Peter Craven

A ravishing sensuousness

22 April 2023 9:00 am

What a world of paradox painting confronts us with. The death of John Olsen is a reminder of his stature…

The pity of war

15 April 2023 9:00 am

‘My subject is war and the pity of war,’ Wilfred Owen wrote in the poems which Benjamin Britten set to…

Erotic intensity

8 April 2023 9:00 am

We think of television – even in this age of a thousand streamers – as something we pig out on…

Searching in vain for The African Queen

1 April 2023 9:00 am

What a weird world we inhabit when it comes to popular culture or indeed to any culture high or low.…

Brooding beauty

25 March 2023 9:00 am

The prospect of a revival of Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote by the Australian Ballet in Melbourne is a reminder of…

Deathless dag

18 March 2023 9:00 am

You need only pick up Tim Robertson’s Reliques/Pomes to know that you’re in the presence of a man with an…

Shining in the mind

11 March 2023 9:00 am

How many people have sat watching something stream (or whatever) on television and found themsleves incapable of turning it off…

An ecstatic torment of self-delight

4 March 2023 9:00 am

What a week of music. On Thursday night we listened to the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne do Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at…

Shy old charmer

25 February 2023 9:00 am

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 2023 season with a sumptuously ambitious gala concert on the evening of Friday…

Aristocratic panache

18 February 2023 9:00 am

Last week saw the streaming of the sixth and final episode of Happy Valley, the Yorkshire policier with the great…

Serious music

11 February 2023 9:00 am

The other week this column blithely announced that the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra would be performing live that mighty and mightily…

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Snatches of poignancy

4 February 2023 9:00 am

Some decades ago when David Foster Wallace was proceeding to write the great confounding masterpiece of his generation Infinite Jest…

Rite of summer

28 January 2023 9:00 am

It’s a strange period of relaxation, isn’t it? The post-Christmas and New Year period in the lead up to Australia…

Cardinal virtues

19 January 2023 9:00 am

George Pell is dead. Although he was 81, no one would have predicted it. The Cardinal who had had to…

Feast of epiphanies

14 January 2023 9:00 am

January 6, the end of the twelve days of Christmas and the Feast of the Epiphany when the three wise…

I, Spy

7 January 2023 9:00 am

Is the new year a time to reflect on the misjudgments of a life spent opining? Thirty years ago, when…

The intensity of Christmas

17 December 2022 9:00 am

What a box of contradictions Christmas is. There’s the quest for presents – which can get urgent and exhilarated in…

Howdy, pardner

10 December 2022 9:00 am

Someone told me the new TV streamer The English had a weird resemblance to Cormac McCarthy who has just published…

And introducing Michael Caine

3 December 2022 9:00 am

It was the night of the Victorian election that might have seen Daniel Andrews fall like Lucifer never to rise…

Firefighters of bounty

26 November 2022 9:00 am

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has been with us for as long as we can remember. The story of the unlovely…

Minimalist but highly imaginative

19 November 2022 9:00 am

If you live in the suburb of Hawthorn in the midst of all that leafy greenness, in the federal seat…

A lustre that is blinding

12 November 2022 9:00 am

Does Milly Alcock find her characters inside herself or does she sketch them from outside? ‘It’s both,’ she says. ‘You…

Theatre of the soul

5 November 2022 9:00 am

Whatever you think of the question of the Voice it was fascinating to hear Noel Pearson, that most formidable and…

Grace and lucidity

29 October 2022 9:00 am

The news of Carmen Callil’s death last week shocked the literary world even though it was expected. She made an…

One night in a Gentlemen’s Club

22 October 2022 9:00 am

How fascinating it is to see that Australia’s Brendan Cowell is playing John Proctor in the new English National Theatre…