PATRONS ONLY - COOKED

"... Bouganvilleans believe the land is like the skin on your hand. You inherit it, and it is your duty to pass it on to your children in as good a condition as, or better than, that in which you received it."Raphael Bele, 1969

I watched the election results ooze in with our seven month old passed out on my lap.

The overdue demise of Toney, the chief architect of the last decade’s worth of general rot, was hardly an effective salve, given the circumstances.

PATRONS ONLY - COLLATERAL DAMAGE

I picked up my copy of Collateral Damage: The Zodiac Mindwarp American Tour Diaries from the late, lamented Polyester Books on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy in 2004.

Ever the savvy economic manager, I dropped ten percent of the 500 bucks I’d earned (at roughly $7.50 an hour) making my mates Neon’s debut clip for a major label on this and Fucked By Rock.

TONY MARTIN’S DEADLY KERFUFFLE

CAST your mind back to 2006.

The Australian twenty four hour news cycle was in its infancy - scuttlebutt, innuendo, hearsay, grossly ill-informed speculation and flat out bullshit travelled at much slower speeds.

It was a gentler, simpler time of Blackberrys, Sky News and anti-terror fridge magnets.

BLUNT: BLADE RUNNER 2049

In 1981, Scott directed Blade Runner, a vexing, iconic work of noirish science fiction adapted from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, a novel by author Philip K Dick.

BENJAMIN LAW'S MORAL PANIC 101

AS I prepare this review, the Coalition government’s same-sex marriage postal survey is entering its second week.

The Australian Christian Lobby, led by Lyle Shelton, is presently staging a ‘no’ campaign launch in Adelaide, the City of Churches.

RUSSELL BRAND'S RECOVERY: FREEDOM FROM OUR ADDICTIONS

Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions is Brand’s fourth book. The author’s first two efforts were autobiographies exploring his childhood and ascent to fame. Both were florid, charmingly written insights into the pathologies behind Brand’s self-destructive lusts. His third book, REVOLution, focused on political activism during the lead up to the UK’s 2015 General Election, and is further illustrative of the author’s self-admitted Messiah complex.

HELEN RAZER'S TOTAL PROPAGANDA!

EIGHT rich, old, white dudes control more wealth than the poorest 50% of people on planet Earth.

That’s a depressingly slight percentage of the vaunted 1% which benefited from the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) and birthed the Occupy movement.

TELLING TALE: THE HANDMAID'S TALE (S1)

Based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, The Handmaid’s Tale is set in the Republic of Gilead, a near-future dystopia, which we eventually surmise is the United States of America subsumed by a theocratic, patriarchal police state.

BRAKING BAD: BABY DRIVER

AS recent Hollywood legend goes, Baby Driver director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) dreamt up his film’s high concept as a student in the mid ‘90s. Moved by the garage rock bombast of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s (JSBX) 1994 single ‘Bell Bottoms’, Wright envisioned a muscular, Bullitt-style car-chase scene set to the track’s primal thrust.

DAVID MARR'S THE WHITE QUEEN

IN his seventh Quarterly Essay, The White Queen - One Nation and the Politics of Race, journalist David Marr examines Pauline Hanson and One Nation’s re-emergence in our current global political context.

KNOCKING RELIGION: THE BOOK OF MORMON

RELIGIOUS satire has existed for millennia, pre-dating Christianity itself.

From the work of Greek playwright Aristophanes - circa 400BC -  through to last year’s ribald Seth Rogen animated comedy Sausage Party, the tradition of art questioning belief is fundamental to humanity’s ongoing spiritual evolution.

RETURN TICKET - TRAINSPOTTING 2

CINEMATIC history is rife, perhaps even founded on, explorations of white male solipsism.

From Citizen Kane to There Will Be Blood, from Taxi Driver and Midnight Cowboy to Requiem For A Dream and beyond, our movie screens have been littered with selfish bastards ruining their lives and others’ for well over a century.

HIGHWAY TO NELL

The Maitland raised, Sydney-based Nell — like many rock stars, the artist goes by a singular name — opened her eponymous show at Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) last month.

UTTERLY WRETCHED: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

Black-out plonker and spurned, allegedly barren divorcee (red flag!) Rachel (Emily Blunt) wakes up from an average to medium sized night on the lash — blood-soaked, weedy lines of coke on a compact, potentially incriminating video-selfie rants, drained-thirst tanker of vodka (it was gin in the books, pedants!), nothing too confronting — convinced she’s done something heinous, potentially murderous.