Art Gallery of NSW’s Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium is a visceral and stunning study in bold contradictions

It is clichéd to say that a picture tells a thousand words. But there’s also some truth to this and one photographer who certainly knew and appreciated how an image could confound or shape one’s perception is Robert Mapplethorpe. He is the late artist, photographer and former muse to Patti Smith. The Perfect Medium is a new exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW, and it’s one that is playful and relishes in challenging our expectations and ideas about identity, sexuality, masculinity and more.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Shine Like It Does is a sparkly new biography about Michael Hutchence & INXS

This year marks the 20th anniversary since the death of the legendary, Michael Hutchence. In this time, a lot of books and articles have been published about this enigmatic man. A new biography, Shine Like It Does, from journalist Toby Creswell, may not be the most necessary title, but his book is an intriguing one; with Creswell managing to find the right balance between telling the truth and mere hagiography.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Detours is a rock memoir celebrating Mr Tim Rogers’ storytelling prowess, wit & wisdom

As any self-respecting You Am I fan knows, Tim Rogers can spin a yarn or ten. What they may not realise is that this legendary songwriter, artist, and musician has also achieved this in a book format, without the need for a guitar, mic-stand or a drink. Okay, maybe he did need the latter. His debut memoir, Detours, is a fabulous and personal read that takes in so many different topics that you feel like you’re having your own personal heart-to-heart with the dapper gentleman himself.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Your Brain Knows More Than You Think is an important & contentious book about pioneering brain research

A book like Your Brain Knows More Than You Think is one that challenges you to leave your assumptions at the door. Originally written by psychologist and neurobiologist Niels Birbaumer, and translated into English by David Shaw, it provides some compelling arguments and case studies from the research and practice undertaken by Birbaumer, and others in this ground-breaking and innovative field. It’s also one that is not without controversy, but that’s because in some cases the stakes can be quite high, especially in trying to achieve things that seem impossible.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: The Wisdom of Oz includes funny observations by those true blue wizards of Oz

Australians let us all rejoice for we are a nation full of self-deprecating individuals with a great wit and a keen sense of humour. Never has this been more apparent than in the book, The Wisdom of Oz. This should be required reading for every true blue Aussie (forget the citizenship test) because it’s chock full of excellent pearls of wisdom and pithy comments that encapsulate the profound, the peppery and the profane. It’s the kind of thing that will leave you proud to call Australia home, let’s raise our beers and celebrate.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Stuart Kells’ The Library is a love letter to literature

A leading Australian bibliophile goes on a tour of thousands of libraries. The result isn’t a punchline but in fact a book called The Library by Stuart Kells. This volume is a fascinating text that draws together Kells’ scholarly essays on a range of different topics related to the storage of books, reading in general and different methods of communication through history. It’s an intriguing trip skipping through the history books and hearing about places that are so much more than a mere storeroom. For many people libraries possess a heart and soul and are a delightful sanctuary, a solace and comfort.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: Sydney’s encore of My Fair Lady‘s Diamond Jubilee production is a grand old time

In 2016, My Fair Lady celebrated its Diamond Jubilee with a series of stunning shows around Australia, including a run at the Sydney Opera House. An encore season at the Capitol Theatre with most of the same principal cast and crew returns in 2017 and it still dazzles like a rare diamond. It is a reminder that this little lady may be a tad older but she’s still one fair and sweet rose of the theatre.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Fiona Horne’s The Naked Witch proves there are many feathers to a witch’s hat

Fiona Horne is a witch but she could also be considered an “onion.” In her memoir, The Naked Witch she strips away the layers and gives readers a raw and honest account of her life. This enables readers to delve deeper and deeper into different layers and just when you think you have her all figured out, she throws another bombshell or twist into the mix. In short, it’s very easy to be transfixed by her spell.... Read More | Share it now!