What if 2001: A Space Odyssey was directed by George Lucas?

Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey is remixed with George Lucas’ 1977 space opera Star Wars, by YouTuber Poakwoods, and this is the result. Truly awesome. Also, it seems hard to believe from the third decade of the twenty-first century that less than ten … | Continue reading


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The 2022 Wiki Loves Earth photographic competition

Photo by Sven Damerow. Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International. Check out the stunning entries in the 2022 Wiki Loves Earth photographic competition. This image, by Sven Damerow, of a cuckoo wasp, was created by blending several photos together. A larger version of the photo can … | Continue reading


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A poet laureate will need to bolster interest in Australian poetry

By 2025 Australia will have a poet laureate, who will presumably be selected and appointed by the proposed Writers Australia peak body. As with many aspects of the National Culture Policy which was unveiled last Monday though, details remain thin on the ground for now. For instan … | Continue reading


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ChatGPT is the fastest growing consumer application ever

Krystal Hu, writing for Reuters: “In 20 years following the internet space, we cannot recall a faster ramp in a consumer internet app,” UBS analysts wrote in the note. It took TikTok about nine months after its global launch to reach 100 million users and Instagram 2-1/2 years, a … | Continue reading


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#BookTwitter and other Twitter communities fear for future

For years now book aficionados, publishers, and literary agents, have been convening on #BookTwitter, a community similar to Instagram’s #Bookstagram posse of book lovers. Like many other Twitter groups though, #BookTwitter’s future hangs in the balance, subject to the fickle whi … | Continue reading


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Will Writers Australia succeed where other peak bodies have not?

Writers Australia is a new peak body to be established as part of the National Cultural Policy, which was released by the Australian federal government last Monday. While the exact functions of Writers Australia — which comes into being in 2025 — are yet to be fully detailed, its … | Continue reading


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Poetry by American poet laureate Ada Limon headed for Jupiter

Now if Australia had a poet laureate, which it will by 2025, perhaps their work would be winging its way through interplanetary space towards Jupiter. Instead, verse composed by American poet laureate Ada Limón, will be engraved on Europa Clipper, a NASA space probe scheduled for … | Continue reading


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What is the most successful Hollywood movie? It depends

Information is Beautiful looks at the different of assessing a film’s success. By worldwide box office gross takings, Avatar, made in 2010, by James Cameron, tops the list. But adjust the takings for inflation, and the picture changes. Sort of. Avatar still tops the stack, but Ti … | Continue reading


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Instagram creators launch news reading app called Artifact

Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, creators of the original Instagram, who sold the photo-sharing to Facebook for one billion dollars in 2018, have launched a new app called Artifact. Rather than curating photos though, Artifact serves up popular news articles and blog posts: The si … | Continue reading


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Victorian Premier’s Literary Award 2023 winners announced

The Victorian Premier’s Literary Award 2023 winners were announced at an awards ceremony held at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre this evening. Twenty-seven titles were included on the shortlist last December, across seven categories. Winners in each category, together with the People’ … | Continue reading


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The National Cultural Policy and the role of Writers Australia

Among initiatives announced this week in the Australian federal government’s National Cultural Policy, is the formation of Writers Australia, a body that will, according to the policy document, “provide direct support to the literature sector from 2025.” Writers Australia will be … | Continue reading


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Sophie Cunningham, Emily Bitto, talk This Devastating Fever

Australian author, and co-founder of the Stella Prize, Sophie Cunningham, discusses her latest novel, This Devastating Fever (published by Ultimo Press, September 2022), with Melbourne based author Emily Bitto, in a podcast recorded by the Wheeler Centre. This Devastating Fever, … | Continue reading


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The Dublin Literary Award 2023 longlist

Seventy books, published in thirty-one countries, have been named on the Dublin Literary Award 2023 longlist. After Story by Sydney based author and filmmaker Larissa Behrendt, Bodies of Light by Jennifer Down, winner of the 2022 Miles Franklin award, and Cold Enough for Snow by … | Continue reading


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An award for the best book titles? Goodreads has you covered

Thirty-six books have been recognised by Goodreads in their unofficial best book title award, for, as the name suggests, books with unique and quirky titles. Winners, who are only accorded the honour and glory of being selected, were drawn from books published between August 2022 … | Continue reading


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Revive, Australia’s new National Cultural Policy unveiled

Revive is the name the Australian federal government has given to a new five principle, five year, National Cultural Policy, that was made public yesterday. Revive is a five-year plan to renew and revive Australia’s arts, entertainment and cultural sector. It delivers new momentu … | Continue reading


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Simone Young, Knowing the Score, a film by Janine Hosking

Conductors are synonymous with classical music performances, yet at the first recital I went to, a show by the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) in 2009, at the Sydney Opera House, no conductor was present. Instead, ACO artistic director, and lead violin player, Richard Tognetti … | Continue reading


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ChatGPT may take your job but ChatGPT may make your next job

