Arts and culture

How to build the bomb

15 July 2023 9:00 am

Graham Greene used to say that none of the great literary works he had read as an adult had the…

In praise of Milan Kundera

12 July 2023 10:47 pm

The Czech-born writer Milan Kundera has died, at the age of 94. Four years ago, Toby Young wrote this tribute…

Keeping Ralph on his toes

8 July 2023 9:00 am

It would have been interesting to hear Barrie Kosky and Kip Williams talk about the theatre on Tuesday night. In…

An icy restraint

1 July 2023 9:00 am

The world has seemed like a procession of deaths lately. Generally, of those in old age. Of all of them,…

In praise of encyclopedias

27 June 2023 6:00 pm

Simon Winchester recalls the time — he was not yet three — when, stepping into his rubber boot, he was…

Captivating marvels

24 June 2023 9:00 am

It’s fascinating to hear that one of the greater theatre directors we have produced, Neil Armfield, is directing Anthony LaPaglia…

Literary festivals are no fun

22 June 2023 1:00 am

This is the season when literary festivals start to happen all over the UK. From the highlands of Scotland to…

Jenny Boyd goes beyond the muse

18 June 2023 10:05 pm

The beautiful muse to great male artists is a tricky figure, omnipresent in history but a bad fit for our…

Innocent pertness

17 June 2023 9:00 am

There are times when anyone might decide to throw in scanning the range of literature and art and music and…

Readers of Ulysses have a right to be smug

16 June 2023 10:55 pm

Happy Bloomsday everybody. Today, 16 June, is the day on which the events of James Joyce’s epic novel, Ulysses, is set…

Always Sunny: going where others wouldn’t dare

16 June 2023 6:00 am

Few would believe me If I said that a show about a group of politically incorrect, sociopathic, and narcissistic alcoholics…

A staggering performance

10 June 2023 9:00 am

It would be wrong to belittle the Rembrandt exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria because the emphasis is on…

The case for conservative comedy

7 June 2023 4:30 am

Australia and the UK have a long, storied history of comedy. It has produced some great performers. However, one must…

What the Smiths’ critics don’t get

6 June 2023 11:43 pm

It’s forty years since the Smiths released their first single ‘Hand In Glove’. We’ve already seen a slew of articles…

Progressive censorship is headed down the same path as the ‘Rushdie bounty hunters’

4 June 2023 10:15 am

Salman Rushdie did not die. Attempts to murder the author have been numerous, but Hadi Matar is the one charged…

A campy and colourful role

3 June 2023 9:00 am

It’s good to report that the latest revival of The Rocky Horror Show with Jason Donovan as Frank-N-Furter is true…

The redemption of reputation

3 June 2023 4:00 am

Scandal-hit celebrities Johnny Depp and Martha Stewart have coincidentally – yet decisively – proved my working PR theory (of several…

In praise of ‘shame’

1 June 2023 10:40 am

Does art imitate life or vice versa? This question has troubled some of the world’s greatest minds. Plato agreed with…

Michael Cimino’s gift to cinema

30 May 2023 10:55 pm

In the spring of 1981, I committed what the entertainment press of that day regarded as an act of self-abuse:…

Succession’s only real flaw

30 May 2023 8:42 pm

It’s strange to reach the end of something you’ve relished with a sense of relief. HBO’s Succession has given me…

One kind of masterpiece

27 May 2023 9:00 am

It’s strange the world of classics and demi-classics and popular classics we inhabit. Right at the moment there’s the chance…

Indiana Jones and the Cesspit of Woke

21 May 2023 4:00 pm

The adventuring, treasure-hunting, ultra-manly Indiana Jones franchise has defined large portions of story-telling history in Hollywood. Not only did it inspire…

Strange bedfellows

20 May 2023 9:00 am

What a whirlwind the world of the arts can be. Gabrielle Carey who changed forever the image of teenage girlish…

The ultimate symbol of Sisu

17 May 2023 6:00 am

For Finnish people, the concept of sisu cannot be directly interpreted. Roughly translated, it means strength, perseverance, and a firm determination to…

Rattle and HM

13 May 2023 9:00 am

It’s funny to think that at the very moment when King Charles was going through his Coronation, pledging service and…