Art not only enriches our lives, it can be deeply informative. Art from ancient times is often a window through which we can learn about life, culture and the belief systems of people who lived thousands of years ago.
Brussel sprouts, rotten fruit in a drawer, lederhosen kink. It seems the more creative an artist is, the more creative they are with their habits.
MS Paint might be a relic of bygone technology, but one Sydney artist has chosen to immortalise his hometown in that dead medium.
Johnny O’Keefe was one of kind, and absolutely ours. Happy Birthday, wild one.
A man of great genius and eccentricity, Percy Grainger is our of our most oft-forgotten notable figures. Pay him his due…or he may whip you.
The big day is finally here. But while you’re fighting with your relatives over the same old issues, Christmas in far-flung places is far crazier than yours.
The Queen of Sheba crosses time, religion and form. Not bad for someone who might not have existed.
Sydneysider Marnie Ogg is one of the few people around the world we trust to protect the night sky. How did she get this title, and what does she do? Read on, stars…
Nellie Melba was an island upon herself. Alongside her obvious talent, she excelled at the art of the exit. And having foodstuffs named in her honour. What have you done? Hmm?
This Armistice Day, we’re looking at soldiers who suffered horrendous facial injuries during the Great War and how medicine and art worked together to help them.
Catherine Howard may have been married to Henry VIII, but history has not been kind to her. Maybe she needs to lawyer up.
Ada Lovelace was a woman two centuries before her time, pioneering the science behind whatever it is you’re reading this on. The true motherboard of computer science.
We asked author, editor, journalist and friendly neighbourhood spider-dude Robert Whyte to tell us about some of the books that inspired him to become a writer.
Doubt is now being levelled at Christine Blasey Ford in the wake of the FBI’s findings, but that shouldn’t distract from what we women regularly face.
In 2018, our country stands at a strange point. Our children are promoting nuanced, adult discourse, whereas we’re relying on schoolyard fare to get our points across.
We asked Indigenous leader and former national president of the Australian Labor Party Warren Mundine to tell us about five books that have inspired and motivated him.
A refusal to stand for the anthem has braced Australia. In the interest of fairness, let’s take a look at the history of the national anthem, warts and all.
Michael Mohammed Ahmad talks to The Big Smoke about his book, The Lebs, racism, Islamophobia, misinformation, paranoia and the power of art.
The Australian prime minister was an endangered species long before we did politics at the edge of a knife. You’re no Frank Forde, ScoMo.
In celebration of Fathers Day let’s honour two dads who as far less remembered than their famous children. Typical.
Leonard Bernstein was one of the few who defined a city, and while he was quintessentially New York, his reach ventured far beyond the Hudson.
You may not know it, but a separate nation exists within the borders of Australia. Lead by a man named Prince Graeme, the unrecognised principality is an island upon itself.