Jobs in education, finance, software engineering, journalism, and graphic design, are among some of the occupations under threat from OpenAI chatbot ChatGPT, writes Alex Mitchell for the New York Post. That’s a wide gamut of work. But ChatGPT will also play a part in creating new … | Continue reading


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Flume, Hilltop Hoods, make their mark in 2022 Hottest 100

Sydney DJ and electronic musician Flume topped the 2022 Triple J Hottest 100, with his track Say Nothing, a collaboration with Australian singer-songwriter MAY-A. It’s the second time a Flume track has reached number one in the Hottest 100, a feat matched only by defunct Brisbane … | Continue reading


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Australian authors to be compensated for ebook library loans

After concerted lobbying by industry representative organisations, such as the Australian Society of Authors, Australian writers will now receive a payment when a library lends out an electronic version of their book. Authors, illustrators, and editors will be compensated for e-b … | Continue reading


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More promotion of Australian literary awards benefits authors

Louise Adler, director of Adelaide Writers’ Week, talking to Katrina Strickland, editor of Good Weekend, laments the lack of wider excitement generated by literary awards in Australia: “We adore it when our authors win awards but, actually, often they do not translate into sales, … | Continue reading


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ChatGPT cannot take author credit for academic papers published by Springer Nature

The United States Copyright Office (USCO) recently declared it only wants to grant copyright protection to artworks created by people, not AI technologies. Now Springer Nature, one of the world’s largest publisher of scientific journals, says hot AI technology of the moment, Chat … | Continue reading


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A preview of the 2022 Triple J Hottest 100 countdown

The countdown of Triple J’s Hottest 100 songs of 2022 kicks off at midday tomorrow, Saturday 28 January 2023. To ramp up anticipation, the powers that be at the Jays have offered a few tantalising clues as to what can be expected this year: Twenty-three acts will be making their … | Continue reading


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The War of the Worlds, invasion literature by H G Wells with an Australian connection

When people think of The War of the Worlds, the novel written by late British author H. G. Wells, and published by William Heinemann in 1898, after being serialised in 1897, they think of science fiction. Yet the story of the inhabitants of Mars crossing the interplanetary void t … | Continue reading


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Only two book adaptations nominated for Oscars Best Picture 2023

All Quiet on the Western Front, written in 1928 by Erich Maria Remarque, and Women Talking, written in 2018 by Miriam Toews, are the only two book to film adaptations to be nominated in the best picture category for the 2023 Oscars. This is a far cry from the substantial number o … | Continue reading


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Good books gone bad, the impact of audiobook narrators

Usually a novel’s success hangs in a solid storyline, great characterisation, tension, originality, the list goes on. But as Australian writer and editor Fleur Morrison points out, novels in audiobook format face an additional hurdle when it comes to doing well: their narrator. I … | Continue reading


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Triple J Hottest 100 winners likely to be male acts from Sydney or Melbourne

The countdown of the Hottest 100, a poll of Australian radio station Triple J’s listeners, goes to air from midday (AEST) on Saturday 28 January 2023. Billie Eder and Lachlan Abbott, writing for the Sydney Morning Herald, analysed past winners of the countdown, and worked out wha … | Continue reading


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Australians prefer physical books says Amazon Kindle research

Amazon Kindle recently quizzed just over one thousand Australians about their reading habits. Here are some of the findings that caught my eye: Almost half those surveyed read fewer than five books in the past twelve months Meanwhile just over five percent said they’d read fifty … | Continue reading


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How to design 1999-like websites in 2023

Websites designed in the late 1990’s, especially personal sites, like the in-your-face Geocities pages, might have been inaccessible, difficult to navigate, devoid of standards, and completely lacking in latter day best practice methodology, but they were fun. Bold. Colourful. No … | Continue reading


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Adam Vitcavage: the first book you write may not be published

Adam Vitcavage, whose podcast Debutiful explores the work of debut authors, offers a blunt observation to aspiring writers, in a recent interview with Los Angeles based novelist Ruth Madievsky: I think aspiring writers need to realize that your dream first book might not be what … | Continue reading


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Are the current tech layoffs a result of over recruitment?

The layoffs in the tech sector continue, with Microsoft and Google among companies announcing mass redundancies across their operations last week. Ten thousand people are impacted at Microsoft, and twelve thousand workers at Google have been sacked. Although both company CEOs str … | Continue reading


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Author meets publisher at Australian literary speed dating event

Everyone has a book in them, so they say. But the multitude of story ideas is placing a strain on publishing houses. Some book publishers in Australia are said to be so overwhelmed with manuscripts, they are limiting submissions to works of literary fiction only. The outlook for … | Continue reading


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Before the Coffee Gets Cold Readings 2022 bestselling book

Australian bookseller Readings released a list of their top one hundred bestselling titles for 2022, yesterday. Bodies of Light by Jennifer Down, winner of the 2022 Miles Franklin award, Dropbear by Evelyn Araluen, winner of the 2022 Stella Prize, and the aforementioned Cold Enou … | Continue reading


