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!

Louis Theroux, surely TV's most affable and engaging provocateur, is back with a DVD of his most recent excursions into the lesser-trod alleyways of human society. 

The radio star

Tuesday March 20, 2012

In early 2005, a friend of David Byrne's told the Talking Heads frontman she missed hearing what he played in his office. So in April that year he started his online radio show.

Grinderman (album giveaway)

Monday March 19, 2012

Would've loved to have been sitting at the kitchen table when Nick Cave turned to his bedraggled, bearded mate Warren Ellis, clapped him on the shoulder, and asked if he wanted to make a cosmic clash of classic rock and classic-al.

Ben's Books: Habibi

Friday March 16, 2012

Turns out Benjamin Law (he of book writing, television guesting and article penning fame) can also read like a champ so we've convinced him to file fortnightly lit reviews. First up is Habibi by Craig Thompson.

Bye bye Britannica

Thursday March 15, 2012

After 244 years of printing the world's brain trust Encyclopaedia Britannica's hardbound books are history.

In the right hands sushi is the apogee of humankind's culinary creations. Eighty-five-year-old Jiro Ono has the right hands.

Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, Dave Eggers, Kirsten Schaal and Amy Sedaris dish out advice in this new book published by The Believer