Page 492 of our reviews

The Female Thing

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Laura Kipnis is not afraid of telling you what it is like to be a woman. In fact all of her books concentrate on the dilemmas of being a feminist in western modern times. Her latest book, The Female

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White Chalk

Reviewed by Mark Azzopardi

For her new album White Chalk, P.J. Harvey offers us a totally different listening experience. With less emphasis on guitar-driven songs, Harvey, aided by producers Flood and John Parrish, and The Di…

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The Emergence of Memory

Reviewed by Martin Shaw

Long-time readers of this august publication will know that in the mid-nineties I was already raving about W.G. Sebald (The Emigrants, The Rings of Saturn, Vertigo), for I already had the feeling the…

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Cease to Begin

Reviewed by James Power

Seattle’s Band of Horses follow up 2006’s excellent Everything All the Time with another album of radiant, wistful earnest music. As exemplified on ‘Detlef Schrempf’ (the album’s fourth-track tribute…

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Reviewed by Sid Grane

Long regarded as Australia’s pre-eminent female soul and R&B singer, Geyer returns with another fine album to showcase her great voice. She has chosen some excellent songs too: ‘Why Can’t We Live Tog…

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What the Dickens

Reviewed by Kathy Kozlowski

This highly inventive novel is really two stories in one. Three children and their older cousin are trapped at home in a violent storm when electricity, food and communications are almost non-existen…

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Verdi: La Traviata

Reviewed by Phil Richards

Missing from the catalogue for a while, it’s very nice to have this version around again. Contrubas is very moving as Violetta and Domingo is all grace in his duets with Violetta. Kleiber’s strong an…

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Boccherini: Guitar Quintets 4, 7 & 9

Reviewed by Phil Richards

This recording from 1971 has long been one of my favourites. Narciso Yepes is at the top of his game in this lively performance and he gets great support from the Melos Quartet. Also listen for Lucer…

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Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis

Reviewed by Kabita Dhara

Ali Smith’s latest work radiates a sweet passion that is at once surprising and highly attractive. Refiguring the myth of Iphis and Ianthe from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Smith ponders the way our gender…

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Chicken Dance

Reviewed by Anisija Gillian

Kids’ review

Don Fred Schmidt loves chickens. Since he asked his Mum if he could look after their chickens Don has been to a chicken-judging contest, won first place and got a blue ribbon. Don had …

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