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The Queen of Soul on the other side of the sky

The Queen of Soul on the other side of the sky

Vale Aretha Franklin, the greatest singer of the 20th century.

Sacred Cows: Paul Auster may not like 'New York Trilogy', but you should

Sacred Cows: Paul Auster may not like 'New York Trilogy', but you should

This was a work that busted open the detective genre and signalled a new direction in the evolution of literature. Does it matter what its creator says?

Richard Flanagan longs for an intellectual past that is purely fictional

Richard Flanagan longs for an intellectual past that is purely fictional

Richard Flanagan, attempting to work out the "dumbing down" of Australian writers festivals, comes up with "Free Speech Is Essential and We Are Frightened of New Ideas".

Rundle: four perfect minutes of pop music

Rundle: four perfect minutes of pop music

The '70s produced numerous masterpieces, but perhaps none as singular or confounding as 'Isn't it Time'.

Meaty tales and Labor luminaries as Bob Carr launches bootstraps memoir

Meaty tales and Labor luminaries as Bob Carr launches bootstraps memoir

Carr's 'hymn to public life' was launched among some of the biggest names in Labor of the last half century.

How K-pop is changing the game for the global music industry

How K-pop is changing the game for the global music industry

It shouldn't come as a surprise that Korean pop bands have recently made history in the US charts. This is just one part of a methodical global expansion.

Rundle: Mulholland Drive no mere cinematic event

Rundle: Mulholland Drive no mere cinematic event

This was a hallowed act of obeisance, cinema vanishing into itself: the Astor, a vast dome of faded theatrical glory was showing a David Lynch classic.

The unclassifiable genius of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks

The unclassifiable genius of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks

Van would go on to produce some great music; he never again produced anything like Astral Weeks. But who did?

Sacred Cows: the undeserved cult love for The Big Lebowski

Sacred Cows: the undeserved cult love for The Big Lebowski

Critics who have come to praise the Coen brothers' The Big Lebowski are victims of cult followers' persistence, psycho-semiotic babble and zealotry.

Roundtable: is it time to kill off the audience Q&A?

Roundtable: is it time to kill off the audience Q&A?

Crikey put the question to a programmer, a host, a panelist, and a serial angry audience member.