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Under the Black Flag Art Gallery of Ballarat – 10 September 2022 – 21 January 2023

Under the black flag Art Gallery of Ballarat 10 September 2022 – 21 January 2023 ARRR, me hearties!  Mention the word pirate to most people and what springs...

By naming ‘Pennhurst’, Stranger Things uses disability trauma for entertainment. Dark tourism and asylum tours do too

Image: Netflix The Netflix sci-fi horror series Stranger Things is vividly soaked in 1980s nostalgia, famously catapulting Kate Bush’s 1985 song Running up that Hill to the top of...

Sunday essay: Satan is back (again) — the Devil in 5 dark details

  Picture: Tom Ellis in Lucifer. IMDB His title is the Devil, but he goes by a number of names — Satan, Lucifer, Beliar, Beelzebul or...

Mystery monoliths: why conspiracists are ‘meh’ about the phenomenon — and how you can start a better conspiracy

Picture: AP/Terrance Siemon The three recent appearances (and two subsequent removals) of “monoliths” in Romania, Utah and California are intriguing examples of what can capture the...

The power of the grand final crowd recalls ancient times

Last year’s AFL premiers were definitely not socially distancing. AAP/Michael Dodge The year has been a strange one for sports lovers. We’ve seen athlete protests...

Cobra Kai, Bill & Ted: comebacks redefine middle-aged masculinity, but where are the women?

Dad bods abound in the Karate Kid reboot. Netflix There are certain film roles that can define an actor’s career. Ralph Macchio has starred in over...