stupid twattery. To believe anything else is the real problem.

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RAY GILL | THE ARTS |

The art of money: resale royalties feed struggling artists or ‘rich widows’?

It’s hard to move beyond the cliches about poor, morally superior artists struggling against the rich and powerful who exploit and profit from their talents, but changes to re-sale laws require a more realistic view.

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THE ARTS |

George W. Bush turns his hand to painting, but is he any good?

George W. Bush, one of America’s most polarising presidents, has opened a new art exhibition of his work. Freelance journalist Doyle Rader visits the exhibition in Dallas to find out if Dubya has any artistic ability.

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The Sandpit: Casey Bennetto in song

What does it take to be a Modern Man? Singer-songwriter-funny-bugger Casey Bennetto enters the Crikey Sandpit to lay down a tune on the week in politics …

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MARGOT SAVILLE | THE ARTS | 3

Saville’s Shout: politics’ revolving door … antisocial app …

With Australia allowing — even encouraging — politicians to profit from holding ministerial portfolios once they retire from politics, is it any wonder Arthur Sinodinos is in hot water?

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BERNARD KEANE | THE ARTS |

The highly selective artistic fury of Biennale boycotters

Sydney Biennale critics are being inconsistent in attacking Transfield while ignoring other sponsors with far worse records. Just take a look at Deutsche Bank …

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CATHY ALEXANDER | THE ARTS |

Does No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency gloss over the tragedy of HIV?

Alexander McCall Smith, the author of the hugely popular No 1. Ladies Detective Agency series, spoke in Melbourne last night. He was challenged about how he writes on HIV.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | THE ARTS |

‘Bad odour’? Abbott’s literary awards delay sparks suspicions

The Abbott government is yet to announce who will judge this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, months after the reading usually begins. Some former judges are suspicious.

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GUY RUNDLE | THE ARTS |

Vale Pete Seeger, who had a song to sing all over this land

The death of the iconic American singer/activist at the age of 94 recalls a century of struggle, both long gone and still living, says Crikey’s writer-at-large.

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THE ARTS |

Turning: John Kinsella’s poetic take on those seeking asylum

Award-winning poet John Kinsella offers a unique take on the asylum seeker situation befuddling politicians and the public. Crikey publishes his new poem Turning.

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HELEN RAZER | THE ARTS |

Razer’s defence of Triple J: it’s all in the mix, and the kids like it

The arguments against ABC youth station Triple J — from people too old and too white to be making them — are back in print. A former JJJ presenter mounts a more knowledgeable defence.

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THE ARTS |

Aboriginal art a casualty of new super rules

Superannuation rules were changed in 2011 to ensure investments were really used in retirement. But journalist at The Citizen Sally Stewart says the rules had an unintended victim.

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THE ARTS |

The Ring looked more like cheap bling

Tacky stage design of the Ring disappointed audiences and would have benefited from a single artist’s vision, writes critic and historian Ian Britain.

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GUY RUNDLE | THE ARTS |

Farewell to the second-hand bookshop

The days of record stores, second-hand bookstores and video rentals are almost behind us. Does this spell the end for diverse culture?

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THE ARTS |

Level up: why video games are good for you

With all the hand-wringing over violent video games, new research has emerged showing video games can actually improve cognition and well-being. Freelance writer Henry Belot hatches a green dinosaur out of an egg and investigates.

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THE ARTS |

Packer’s Sydney arts donation a lay-down misere

Daily Review journalist Ben Neutze says James Packer’s major arts donation — in exchange for approval for his Sydney casino — raises questions around the meaning and funding of culture in Australia.

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Crikey Blogs | THE ARTS |

The Curtain closes — but we’re over at Daily Review

Crikey has launched Australia’s newest arts website, The Daily Review — the new home for theatre criticism and debate.

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MARGOT SAVILLE | THE ARTS |

Flanagan on war and the ‘poisonous language that seeps into the soul’

One of Australia’s pre-eminent authors spoke movingly at The Lowy Institute about the horrors of war, the power of language and the nature of evil.

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RAY GILL | THE ARTS |

The ripple of Australian art that radiates outwards (all the way to Crikey)

The arts is a living, breathing monster; roaring in our major cultural spaces and dingy laneways near you. Crikey is diving into the pond with the launch on Monday of Daily Review.

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Crikey Blogs | THE ARTS |

REVIEW: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels | Theatre Royal, Sydney

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is, above all, a Good Night Out. The Sydney production of the Broadway hit features a winning cast and sounds much better than it looks.

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Crikey Blogs | THE ARTS |

REVIEW: Motherland | Metro Arts, Brisbane

An untold story about the marriage between a Russian president and a Brisbane heiress is fodder for Kathryn Lyall-Watson’s accomplished new play at Metro Arts.

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Crikey Blogs | THE ARTS |

Book reviews: Man Booker-winning The Luminaries & more

Jim Morgan tackles the much-lauded novel from Eleanor Catton, as well as new releases A History of Silence and Coal Creek.

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