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The Novel Prize for literary fiction 2022 shortlist

The Novel Prize is a biennial award for works of literary fiction, co-convened by three publishers, Giramondo, Fitzcarraldo Editions, and New Directions, based in Australia, Britain and Ireland, and America, respectively. Earlier this week, eight writers, some published, some not … | Continue reading


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The Booker Prize is seeking a name for their award trophy

Booker Prize organisers are looking for a name for the statuette they present to recipients of the annual literary award, which was originally designed by late Polish-born British author and artist Jan Pieńkowski. The statuette was presented to inaugural Booker Prize winne … | Continue reading


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The 2023 Indie Book Awards shortlist

The Australian literary award season (and quite a long season it is), is underway for the year, with the announcement yesterday of the 2023 Indie Book Awards shortlist. Four titles, in six categories, are in contention this year: Fiction: Limberlost by Robbie Arnott Horse by Gera … | Continue reading


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Nick Cave calls ChatGPT written Nick Cave song grotesque

A fan of Australian musician Nick Cave, named Mark, asked ChatGPT to write the lyrics to a song “in the style of Nick Cave”, and sent the resulting output to Cave to look at. Despite disliking the lyrics, Cave, who described the song as “bullshit”, and “a grotesque mockery”, wrot … | Continue reading


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The Whale, a film by American director Darren Aronofsky

The finer production details of a film are usually something I don’t pay much attention to. I’m primarily interested in the story, and the way it is told. Having said that, I don’t mind filmmakers talking about, say, visual effects, if it’s being discussed incidentally. Otherwise … | Continue reading


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Richard Bell, You Can Go Now, a film by Larissa Behrendt

You may not have heard of Indigenous Australian artist and activist Richard Bell, but he has been at the forefront of political activism for over fifty years. Describing himself as an activist masquerading as an artist, Bell has spent fifty years fighting for Aboriginal rights an … | Continue reading


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Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, part of cassette tape revival, but why?

Image courtesy of Ratfink1973. Taylor Swift and Harry Styles are among musicians to recently release material on… cassette. As in cassette tape, or compact cassette. But at least eighty percent of both performers’ target audience must be under the age of thirty-five. How many of … | Continue reading


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2023 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship shortlist

Nine Australian writers have been named on the 2023 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship shortlist for biography writing. Unlike a literary award, where an author is recognised for a completed work, the fellowship invites writers to pitch an idea for a biography or memoir, they are w … | Continue reading


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Novel serialisation, good for readers, good for writers

Publishing novels by serialisation, or regular instalment, used to be a widespread practice. At one time it was the only way to read the latest works of authors such as Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Jules Verne, Leo Tolstoy, H. G. Wells, and Arthur Conan Doyle. Usually auth … | Continue reading


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The American Dialect Society word of the year 2022 is –ussy

Are you ready for some word play? -ussy, which, in this context, is actually considered a suffix — but, in this case, is still a word — has been chosen as the American Dialect Society’s (ADS) word of the year for 2022: “The selection of the suffix -ussy highlights how creativity … | Continue reading


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More novels published in the 1990s are being studied at school

The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, Catcher in the Rye, and Vanity Fair, are among books commonly studied in high school. Despite their undoubted literary merit, many of these titles were published decades — and in some cases — centuries, ago. But things a … | Continue reading


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Voting open in Dymocks Top 101 books 2023 poll

Voting is open for Australian book retailer Dymocks annual Top 101 books poll. Eligible titles span seven categories being bestsellers, fiction, fantasy and science-fiction, crime, romance, non-fiction, and young adult, and voters have the unenviable task of selecting just ten bo … | Continue reading


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The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro, and another England

Reading Kazuo Ishiguro’s 1988 novel, The Remains of the Day, twenty-years ago, changed the way British freelance writer Max Liu saw England. When Liu re-read the novel last year, he changed the way he saw the central protagonist James Stevens, the stoic butler of Darlington Hall, … | Continue reading


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The exorbitant cost of luxury goods is why people queue up to buy

Despite their cost, the goods sold by some luxury retailers are not always quality buys, though such matters seldom deter customers. It’s the price tag they’re interested in. And the higher the price, the better, writes American author and entrepreneur, Seth Godin: Luxury goods a … | Continue reading


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Tesla reduces prices of electric vehicles in Australia

Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla has modestly reduced the prices of cars across its range in Australia. The Tesla Model 3 now starts at $63,900 (was $65,500), whereas the Model Y now starts at $68,900 (was $72,300). Price reductions vary from 1.9 to … | Continue reading


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The wave of tech company layoffs and social contagion

I’ve worked in a number of organisations in the past that have been subject to rounds of staff layoffs or redundancies. In most cases the prime motivation was cost cutting, and the decision to proceed was usually made by a senior executive who would not have to deal directly with … | Continue reading


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