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Acute Misfortune is a tender yet strained story of how art feeds on its young

Acute Misfortune is a tender yet strained story of how art feeds on its young

The tale of the toxic and tender relationship between writer Erik Jensen and painter Adam Cullen is at its best when exploring the host-parasite relationship between subject and artist.

Between fact and fiction: why documentary doesn't need to be as simple as it sounds

Between fact and fiction: why documentary doesn't need to be as simple as it sounds

The boundaries of hybrid-documentary, docu-fiction and narrative drama are forever shifting, and producing some particularly exciting films.

There are plenty of lessons to learn from the past, but let's get the history right

There are plenty of lessons to learn from the past, but let's get the history right

In the face of increasingly absurd debate about Hitler and socialism, liberals would be wise to read up on the finer details before history repeats itself.

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.

On the bare earth

On the bare earth

An emphatic rejection of Australian senator Fraser Anning’s 'maiden' parliamentary [hate] speech by poet John Kinsella.

Filthy Rich and Homeless is bloated with empathy and lacking in unsexy facts

Filthy Rich and Homeless is bloated with empathy and lacking in unsexy facts

Who really cares about my "empathy"? The producers of SBS' returning show seem to think we’re living in a democracy. One activated by eminent tears.

Being ashamed of Australia is a useless luxury

Being ashamed of Australia is a useless luxury

Progressives love to take shame in and disengagement from their own nation as both a necessary and sufficient political act. It isn't.

What the 150-year-old Fairfax archive can teach us about media today

What the 150-year-old Fairfax archive can teach us about media today

The Fairfax archives, covering the media business from the 1840s to the 1990s, have some timely lessons for media watchers.

The secret to taking your mind off civilisation's inevitable decay

The secret to taking your mind off civilisation's inevitable decay

Afternoon tea is one of the most satisfying and direct routes to denying the horrendous state of the world.

This grinning racism doesn't reflect 'Australia'

This grinning racism doesn't reflect 'Australia'

News Corp seem to have a concerted and sickeningly malign campaign to whip up racial hatred. We need to challenge simplistic notions that such media "reflect" opinion.