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Skip the boring bits, hit a chapter a week, get drunk: how to read Ulysses

Skip the boring bits, hit a chapter a week, get drunk: how to read Ulysses

My first nibble of Ulysses happened decades ago, and I spat it out, undigested, no doubt making a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp.

  • by Keith Austin

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Calling all Millennials to the dance floor as Beyonce and Drake announce return of clubbing
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Calling all Millennials to the dance floor as Beyonce and Drake announce return of clubbing

Bust out the Deep Heat and prepare to move your ailing body.

  • by Thomas Mitchell
Will Lightyear make it to a future where kids want to watch it over and over again?

Will Lightyear make it to a future where kids want to watch it over and over again?

Twenty-seven years have passed between the respective releases of Toy Story and Lightyear. Movies have changed, and so have our ways of watching them.

  • by David Free
The best movies, TV, music, podcasts and books of the year (so far)

The best movies, TV, music, podcasts and books of the year (so far)

As a sort of mid-year stocktake, our critics have picked their favourite pieces of pop culture from the first half of 2022.

  • by Debi Enker, Garry Maddox, Melanie Kembrey, Barry Divola and Robert Moran
I’m a rabid Harry Styles fan. Call me frivolous, but Sherlock Holmes is to blame

I’m a rabid Harry Styles fan. Call me frivolous, but Sherlock Holmes is to blame

I’m a 31-year-old woman with a high school crush on a pretty man from a boy band, but fandoms are not new.

  • by Genevieve Novak
Bring out the eyeliner, gothcore is making an unlikely return

Bring out the eyeliner, gothcore is making an unlikely return

Wherever economic, social and political injustice reigns, expect savage guitars and violent sonic dissonance.

  • by Cat Woods
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22-year-old Australian actor the star as HBO boosts Game of Thrones prequel

22-year-old Australian actor the star as HBO boosts Game of Thrones prequel

The first “key art” poster released from the new Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon features Australian actor Milly Alcock.

  • by Michael Idato
Jealous of everyone’s European summer? Here are seven shows to help beat the winter blues

Jealous of everyone’s European summer? Here are seven shows to help beat the winter blues

While your friends post obnoxiously about #EuroSummer, these idyllic TV series will help take the edge off your crippling jealousy.

  • by Thomas Mitchell
More than a hit movie, E.T. is still one of cinema’s best magic tricks

More than a hit movie, E.T. is still one of cinema’s best magic tricks

Steven Spielberg’s suburban fairy tale was a bona fide phenomenon on its release, the kind of lightning-in-a-bottle sensation we have rarely seen.

  • by A.A. Dowd
Hamish Blake takes out Gold Logie as TV’s biggest night returns after two years

Hamish Blake takes out Gold Logie as TV’s biggest night returns after two years

The popular host also took home the inaugural Bert Newton Award for Most Popular Presenter on a winning night for Lego Masters Australia.

  • by Michael Idato
Why do people queue for brunch?
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Why do people queue for brunch?

On weekends across Australia, you’ll see them: the long queues outside feted eateries. Some cafes try to make long queues happen on purpose. What are they thinking?

  • by Osman Faruqi and Carla Jaeger