Book Review: Jennifer Palmieri’s Dear Madam President is a little book about some complex gender problems

Beyoncé may have sung about girls running the world but Jennifer Palmieri considered this a certainty until it was wrenched away in 2016. Palmieri was the communications director and advisor to Hillary Rodham Clinton in the presidential campaign that saw the advent of President Trump. Dear Madam President is a short book that chronicles this story and gives advice about some possible ways forward. It is ultimately a rather sound volume but it could have been improved by being longer and tackling certain subjects in a more in-depth way.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Zoë Foster Blake’s Break-Up Boss is like a sassy big sister for the broken-hearted

Beloved Australian author, Zoë Foster Blake has become an authority on dating and relationships. The former Cosmopolitan columnist wrote Textbook Romance with Hamish Blake, the man who would one day become her husband. Now she delivers us Break-up Boss, a rather joyous but realistic pocket guide to break-ups and its companion piece, an eponymous app. Like Meshel Laurie’s Buddhism for Break-ups, it offers up lots of useful hints and tidbits for those people going through a break-up.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Pattie Boyd’s photo exhibition & speaking tour celebrates the passion of rock’s two most famous couples

George Harrison always knew there was something special about muse, fashion model and photographer, Pattie Boyd. She was married to the Quiet Beatle from 1966-77 and then to his best mate and guitar God, Eric Clapton from 1979-89. She was the inspiration for many great love songs, including Harrison’s “Something” and Clapton’s “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight.” She has lived an exotic and glamorous life with rock stars and this charmed existence is the subject of a speaking tour and exhibition at Sydney’s Blender Gallery this May.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Tom Rachman’s The Italian Teacher is a lyrical look at the true price of art

If there was ever an author who had the ability to paint a picture with his prose it’s Tom Rachman. In his latest novel, The Italian Teacher, Rachman puts together a complex and often lyrical study of a man who has grown up in the shadows of his artist father’s genius. The result is a heart-wrenching examination of modern art and its true costs.... Read More | Share it now!

Interview: Director Constantine Costi on reviving La Traviata for Opera Australia

At the ripe old age of 28, Constantine Costi is making a name for himself across a number of theatre forms and as one of Opera Australia’s youngest directors. Part of a young creative family, his brother a playwright and sister as composer, he creatives and revives a diverse range of performances from immersive theatre to opera and everything in between. His latest revival, La Traviata, opens in Melbourne tomorrow, and also serves as his directorial debut for Opera Australia. We caught up with Costi to talk about the his career to date and the anticipated production.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Christopher Lawrence’s Symphony Of Seduction is a passionate look at classical music’s great loves & lusts

These days our tabloid magazines are obsessed with the love lives of the rich and the famous; but have you ever wondered what these stories would look like if the subjects were famous composers from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries? ABC broadcaster Christopher Lawrence has the answer along with a dash of poetic licence in his latest book: Symphony Of Seduction. ... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Sonya Voumard’s Skin In The Game turns the ethics of journalism into an open book

Writing about true stories can often be a rewarding experience, because these are the most relatable and intriguing ones for the reader. However, on the flip-side there are also ethical questions involved in this particular game and one needs to ensure that a subject is properly represented. This tug-of-war act between the journalist and the interviewee is something that is addressed in Stella Prize long-listed author and seasoned journalist, Sonya Voumard’s new book: Skin In The Game: The Pleasure & Pain Of Telling True Stories. Voumard offers us a forthright and critical analysis of the good, bad and ugly aspects involved in telling other people’s tales as well as an account of her own role in playing that particular game.... Read More | Share it now!