Remembering Sam de Brito: All Men are Liars

‘All men are liars, why won’t you believe me?’ If ever there was an iconic literary question, this, by the late Sam de Brito, could be it. The question, which stemmed from what was to be guided wisdom imparted to his daughter and future children, turned out to be a column. In what was his first Fairfax column, de Brito said, ‘All men are liars. … Continue reading Remembering Sam de Brito: All Men are Liars

Bo Burnham: Inside

‘Bo Burnham‘ by jmcarthy99 is licensed under CC BY 2.0. In his Netflix special, Bo Burnham: Inside, Burnham captivates his audience from the outset. The comedian, actor, playwright, director and poet begins by explaining his intention to write, direct, and film an entire comedy special. What unfolds is a twelve-month journey through isolation in a modest granny flat—by song. Unlike any other comedy special on … Continue reading Bo Burnham: Inside

Remembering Richard Mercer: Love Song Dedications

Can you believe it’s been eight years since Richard Mercer hosted Love Song Dedications? For nearly 17 years, Australia’s ‘Love God’ dominated late night radio with his honey-toned voice, endearing personality, and memorable love songs. For most listeners, unless they researched him online, Mercer was (and remains) a faceless, friendly radio voice who comforted them to sleep almost every weeknight. Whether it was teenage puppy … Continue reading Remembering Richard Mercer: Love Song Dedications

Book Review: The End of Everything

Think back to your favourite opener. The drama, the shock, the evocative feelings; Dr. Katie Mack achieves all that in the opening line of a book on astrophysics. This bodes well. Step aside fiction authors—you no longer hold the monopoly on great opening sentences. The end of everything, metaphysically speaking, is an interesting discussion. The end of everything, philosophically speaking, is a great discussion. The … Continue reading Book Review: The End of Everything

Kore-eda is an Underrated Genius

Not many people have heard of Hirokazu Kore-eda, the Japanese filmmaker. Although most of his films regularly attend international film festivals, he has not achieved the wider recognition he rightfully deserves. Despite having been nominated five times in the Cannes Film Festival and winning the Jury Prize for his film Like Father, Like Son in 2013. His films are intimate domestic dramas, languid in pace … Continue reading Kore-eda is an Underrated Genius

Book Review: No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

When American poet Patricia Lockwood’s poem Rape Joke went viral in 2013 as a response to a public debate about whether rape jokes could ever be funny, it established her as the unofficial poet laureate of Twitter. Her 2017 memoirPriestdaddy, about growing up as the daughter of a conservative minister, similarly made waves and cemented Lockwood as a voice of the zeitgeist. To say I was excited … Continue reading Book Review: No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

Book Review: Stuff You Should Know by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant with Nils Parker

Do you ever find yourself wondering how pet rocks became a thing? Or go wondering down Wikipedia rabbit holes because you really needed more information about [insert random topic here]? If you’re a student of random knowledge like myself, then you might enjoy Stuff You Should Know: An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant (with co-writer Nils Parker). For those who might not … Continue reading Book Review: Stuff You Should Know by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant with Nils Parker

Book Review: Either Side of Midnight by Benjamin Stevenson

Content Warning: This book contains strong themes of suicide, EDs, and depression/anxiety. A gun fires. The studio bursts into hysteria but the cameras still roll. Millions of viewers saw Sam Midford pull the gun from his desk and fire it into his own head, so how can his death be considered a murder? Either Side of Midnight is a sombre yet compelling crime thriller exploring the … Continue reading Book Review: Either Side of Midnight by Benjamin Stevenson