Review of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix: self transformation you can’t see

About five years ago, I KonMaried my underwear drawer and now all my knickers now maintain vertical integrity. And yes, I experience joy every time I open my drawer.

Chenille! It’s back, actually, it never went away in Japan

This cute chenille hanky arrived from Japan today, thanks Yoko! The Japanese just have a different attitude to hankies than in the west...

Review of SBS The Feed’s Sex in Japan: a new look at a disturbingly old problem

I think Sex in Japan: Dying for Company is a compassionate and insightful look at today's Japan. What I like most in this story is the reporting. Rather than talking to media savvy academics or commentators, The Feed team engage with 'ordinary' young Japanese.

Review of Drama-Sutra by Nautanki Theatre: Indian and Chindian stories

All our stories belong to all Australians. All our stories should have equal value. That's why these three plays by South Asian diaspora playwrights Sonal Moore, Kevin Bathman and Roanna Gonsalves are so precious, and resonated with me.

Review of GLOW Season 1 on Netflix: storytelling in the Trump era

Review of Glow Season 1 on Netflix

GLOW is fabulous entertainment with crisp, witty dialogue and unexpectedly affecting poignant moments, like the emotionally intimate scenes between sleazy director Sam and the protagonist Ruth. Yet GLOW avoids being too earnestly up its own arse by being fun and just downright silly most of the time.

Review of Podcast Missing Richard Simmons: it’s no S-Town

Review of Missing Richard Simmons Podcast

Unlike many of my esteemed radio producer colleagues, I really liked the 6 part podcast series Missing Richard Simmons by Dan Taberski.

Netflixtherapy: or how the power of narrative saved me from depression

Netflixtherapy

Because all good narratives, no matter how black in theme or tone, are essentially about illuminating the human condition. And the blacker the story, the more it illuminates. Which is why I'm drawn to binge-watch dismally dark stories about death and violence - narratives that plumb the depths of human depravity.