Very few artists allow you to travel back in time, but the warm charm of Al Bowlly instantly drags you back to the optimistic sepia blur of the 1920s.
Émile Zola was a man who escaped definition. A writer, activist, philosopher of some renown, he even ceased living in a memorable manner. Bloody overachievers.
Sappho has many labels: the muse of thousand poets, the godmother of feminism, the pioneer of sexual freedom. But who was she?
Social commentator, novelist, orator. With the doco based on him now in the Oscars discussion, why not get better acquainted with James Baldwin.
You may not know the name, but you’ve definitely heard of him: Ennio Morricone has scored the most iconic films of our time, and today he’s soundtracking your breakfast. Lucky you.
George Orwell has recently shot back into prominence after 1984 sold out on Amazon, but what of the man, and what lessons can we learn from him in 2017?
Achilles: a heroic figure muddied by thousandfold popular culture adaptations. Thus, The Big Smoke’s own Helen of Troy cuts through the ambiguity.
Half-fiction, half-real, Christopher Robin, the kid that everyone knew suffered a rather unhappy childhood because of his fame. Happy birthday Winnie the Pooh, you beast.
Nefertiti was a proud, powerful female leader, who smote those not worthy to oppose her. Why do the earliest centuries have what we cannot?
“So famous she has desserts named after her.” This week, know who you’re Googling as we hook into the history of ballet royalty, Anna Pavlova.
With the Drover’s Wife back in the public eye, it’s best that we cover the troubled life and work of our own Henry Lawson.
We all know the name, but what do we know of the man’s work beyond that ceiling that he painted? Michelangelo gets the treatment in this week’s Know who you’re Googling.
A pious peasant girl who became counsel to the King, before dying at age 19; check out what else there is to know about Joan of Arc in this morning’s Know Who You’re Googling.
The man you’d most like in the bar, and not as a pa. Papa’s personal life is well documented, but what made Ernest Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway?
The name Beethoven has stood for centuries, but the man’s life and the challenges he overcame are as towering as the symphonies he constructed.
Edward II is so much more than the weedy bloke in Braveheart, as his real story is beset by treachery, rumour and the search for power.
This week we break out the Little Black Dress to honour the birthday of the peerless fashion colossus, Coco Chanel.
The transformative, yet oft-ignored Jazz wizard Thelonius Monk is in the google chair this week. Get better acquainted with genius, daddy-o.
It’s a very special KWYG this week as we honour the cultural phenomenon (and birthday boy), Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The term “Kafkaesque” is bandied about the round table of discussion, but what the hell does it mean? And what of the man’s body of work?
We’re having an early birthday bash for Jane Austen with an exposé of her life, which sadly, didn’t meet the towering heights of her fiction.
Colloquially, Oedipus is known as the guy who fancied his mum. But the full story of this historic Greek tragedy is far filthier.