Current Affairs Wrap: Should old trauma be forgotten? Welcome back to 2016!

Current Affairs Wrap: Should old trauma be forgotten? Welcome back to 2016!

Happy 2017! Just a quick reminder, 2016 wasn’t that far away, and despite the ‘new year, new me’ euphoria, here’s a heavy grain of salt to add to your hangover. Sorry.   Hello all and welcome to this week’s Current Affairs Wrap. The last week of 2016 saw the fatwah on the world’s favourite celebrities reach a crescendo, Putin taking the high ground from Obama and the in-fight we’ve all been dreaming of within the…

S&M: Barbra Streisand – Here’s to Campster-gram…

S&M: Barbra Streisand – Here’s to Campster-gram…

Carrie McCarthy demands that all the haters on Barbra Streisand’s Instagram foray ask themselves who the hell they think they’re trying to de-camp already… #sheslikebutter   Forget anything you know about camp and prepare yourself, because this week saw an event camper than a Bert and Patty Newton Christmas special. #nowthatscamp Barbra Streisand joined Instagram. I repeat – Barbra Streisand has joined Instagram. And I…

The tense psychological character study that is Lynne Vincent McCarthy’s “Lonely Girl”

The tense psychological character study that is Lynne Vincent McCarthy’s “Lonely Girl”

Lynne Vincent McCarthy’s stunning debut novel is a grating example of a character gone awry. It’s terror visited under glass, and well worth an examination.     As with most cultures, we are perennially exposed to art which is subject to the male gaze; so it is a rare work or societal insight that provides the opposite. Lynne Vincent McCarthy’s first novel Lonely Girl provides a fascinating, if disturbing, insight as to…

Public art: Friend or enema…?

Public art: Friend or enema…?

Hearing Paul McCarthy’s “Tree” in Paris had lost its mojo, Tom Jacobs wades into the public art debate, feeling the piece wasn’t so out of place in a city full of other “art-rections”.   If the world ever needed an enema, it could be inserted at Parliament Dr, Canberra ACT 2600. If, on the other hand, the world needed a giant butt-plug, then apparently the city of love, is the place to stick it. The city…

TBS Blog Series: Culture Blogs you should be reading

TBS Blog Series: Culture Blogs you should be reading

From lifestyle to the arts and much in-between, we’ve wrangled this coterie of uniqueness, because we think you need culture, you lot.     Juliette’s Art and Lifestyle Blog Juliette’s blog is about “defining the world, one over-analysed thought at a time.” Her blog is a textured collage of lifestyle posts, thoughts and explorations of the visual arts, and baking recipes. An emerging artist herself, she shares not only her work…