culture & reviews

Stiff Gins flower

Summer/Autumn 2005

It’s been three years since Stiff Gins released their debut album, Origins. Kingia Australis, their latest offering, has been well worth the wait. When band member Emma Donovan (yes, cousin… Read more »

Helen Keller: A Rebel Life

Winter/Spring 2004

What do you know about Helen Keller? Most likely that she was blind and deaf and overcame huge obstacles to learn to communicate by working with a dedicated teacher, Anne… Read more »

Poetry: “Growing Up Jewish”

Winter/Spring 2003

For my Bar Mitzvah I received, along with some fountain pens and Israeli Savings Bonds,  a few certificates informing me that, in Israel,  trees had been planted in my honor…. Read more »

Movie Review: The Circle (Dayereh)

Winter/Spring 2002

Picture the white wall of a hospital corridor. Screams come from within. A small aperture opens, and — as though looking through a chador — we can see the eyes… Read more »

Making music: The Bread & Roses of Life

Summer/Autumn 2002

Facing the Music is a cinema verité type documentary on the music department of Sydney University.  Shots of intense-looking students playing classical music. Passionate lectures on Beethoven. You might think… Read more »