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Summer 2020

Published 1 December 2020


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In December's 80th birthday edition of Meanjin, writers address the edition's theme: The Next 80 Years.

The issue opens with reflective contributions from all of Meanjin's living past editors. Tara June Winch and Behrouz Boochani offer a conversational meditation on time and the very notion of a future. Bruce Pascoe writes on the strange relationship non-Indigenous Australians have with trees, and wonders when we will realise that the forest is a friend. Jennifer Mills encounters ... herselves ... in a future archive. Peter Doherty sees a future world of worries-many of them viral-but settles on hope and the necessity of individual responsibility. Jess Hill wonders whether existing models of policing are fit for purpose in countering domestic abuse. Michael Mohammed Ahmad writes on whiteness and the idea of 'real Australians'. Jane Rawson looks at dramatic changes in Australian nature and wonders 'who belongs here?' And Raimond Gaita writes on the moral challenges that have been presented by Covid19 and the challenge to our future presented by Black Lives Matter and the quest for Indigenous sovereignty. 

 

Up Front

NATIONAL ACCOUNTS:
MEANJIN, BY ITS EDITORS

Jonathan Green
Jim Davidson
Judith Brett
Jenny Lee
Christina Thompson
Stephanie Holt
Ian Britain
Sophie Cunningham
Sally Health
& Zora Sanders


Essays

WHEN WE TALK ABOUT TIME
Tara June Winch & Behrouz Boochani

CHALLENGE AND OPPORTUNITY
Peter Doherty

A THIN BLUE LINE
Jess Hill

HATING TREES
Bruce Pascoe

IT'S SHIT TO BE WHITE
Michael Mohammed Ahmad

WHO BELONGS HERE?
Jane Rawson

COVID, QUALITY AND A COMMON WORLD
Raimond Gaita

2100: AFTER NEOLIBERALISM
Toby Miller

FACE THE MUSIC
Karen Wyld

CONSIDER THE LIBRARY
Justine Hyde

SMOKE SHIFT
Paul Collis & Alice Bishop

HOT, CROWDED AND OLD
Bernard Keane

MORE THAN OPENING THE DOOR
Sam van Zweden

A LOVE LETTER TO THE DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
Tim Dunlop

FUTURE TENSE
Nicola Redhouse

GRAVIDITY AND PARITY
Eleanor Jackson

HEADING TO SOMEWHERE IMPORTANT
Martin Langford

BORDERS, IDENTITY, LITERATURE 
Jumana Bayeh

UNIVERSITIES AND THE LIBERAL IMAGINATION
Glyn Davis



Memoir

ARCHIVE ETHICS
Jennifer Mills

IN THE BEACH
Mark Pesce

LIVE ON
Eda Gunaydin


Fiction

THE SECRET GARDEN
Julie Koh

TEMPTING THE PEST
Ben Walter

THE IMMORTALITY PROJECT
Tara Moss

WE WERE ONLY VISITING TO BEGIN WITH
Kasumi Borczyk


Reviews

FEAR LIFE
Amy Walters

NOBODY'S HOME
Cher Tan

DHURGA DHAMANJ (DHURGA TALK)
Jessica Friedmann


Poetry

Farewell to the Long Sad Party
David Brooks

Demolition Man v. the No Freedoms Act
Jessica L. Wilkinson

From the Headland
Andrew Taylor

A Journal of the Plague Year
Justin Clemens

Outside the Walled City
Cassandra Atherton & Paul Hetherington

The Middle Distance
Kim Cheng Boey

Guard Duty 2091
Liam Ferney

Patina on Glass
Philip Mead

Falling
Sarah Day

Ten Predictions for the Future
Eileen Chong

You Have Been Unsubscribed
David McCooey

Futures Past
Jill Jones