Creation stories

REVIEW BY GARTH JONES

MUSEUM | ON THE ORIGIN OF ART, MUSEUM OF OLD AND NEW ART, HOBART TASMANIA

To paraphrase Monty Python’s Life of Brian, MONA Museum figurehead David Walsh is not the art world’s Messiah, he’s just a very naughty boy.
The quirky Tasmanian gambler, art collector and businessman – obsessed with sex, death and viscera – ...

Counting blessings

REVIEW BY HARRIET ZIEGLER

BOOK SET | SPINIFEX BLESSING | JULIE PERRIN

The title of this delightful set of three booklets by Julie Perrin is both tantalising and telling.

Tantalising because we might wonder, why spinifex? An Australian plant so common we often fail to see it. Yet once our eyes are opened to it, it is beautiful in ...

Oddly Familiar

REVIEW BY PENNY MULVEY

PLAY | THE ODD COUPLE

It must be equal parts delight and terror as an actor to step into a role so familiar to the audience. Shaun Micallef and Francis Greenslade have done just that for the Melbourne Theatre Company’s latest production, The Odd Couple.

Micallef plays the uptight neat ...

Building for the future

REVIEW BY SUZANNE YANKO

BOOK | MAKING PROPERTY SERVE MISSION | FRED BATTERTON

The author lays it on the line in his introduction. “My two passions are architecture and my Christian faith”. Fred Batterton’s new book Making property serve mission, subtitled “Rethinking the churches’ buildings for the 21st century” is both liberating and confronting as a blueprint for change.

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Standing strong

Review by PENNY MULVEY

BOOK | CHILD, ARISE! THE COURAGE TO STAND. A SPIRITUAL HANDBOOK FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ABUSE | JANE N. DOWLING

Jane Dowling is a member of an international Catholic missionary community, serving within the community in prayer and Ministry of the Word. A consecrated member of this community for 23 years, Jane leads spiritual retreats, ...

Battle with blasphemy

REVIEW BY TIM LAM

BOOK | BLASPHEMY: THE TRUE HEART-BREAKING STORY OF THE WOMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH OVER A CUP OF WATER | ASIA BIBI

Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi has been languishing on death row for the past seven years. A mother of five from an impoverished rural village, she has become an international symbol of Pakistan’s cruel ...

Working Class Hero

FILM |I, DANIEL BLAKE | MA

Review by EMMET O’CUANA

Director Ken Loach opens his latest cinematic polemic with a simple title sequence against a black screen. We hear two voices speak. Their conversation is initially stilted and formal and then slowly becomes frustrating for both parties. The speakers are an assessment officer for the UK government’s Employment and Support ...

Unpolished silver

REVIEW BY EMMET O’CUANA

BOOK | THE SILVER BARON’S WIFE | DONNA BAIER STEIN

Donna Baier Stein’s fictionalised account of Elizabeth ‘Baby Doe’ McCourt Tabor promises much. Here was a woman who lived an incredible life in the latter-half of the 19th century. McCourt was born to Irish immigrant parents in Wisconsin. She escaped an ordinary working life by ...

Judging Jonah

REVIEW BY BOB FASER

BOOK | SYMPATHY FOR JONAH: REFLECTIONS ON HUMILIATION, TERROR, AND THE POLITICS OF ENEMY-LOVE | DAVID BENJAMIN BLOWER

David Blower’s brief (60 pages) study of the Book of Jonah challenges the main foundation of most popular interpretations of this book, i.e., ...

Universal truth?

REVIEW BY NICK MATTISKE

BOOK | INVENTING THE UNIVERSE: WHY WE CAN’T STOP TALKING ABOUT SCIENCE, FAITH AND GOD | ALISTER MCGRATH

Confronting the New Atheists is a bit like tidying up after toddlers. It’s continuous, there is an amount of tantrum throwing and, ironically ...