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Bordering On The Cruel

Bordering On The Cruel

Naama Carlin, Naama Carlin
During his press conference on 28 June 2021, Prime Minister Scott Morrison was asked about Australia re-opening its borders, which closed March 2020. Morrison’s reply made it clear that this is not on the cards. He highlighted Australia’s 'advantage at ...

On The Death Of A Character Actor

Patrick Marlborough, Patrick Marlborough
Ned Beatty has died, at the age of 83. One of the greatest 'hey, it’s that guy!' character actors, Beatty starred in over 160 films, was nominated for an Oscar and two Emmys, and embodied each role with a deceptive ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Susan Hurley
When Covid-19 emerged, my reading choices veered sharply to factual. I trained as an epidemiologist. Now, here was the disaster I’d been taught was inevitable. I pored over scientific papers about the new virus, trying to understand what was happening, ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Mark Brandi
It might sound morbid, but I’ve been reading a lot of epitaphs lately. It’s because I’ve been spending a lot of time in a cemetery. Melbourne General Cemetery, to be precise. I go there most days, via the Macpherson Street ...
Meanjin Editorial, June 2021

Meanjin Editorial, June 2021

Jonathan Green, Jonathan Green, Jonathan Green
The boundaries of the state are elusive and arbitrary. Beyond and between them is a void. The idea of ‘Australia’ ends just a few metres from where I’m writing, in an alley between this building and the next. From my ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Michelle Wright
I’m always a little hesitant to speak about the books I’ve read. And that’s because there are so many books I haven’t read. Compared to a lot of authors I know, I get through an embarrassingly small number of books ...
Dear Melbourne ...

Dear Melbourne …

Jane Gilmore, Jane Gilmore
I love my city. I was born in this city. One day I’ll die here. I learned to love it by leaving it and now I grieve and sulk and rage with it. My vibrant, posturing, mercurial city. Flawed and ...

Gaza and the 20-year War on Terror

Nahed Elrayes, Nahed Elrayes
Last week’s Q&A farce did not surprise me in the way it could have. I was not surprised by the difficulty of Palestinians to get one voice on the panel, or that the two handpicked questions were by from Zionists ...
Lockdown 4.0: A Conversation With Myself, Because That’s Where It’s At

Lockdown 4.0: A Conversation With Myself, Because That’s Where It’s At

Rachel Coghlan, Rachel Coghlan, Rachel Coghlan
Here we are once more, friends. We welcomed you back, neighbours beyond the ring of steel, now we say hooroo again. We haven’t used those words, this time, have we? There’s something less fortress-like, now, in the ambience. I don’t ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Melissa Manning
Last month, for the first time in more than a year, I slept in a bed that was not my own. At the foot of a ravine, on the bend of a river, I fed logs into flames and drank ...
Mare of Easttown Brings A Genre Back From the Dead

Mare of Easttown Brings A Genre Back From the Dead

Kara Schlegl, Kara Schlegl
Easttown is a weathered Pennsylvanian nook, the kind of place that presses its community together without much room for trees. It has sturdy houses built by great-grandfathers that people in the 90s would’ve said will last forever, but are just ...

Do We Still Fear the Reaper?

Lauren Rosewarne
Australian public health campaigns are rarely discussed without reference to the Grim Reaper commercial. In the late 80s, the National Advisory Committee on AIDS released a series of shock ads: one with a baby-faced Russell Crowe playing Russian roulette in ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Emilie Collyer
I am drinking tea, made in a blue enamel teapot. It is lukewarm. I need to either finish or reheat it. I live on Wurundjeri country. Today, this week, I am on Darug and Gundungurra country. I am mindful of ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Sarah Ayoub
Arab-Australian Literature is having a moment. A few months ago, the poet Omar Sakr walked away with a Prime Minister’s Literary Award for his stunning collection, The Lost Arabs (UQP, $24.95), and Randa Abdel-Fattah launched her Coming of Age in ...
Meat Alternatives for the Motherland: A Review

Meat Alternatives for the Motherland: A Review

Katerina Gibson, Katerina Gibson, Katerina Gibson
ARTICHOKE 'FISH': You meet again at a restaurant which serves artichoke broiled and seasoned to taste, feel, smell, exactly like fish. She will not be intimate with a meat eater she says, leaving the impression of her lips in orange ...