December, 2017

Razer: on the ethics and possibility of enjoying good art by bad men

, Dec 07, 2017

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The minute you consider enjoyment unethical, you open the risk of craving it for unsound reasons.
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That’s not what I meant! Beware the deceptive pull quote

, Mar 10, 2015

What to do when "an extraordinary disappointment" in your review becomes "Extraordinary!" on the side of the theatre.
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Theatre reviewer’s curtain call shows bare stage of criticism

, Dec 14, 2012

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Australia's best blog devoted to theatre criticism has frozen in time. There are fewer opportunities for thoughtful arts criticism, robbing culture of important conversations.

Robert Hughes, an obituary

, Aug 07, 2012

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Driven creator, towering stylist, often insufferable, it is impossible to imagine either Australia or modern art without Robert Hughes.
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Arts editor shits on theatre blogging, flame war ensues

, Feb 10, 2012

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The Global Mail opened its coverage of Australian arts on Monday with a curious piece from Stephen Crittenden about theatre blogging. Online writers haven't stopped talking about it since.

The problem of being exceptional

, Oct 21, 2011

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Excellence. It might be a goal of our national cultural policy, but do we really know what it means?

Book people face audience verdict: “Boring”

, Sep 08, 2010

While Rome fiddles, book people burn. A brief illustrated report on a small but critical event beyond Canberra, by W H Chong.

It’s just not critic(al)

, Jun 23, 2010

As a form, the newspaper theatre review is not without its charm. But it is a problematic form, particularly since it is the priority of that review form to give judgement, writes Andrew Furhmann.

Marieke Hardy: Bill Henson is a wimp and Australia is to blame

, May 11, 2010

Bill Henson's controversial photos of naked children whipped the public into a frenzy back in 2008 and sadly the madness has dulled his work, writes Marieke Hardy.