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‘They didn’t get it’: ’60s ‘shocker’ Vivienne Binns outlasts her scandalised critics

‘They didn’t get it’: ’60s ‘shocker’ Vivienne Binns outlasts her scandalised critics

‘Pure obscene horror’ was one reaction to her first solo exhibition. Now recognised as a trailblazer, the feminist artist is enjoying a major retrospective.

  • by Andrew Stephens

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Hate poetry? This impressive book might just change your mind

Hate poetry? This impressive book might just change your mind

Sarah-Holland Batt will guide you through the thickets of contemporary Australian poetry.

  • by Geoff Page
‘A devastation, a provocation’: little wonder The Promise won the Booker Prize

‘A devastation, a provocation’: little wonder The Promise won the Booker Prize

Damon Galgut’s novel is a family story that embraces inheritance, land and implacable historical influences as South Africa lurches toward the end of apartheid.

  • by Helen Elliott
An ode to Britney Spears and a dazzling look at genius: books to read now

An ode to Britney Spears and a dazzling look at genius: books to read now

Book reviewers Lucy Sussex and Fiona Capp consider a mix of fiction and non-fiction releases. Here are their picks from the bunch.

  • by Lucy Sussex and Fiona Capp
The man who ushered the effects of trauma into modern literature

The man who ushered the effects of trauma into modern literature

In his remarkable, unclassifiable books W.G. Sebald was a harbinger of the concern with trauma that has since become ubiquitous.

  • by Owen Richardson
You can speak ill of the dead - as long as you’re close to joining them

You can speak ill of the dead - as long as you’re close to joining them

Grieving a fat man who chokes on takeaway seems difficult for Australians. Americans can do it.

  • by Anson Cameron
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‘I felt I was like her. It was joyous’: Kristen Stewart on playing Princess Diana

‘I felt I was like her. It was joyous’: Kristen Stewart on playing Princess Diana

Like the woman she plays in Spencer, the Hollywood star knows what it is like to be in the paparazzi’s sights.

  • by Stephanie Bunbury
Mad Men meets Desperate Housewives in a dark crime caper

Mad Men meets Desperate Housewives in a dark crime caper

The second season of Why Women Kill is a dark farce set among the glamour of 1940s Los Angeles.

  • by Kylie Northover
Keep breathing and make every scream count: actors tackle a deadly climb

Keep breathing and make every scream count: actors tackle a deadly climb

The MTC’s ambitious stage adaptation of Touching the Void has brought cast and director close to the precipice.

  • by John Bailey
That’s my dad! Wonky elbow rings a bell in painting of local footy team

That’s my dad! Wonky elbow rings a bell in painting of local footy team

The Lin Onus exhibition at Shepparton Art Museum has been a six-year journey of love and connection.

  • by Andrew Stephens
Is Into the Woods the show for our times?

Is Into the Woods the show for our times?

The Stephen Sondheim classic suggests a remedy for characters caught in a tangle of self-interest.

  • by Sonia Harford