The triumph of intellectual property over storytelling

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Article
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Film

Sony’s pickle is that Spider-Man doesn’t have the sidekick roster of a Batman or rotating teammates of the X-Men: so in order to keep producing content, the studio must dive into the rogues gallery and make movies about villains. And Michael Morbius is a character so far down the villain totem pole that the very announcement of the project garnered snickers from fans instead of excitement.

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Article
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Melbourne
Television

The secret life of St Kilda

The Secret Life of Us did away with decades of self-conscious representations of Australia as an alienating, unpleasant and quite frankly embarrassing place to spend one’s twenties. Instead, posited a city where its new generation of inhabitants feel comfortable. For many young viewers, the show reflected real life—unmagnified, unfiltered and uncynical.

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Article
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Art
Work

What would Joseph Beuys think of your ‘focus forest’?

What the Forest app provides is the illusion that time spent on study, work, or everyday chores can also be creative and community-minded. Moreover, that the tasks of everyday life and work that are typically ephemeral, forgettable, and often of diminishing returns, can—when recorded in productivity trees in the forest of progress—leave a trace, recouping a sense of purpose and significance.

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Article
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Writing

What happens when authors stop listening to their editors

When I moved into a second career in editing and publishing, friends told me that working as an editor might temper my love of books—that a professional eye might spy previously unnoticed flaws. I dismissed this, but they were right. Before, if a book left me restless, dissatisfied, annoyed, I would simply close it and move on. Now, I know what is wrong, why I, the reader, feel short-changed.