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Tag: philosophy

Film Reviews

The Innocents & Things to Come

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 Film Reviews,

There’s no category in contemporary cinema more demeaning than the ‘chick flick’. It suggests a sloppy romance of the Barbara Cartland variety, or a superficial, feel-good movie with a ‘girl power’ theme. Either way the term eliminates one half of the human race as a willing audience, and patronises the other. This week two very […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Manifesto

Thursday, February 25th, 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

If we accept its Latin origins, the word “manifesto” denotes something that is obvious or clearly seen. It is, therefore, an irony that most manifestos are poetic, elliptical, idealistic, and often downright absurd. The great age of the manifesto was the first half of the twentieth century, as Modernism overturned the stale conventions of western […]

Art Essays

Tonsorial philosophy

Friday, August 26th, 2011 Aboriginal Art, Australian Art, Blog,

My barber is a philosopher. By this, I don’t mean to compare him to those hairdressers who style themselves “creative artists working in the medium of hair”. Dimitri Kokinelis, barber of Gardeners Road, Rosebery, is a genuine thinker who devotes his time between haircuts to pondering questions of truth, wisdom, justice and nature. He has […]

Art Essays

Enrique Martínez Celaya / Michael Johnson

Saturday, May 7th, 2011 International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Enrique Martínez Celaya is an overachiever by any standard. An American artist of Cuban extraction, he has been feted and praised as only the United States can fete and praise.