Tag: review

‘Radical’: A film to provoke thinking

For those of us who work in education systems, we can only empathise with Sergio who suffers an ‘existential crisis’ from having to teach the curriculum. The effect is soul destroying for both him, and his students.

Unsettling Scorsese’s Killers

Is this a filmmaker casting his gaze back across a body of work or recognising the extent to which his creative artefacts have been confined by his subjective positioning?

The Hollow Myths of a ‘Maverick’ Empire

Ironically Star Wars was produced towards the end of a historical period of idealised counter-cultural iconography. Its heroes were rebels. In Top Gun: Maverick the earlier film’s dynamics are appropriated in support of the American empire.

Big History for World Revolution?: Karatani’s and Graeber and Wengrow’s very different new perspectives

If, for almost all of our history, humans have creatively and continuously improvised new ways of living in common and wilfully abandoned experiments that failed, why has that process stagnated so completely in the modern world?

Israel as the Abyss: On Antony Loewenstein’s ‘The Palestine Laboratory’

Ned Curthoys

11 Apr 2024

The reality of Jewish suprematism, the grind of occupation and the constant harassment and humiliation of Palestinians by Israeli police generated shame as to what was being done in his name as a Jew.

Monsters from the Id: On ‘Forbidden Planet’ (1956)

The luminous sheen of progress and technological advance, which promised the Krell an endlessly ascending future, was undermined at last by atavistic impulses, sprung from roots sunk in their evolutionary past.

Perpetrators: Israel under The Zone of Interest

Where were your grandparents during the war? The question sits upon my tongue when I meet a German. Israelis will soon find that a similar gaze will descend upon them.

Silence and the Social Order

It is not merely a matter of not knowing; it is knowing actively being suppressed by multiple mechanisms. In this respect Australia is an example of the role silence can play in making the formation of a certain kind of nation state possible.

Where does Value Lie?

As Marx unfolded the ‘hidden abode’ of the capitalist market to reveal the true nature of capitalist accumulation, so Fraser moves behind that abode to find another.

More Light Shining in Oxbridge

Eagleton’s brisk summaries of their legacies afford a window into a time of sudden and tumultuous change both in modern Western culture at large and within the cloistered environs of academic literary criticism.

Time is Ignorance

We are in thickets of folktale and myth even before the characters in Joe’s comics come to life and Joe, following a cuckoo’s call, encounters the deep past as he moves through known topography made as strange as time itself.

From Small Things Grow

Through the perspectives of key participants, this book tells the story of how the communities of a sprawling Victorian regional electorate initiated a movement that would transform Australian politics.