Leonard Cohen: 10 of the best

Great songwriting, as does great poetry, feeds the spirit and informs and lifts. It gives one an insight into life’s vagueries, pain and hurt, as well as joy, tenderness, love and hate in a way that opens new understanding into what are universalities. There are some few great artist that have achieved and are able to deliver a mixture of words, vocal treatment, phrasing, music that is so precisely balanced…

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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

Frida Kahlo is an icon for many. Her paintings are inextricably interwoven with her life and the pain she endured following an accident when she was young. The autobiographical nature of her work is accompanied by a unique and inimitable style. Her partner, Diego Rivera saw fame (or infamy) in his own right as a political artist and the dynamics of their relationship add a particular fascination to the work…

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Be under no illusion: Malcolm Turnbull wants to destroy Australian literature

“The Liberals are a Party of Phillistines”. I have to agree. Indeed, how could anyone not agree? Their attacks on arts funding, their reneging on Gonski reforms, their obsession with “growth”, their continuing denunciation and undermining of the ABC, their support for profit before people and, indeed, their dismissal of scientific evidence when making decisions and arrogant pursuit of a neo-liberal economic agenda that favours the wealthy and increases the…

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A funhouse journey through the mind of an artist

Problems: political, social, individual – our lives seem replete with difficult issues ranging from the relatively trivial to major worries such as terrorism, massive dispossession of people, poverty and conflict, across the World, higher costs of living, unemployment and insecurity at home. For many, to turn on and watch or listen to the news is disheartening. To listen to the banal and devious rhetoric of most politicians is even more…

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If Librarians Were Honest | Brain Pickings

IF LIBRARIANS WERE HONEST“…a book indeed sometimes debauched me from my work…”–Benjamin FranklinIf librarians were honest,they wouldn’t smile, or actwelcoming. They would say,You need to be careful. Herebe monsters. They would say,These rooms house heathensand heretics, murderers andmaniacs, the deluded, desperate,and dissolute. They would say,These books contain knowledgeof death, desire, and decay,betrayal, blood, and more blood;each is a Pandora’s box, so whywould you want to open one.They would post dangersigns…

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A New Party for A New Australia

Have you had enough of childish exhange in the parliament? Have you had enough of the hard-line, austerity based, neo-liberalism agenda of Tony Abbott & the LNP? Are you disturbed by government’s rejection of science and destruction of the renewables industry, which runs counter to all sense and the consensus of the rest of the World? Do you value the existence of an independent public broadcaster free from political direction…

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A Political Party Worthy of Support

Are you totally unconvinced at the worth of any of the current political parties or simply feel like a change? Are you a lover of the Arts? Do you feel upset or annoyed by the demolition of the ABC, the reduction of funding to the Australian Film Industry and the absence of real support for true cultural worth in our community? If you answered YES to any of these then…

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Spurr-ious attack on the New Matilda

In the spirit of bigotry, perverse argument and absence of rationality, which Abbott’s government models and that appears to have taken hold of the nation, Professor Spurr has his lawyers seeking to pillory the New Matild for publishing Spurr’s self-incriminating emails. Comments in Spurr’s emails are both racially and sexually prejudiced – they use language in a way that would demean any person but is particularly noteworthy when used by…

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