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

Helen Razer December 7, 2017 13 Comments

The minute you consider enjoyment unethical, you open the risk of craving it for unsound reasons.

That’s not what I meant! Beware the deceptive pull quote

That’s not what I meant! Beware the deceptive pull quote

Ben Neutze March 10, 2015

What to do when "an extraordinary disappointment" in your review becomes "Extraordinary!" on the side of the theatre.

Theatre reviewer’s curtain call shows bare stage of criticism

Theatre reviewer’s curtain call shows bare stage of criticism

Ben Eltham December 14, 2012 3 Comments

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

Guy Rundle August 7, 2012 34 Comments

Driven creator, towering stylist, often insufferable, it is impossible to imagine either Australia or modern art without Robert Hughes.

Arts editor shits on theatre blogging, flame war ensues

Arts editor shits on theatre blogging, flame war ensues

Ben Eltham February 10, 2012 4 Comments

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

Ben Eltham October 21, 2011 22 Comments

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”

Crikey September 8, 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)

Crikey June 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

Crikey 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.