Content warning: eating disorders, body image, fatphobia. You know that scene in Mean Girls where Regina George is wearing sweatpants on a day she’s not allowed to by her clique? The one in which she’s not wearing them because she wants to, but because they’re ‘all that fit right now’? Privy to the dramatic irony of the scene, we know that her bodily incongruence is due to sabotage by the flawed heroine of the film, Cady Heron. Cady is feeding Regina Swedish protein bars to make her gain weight so rapidly she loses her hot bod/social position (which are one […]
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And what, we hear you ask, were the 20 most-popular reads on the Meanjin website through 2018? Here you go. What a delightful, provocative, engaging, and thoughtful selection. Well done Meanjin readers, you chose well. 1. Jane Gilmour: What I learned About Poverty https://meanjin.com.au/essays/what-i-learned-about-poverty/ 2. Emma Pitman: Misogyny is a Human Pyramid https://meanjin.com.au/blog/misogyny-is-a-human-pyramid/ 3. Bruce Pascoe: Australia—Temper and Bias https://meanjin.com.au/essays/11312/ 4. Margaret Simons: Michelle Guthrie—Why She Went https://meanjin.com.au/blog/michelle-guthrie-why-she-went/ 5. Mark Pesce: The Last Days of Reality https://meanjin.com.au/essays/the-last-days-of-reality/ 6. Liz Duck-Chong: We Need To Talk About Tom Ballard https://meanjin.com.au/blog/we-need-to-talk-about-tom-ballard/ 7. Katharine Murphy: The Political Life Is No Life At All […]
In the November episode of the Meanjin podcast, Jonathan Green hosts Miles Franklin–longlisted author Jane Rawson and naturalist Harry Saddler in a discussion about the dark reality of climate change for animals.
Next, poet Robbie Coburn reads his poem ‘Convalescence’ from our Spring 2018 edition.
And memoirist and artist Eloise Grills reads from her Meanjin blog piece ‘Diet Culture Rules Everything Around Me’, before discussing digital spaces, experimental memoir and the power of public vulnerability with our producer Marta Skrabacz.
The tendency to look overseas for great literary works is hardly new. The notion of ‘cultural cringe’ (coined by AA Phillips in 1950) describes an Australian assumption that ‘the domestic cultural product will be worse than the imported article’. We suppose it’s being done better internationally, and look to international markets as arbiters of taste. We measure our own successes against international works—both in terms of sales and reception—and maintain the baseline assumption that international work represents the highest level of achievement. Emmett Stinson charts the evolution of the cultural cringe in a more recent context, describing it as a […]
Over the last two years, the capacity to manage mood has been monetised through the sharing of fake news and political feeds atuned to reader preference: you can also make people happy by confirming their biases.
In 1975, J.G. Ballard published his eighth and, by my reckoning, his best novel. It was unpretentiously titled High-Rise. As the name suggests, the narrative is an account of life inside an exclusive 40-storey apartment block in East London. The high-rise is one of five identical glass and concrete units, upraised like the fingers of a colossal hand and positioned around an empty concrete basin, soon to be an ornamental lake. Built on reclaimed docklands along the north bank of the Thames and flanked by derelict nineteenth-century terrace houses and abandoned factories, Ballard’s fictional complex is modelled, quite evidently, on […]