Ben's Books: Floundering

Thursday April 12, 2012

Reading about the neglect of children is hard, but Romy Ash's debut novel Floundering makes a hideous situation compulsive.

Sunday reading: Meatpaper

Sunday April 08, 2012

Not just for carnivores, Meatpaper is a mag for anyone interested in why humans do (and eat) what we do.

The Old Man and The Sea

Saturday April 07, 2012

"Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated."

Room with a view

Wednesday April 04, 2012

We've all left things behind in hotel rooms: boxers, a few bottles of beer... socks. But German artist Thomas Demand has gone one better.

Keaton Henson

Saturday March 31, 2012

Jim Henson made Kermit and Miss Piggy, but he shouldn't be confused with Keaton Henson whose new music video is like a beautifully moody alternate world of Muppets.

Most of us have wished we were Bruce Lee at some point in our lives. This new doco helps us get beyond the imagination and understand why Lee, who died at 32, is so iconoclastic.

Slow mo sound

Wednesday March 28, 2012

Sigur Ros describe their upcoming album as an "avalanche in slow motion" and they've released a track to prove it.

Ben’s Books: Quarterly Essay

Monday March 26, 2012

They're modest-looking volumes, but damn they pack a punch. Every three months, Quarterly Essay presents Australians with a 25,000 word meditation on politics or philosophy.

Bearhug (album giveaway)

Saturday March 24, 2012

If Dinosaur Jr., Teenage Fanclub, and Broken Social Scene had a baby with an Australian accent it'd be called Bearhug.

Making public art public

Friday March 23, 2012

'Echology' is a series of public seminars that aim to bridge the gap between civic funded 'public art' and the public. No more eyesores!