The interesting thing about living in an ideologically ‘post-racial’ society – which is nevertheless dependent to the extreme on structures and practices of racism and racial violence – is that talking about racism is equivalent to perpetuating it.
Cricket has been embraced by both sides of the political divide, but it’s no coincidence that the greatest book ever written on the subject was authored by a man of the hard left, the late great Trinidadian Marxist writer and historian C.L.R. James.
The Perth Writers Festival was characterised not only by a joy at reading and creative endeavour, but also by anxieties about, firstly, the perennial theme of what-Australia-is, and secondly, humanity’s uncertain future.
The term Creative Industries is also indebted to a particular aesthetic idea of what counts as art. If Foley wants to be minister for that department, perhaps we need a counter position in a Ministry of Uncreative Industries.
Since 2007, the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize has been Australia’s richest competition for new and emerging poets. This year again the competition attracted hundreds of high-calibre entries.
Now, Overland poetry editor Peter Minter has finished blind judging the competition and has selected a shortlist of six poems.
The Left in this country can learn from the example of Syriza’s rise and the difficulties it has encountered. Syriza did not come to power because of a few powerful individuals or a charismatic leader. They came to power because disparate groups within the Left in Greece were able to set aside their differences and organise together.
The Barangaroo Delivery Authority claims the development is ‘adding a brilliant new dimension to brilliant Sydney.’ Though if the Shademaster is planted, the effect will prove the opposite of this vision; the character of the landscape will be as Sydney-like as the casino at Barangaroo South is ethical.