Were you raised by TV?

Have you ever felt like the characters in a TV show were more your kind of people than your own family? Have you ever looked to TV parents for wisdom? Have you ever felt drawn to TV shows for company or to help with life's problems? If you’ve answered yes

What to watch, read and listen to in September

This month's round-up of TV, books, podcasts and more includes The Salisbury Poisonings, The Bisexual plus new books Growing Young and Glimpses of Utopia and a podcast about Women With Clout. A Note on TV The Salisbury Poisonings In 2018, a father and daughter were found slumped on a park bench in the

Hazel Edwards & lockdown writing

Hazel Edwards

At a time when it’s not that easy to take a writing course, a new book from Australian author Hazel Edwards is here to help guide you through writing a book from start to finish. Have you ever wanted to write a book but, after the first flash of an idea

We need to talk about QAnon

QAnon, the conspiracy group that developed out of the 2016 US election and spread through Facebook, has now emerged into mainstream US politics and is even finding supporters in Australia. So just who and what is QAnon? What threats does it pose to democracy and how can it be countered? In

Is TV fatigue killing TV?

You know that feeling when you embark on a new TV series. New storylines, new characters and the start of a new journey to become involved with. But it’s also the start of a new relationship, and like any relationship it takes commitment - time spent together, engaging in another’s

The power of a protest song

The first Midnight Oil song in 20 years is something to celebrate. And it’s a doozy. The new song Gadigal Land is from the band’s forthcoming mini-album Makarrata Project and is a message sent across the airwaves about the recognition of Australia’s First Nations people, the colonisation by the English

What to read, watch and listen to in August

A Note on TV Why Women Kill A sharp dramedy about three married women (played by Ginnifer Goodwin, Lucy Liu and Kirby Howell-Baptiste) inhabiting the same house across three different eras, the 60s, mid 80s and late 2010s, Why Women Kill is a dark and sometimes sombre examination of the dynamics of

Cancel culture

Lately it feels like it’s hard to wade into a cultural debate or at least just have a quick scroll on Twitter without finding yourself knee deep in the quagmire that is “cancel culture”. It's been with us for several years but it's had a renewed focus lately. So what is

Zadie Smith on the craft of writing

Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith, giving a lecture on the craft of writing, admitted that despite being an award-winning author with a multitude of acclaimed books to her name, she feels uniquely unqualified to expand on the topic. “A lecture on craft… at once something fraudulent creeps into the enterprise, there’s a whiff of

What to read, watch and listen to in July

A Note on TV Forever Marrying your life partner is one thing, but what about if it meant spent post-death eternity together? This is the question at the heart of Forever, where husband and wife June (Maya Rudolph) and Oscar (Fred Armisen) both find themselves united in a pst-death life. XX is