Essays

 

Things are likely to fall apart, and generally do.

Things are likely to fall apart, and generally do.

Hélène Frichot
Winter 2024
The year in repair did not begin well, and geopolitical events unfolding at home and farther afield were only going to make it worse ...
Australia in three books

Australia in three books

Stuart Harrison
Winter 2024
On a wall in my house, near where I keep the books, there is a framed photograph of architect Robin Boyd’s own house on Walsh Street in South Yarra ...
Our bog paddock’s understory

Our bog paddock’s understory

Katherine Wilson
Winter 2024
Left to her own devices, our bog paddock became a biodiverse wonderland ...
Still Tourists

Still Tourists

Aidan Hookey
Winter 2024
On the road into Yulara, the tourist town next to Uluṟu, there are two big signs for Ayers Rock Resort, with the resort’s motto: ‘Touch the Silence’ ...
Don’t read the comments: The backlash against Indigenous language reclamation in Australia

Don’t read the comments: The backlash against Indigenous language reclamation in Australia

Gerald Roche
Winter 2024
In the many Countries across the continent of Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are reclaiming their languages ...
There’s something about Heide

There’s something about Heide

Yves Rees
Winter 2024
Melbourne is ground zero of Heide fever, but the tidal wave of books has ensured its reach extends further afield ...
Outsourcing our ideas to ChatGPT: how much do we really value human creativity?

Outsourcing our ideas to ChatGPT: how much do we really value human creativity?

Nathan Hollier
Winter 2024
How has artificial intelligence tool ChatGPT changed our society—and us? ...
Not one constitution but three constitutions in a trench coat

Not one constitution but three constitutions in a trench coat

Elisa Arcioni & Emily Crawford
Winter 2024
As the night of 14 October wore on, it became clear fairly quickly that the referendum to enshrine an Indigenous Voice to Parliament to government would be defeated ...
Death of a Sellsword, or, Hunger is the Best Spice

Death of a Sellsword, or, Hunger is the Best Spice

Patrick Marlborough
Winter 2024
I freelance because I am a freak and a failure. A lifetime with the vibe and energy of a character in the third act of a Safdie brothers movie has made me all but unemployable in the industry that I’ve ...
Some thoughts on the common toadstool (or, the intruder)

Some thoughts on the common toadstool (or, the intruder)

Ben Brooker
Winter 2024
In Adelaide’s Museum of Economic Botany, the charming centre-piece of the city’s Botanic Garden, is a display case containing 210 papier-mâché models of fungi made in the nineteenth century by Heinrich Arnoldi and Co in Gotha, Germany ...
Renewing democracy with collaborative reasoning

Renewing democracy with collaborative reasoning

Michelle Sowey
Winter 2024
Some years ago, I met with the principal of an elite private school to pitch the benefits of a program of philosophical inquiry for students ...
Djaara: the essential ingredient

Djaara: the essential ingredient

Rodney Carter
Winter 2024
The Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation has a recipe for health and success. It’s a recipe perfected by the Dja Dja Wurrung Ancestors over millennia ...
There is no beginning

There is no beginning

Na'ama Carlin
Pain, suffering, hope, humanity, and revolution are universal and do not necessitate the safety of one peoples to the exclusion of others. We are not free until all of us are free ...
Armageddon again

Armageddon again

Robin Gerster
‘There are no longer problems of the spirit. There is only the question: When will I be blown up?’ ...
Testamentary (un)freedom

Testamentary (un)freedom

Renata Grossi
Will disputes circle the big issues of death and grief, love and money, the private and the public, intergenerational wealth and inequality, sexism and ageism. At the epicentre lies the law and the legal profession: incapable, incompetent, unwilling or opportunistic? ...