Six rich & varied things we learned at Emotional Intelligence from the Dark Side during Sydney’s Vivid Ideas

We consider philosophers, world leaders, writers, artists, musicians and comedians as good sources of wisdom. But we don’t rate pirates, hackers and gang members quite so highly. Author Kyra Maya Phillips disagrees and thinks we should look to social misfits as sources of inspiration as she describes in her book, The Misfit Economy. The Venezuelan writer spoke in Sydney for Vivid Ideas and The School Of Life. She described how we can receive pearls of wisdom from these rather unlikely sources. We list the top six things we learned.... Read More | Share it now!

Nine things we learned at the Marketing To The Machines Vivid Ideas panel; an interesting & frightening look at the future

It doesn’t matter if you’re the biggest technophobe or if you’re a digital whiz kid, there’s no denying that algorithms are becoming a pervasive part of our lives. Companies like Google know more about us than ever, Amazon can predict our shopping purchases and Facebook likes can be used to distinguish your class, race, gender and an assortment of other attributes that were previously only known by your family, social circle or the government.... Read More | Share it now!

Opera Review: Two Weddings, One Bride proves that opera can be full of fun & tomfoolery (performances until October 22nd)

The words ‘Opera Australia’ and ‘piano ditty’ are not normally things you would typically associate with one another. But in the latest Sydney Opera House production Two Weddings, One Bride, the pair look set to become a marriage made in heaven. This operetta is a fun and accessible romp through comedy and farce in the exotic splendour of French Morocco.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Joyce Morgan’s Martin Sharp – His Life & Times is a great primer about Australia’s leading pop artist

If you don’t know the name Martin Sharp it’s still likely you’ll be familiar with his artworks. The Australian artist was responsible for designing the covers of Cream’s two studio albums, was the co-founder and principal cartoonist at Oz magazine and produced famous posters of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and more. Martin Sharp – His Life & Times is a biography that covers his charmed period living in swinging London and his artistic career and life in the wonderful land of Oz.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Clementine Ford’s Fight Like A Girl is an uncompromising and important feminist polemic

Clementine Ford’s latest book Fight Like A Girl packs punches in the best possible way. The feminist commentator has penned a volume that is like a personal polemic; one that is not dissimilar to the work of Lindy West, Caitlin Moran, Tara Moss et al. Fight Like A Girl then, is another important and welcome addition to the ongoing dialogue about contemporary feminism, the issues that are impacted by our history and the current state of structural inequality.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: STC’s Talk is a searing, hilarious look at modern journalism (Performances at the Sydney Opera House until 20th May)

Talk is a play that feels like Frontline version 2.0. It’s a satirical look at the modern state of journalism, a place that has seen many experienced reporters lose their jobs while amateurs and citizen journalists have risen up. This Sydney Theatre Company production is a searing indictment on the current media climate as it looks at the morality and ethics of a particular story as it unfolds in glorious detail.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Lindy West’s Shrill will make you laugh, cry, rage and feel jubilant at her uncompromising prose

Lindy West was one of the highlights from this year’s All About Women festival at the Sydney Opera House. So it is unsurprising that this Guardian columnist and Jezebel blogger’s book, Shrill – Notes From A Loud Woman is funny, accomplished and excellent. West’s book is ultimately a hybrid between memoir, with personal anecdotes, and essays, where she writes about important issues and uncomfortable truths in a compelling and articulate way.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Peter Polites’ Down The Hume shakes our expectations about “Australian” stories

When we think of an “Australian story” the ones that typically spring to mind are predominantly about the country, bush or the past. So what is a reader to do when they want something that reflects their own modern life in the Western suburbs of Sydney? Thankfully, Peter Polites has answered this in his debut novel, Down The Hume, one that seems like a likely successor to Christos Tsiolkas’ Loaded.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Meshel Laurie’s Buddhism for Break-ups is the Buddhist dating equivalent of Chicken Soup for the Soul

There are many people who ask themselves, “What would Jesus do?” but in the case of Meshel Laurie, it was, “What would Buddha do?” The Australian writer, comedian and radio personality was looking towards her Buddhist faith as a way of making sense of the end of her 19 year marriage. Except that there were no self-help manuals on successfully separating, not from a Buddhist standpoint, so she wrote her own and it’s a thought-provoking, relatable and compassionate read.... Read More | Share it now!