Book Review: David Adam’s The Genius Within is smarter than your average book

A lot of us are now aware that the brain is plastic and has the ability to change and adapt. A new area of neuroscience that looks to take advantage of this phenomena is  cognitive enhancement. This is a field that sees individuals alter the way their brain and mind works in order to make it sharper, more focused and intelligent through the use of performance-enhancing drugs and/or brain stimulation. The Genius Within is a compelling account of this fledgling field, boasting scientific research and anecdotal evidence from an intrepid journalist who decides to use himself as a human guinea pig.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: The Wolves treats theatre as team sport in Sydney

America has an interesting and contentious relationship with soccer. Where the world game has been at the centre of global sports (and often politics) for centuries, Americans sidelined the sport during the depression years, only to resurrect it in the 1960s as a high school game. With many young boys choosing American football (the nation’s claim to the name) basketball or baseball, soccer soon became the team sport of choice for girls (the country currently has more registered female players than all other nations combined).... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Daniel H. Pink’s When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing is an accessible volume about time & using it to our advantage

There are some people who believe that timing is everything. American author and speaker, Daniel H. Pink is someone who appreciates the importance of timing, as he describes in his new book – When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. Pink believes that timing is not an art but a science, and has created a highly accessible volume that should get readers thinking twice about when they choose to do different things like: book in for surgery, quit their jobs or even get married. It’s an approach that makes logical sense even though some readers may already be familiar with the material from their own research or the mere fact that some of it is just plain, good old-fashioned common sense.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: John McPhee’s Draft No. 4 is all right for some, but not for everyone

Truthfully, I had no idea who John McPhee was when I picked up this book. I knew only a few things about the book at all- that it was about writing, that it was published by Text (a fabulous Australian publisher whom I trust with my reading material), and that it had a glowing quote by Helen Garner on the front of it. I went into Draft No. 4 expecting a certain type of book on writing: one which, while tailored to the individual writer’s style, would elucidate me on matters of choosing what to write about, editing my work, dealing with editors etc. What I got was something entirely different.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Lloyd Jones’ The Cage is an unsettling examination of the lengths we will go to for the truth

Two men, fleeing for their lives, arrive in a small country town. The townspeople, desperate to know where they have come from and what they have seen, assign a group of Trustees to find out more. But as the men prove unable to speak of their trauma, the town’s early hospitality is slowly withdrawn, replaced with suspicion, fear, and appalling cruelties. Confined to a cage in the grounds of the local hotel, the key presumed missing, the strangers cling to the last vestiges of what makes them human, as the Trustees fight harder and harder to wring answers from them.... Read More | Share it now!

POPSART: Robert Smithson rockstar legend show opens UQ Art Museum

I have a new art crush. The more I hear about him the more I want to know. Renowned American earthwork artist Robert Smithson died way too young in 1973, but in that short 35 years he managed to secure himself a position as one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century. Robert Smithson: Time Crystals is the first exhibition in Australia dedicated to his work which opened at UQ Art Museum Brisbane, running 10th March until 8th July 2018.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Want to laugh so hard wine comes out your nose? The Miss Behave Gameshow is for you (Sydney Opera House)

The Miss Behave Gameshow, Sydney Opera House. Photo: Prudence Upton.

Flying candy, endorsement of cheating and a few life lessons – and that’s just in the first 10 minutes – The Miss Behave Gameshow is hands down the most entertaining night out I’ve had in a long time. In fact, stop reading, jump over to the Sydney Opera House website and grab yourself some tickets now because once word gets out about this show, you’ll be hard pressed to get tickets, and frankly I don’t want to be held responsible for that kind of disappointment.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: The Book of Mormon will make you laugh til it hurts even if you feel you shouldn’t (Sydney Lyric Theatre)

What do you get when you combine a much-maligned American religion, Disney-movie songs and the writers of a politically incorrect adult cartoon? A ridiculously so-wrong-it’s-right musical called The Book of Mormon. As close to Broadway as you’re likely to see on the Australian stage, this show is an all-singing, all-dancing, joke-filled tribute to American musical theatre. The Book of Mormon may not change your life but it will certainly make you forget your own troubles for the evening and leave your cheeks aching with laughter.... Read More | Share it now!