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Our Programmability

In a culture of rock pushers the question 'why am I doing all this?' is a lethal one.

Does Australia Have a Culture of Complacency?

Until we change the date, can Australia have a real culture? Hannah Nissen argues that we can't.

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Stories and Poems:

Sir Tramsalot

Your daily commute will never be the same. By Ben Hutchings.

Sadvertising, Part One

On Friday, we announced we were all poets.


On Writing:

A Spare Room of One’s Own. Sort of.

Paul Mitchell on finding the space to write.

Why Do You Write Poetry? – Stu Hatton

Adam Ford tracks down poets and asks them the most difficult of questions: ‘Why do you write poetry?’

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

More like Theodore Dreiser-bone. That was a witty quip to connote that he’s boring, and not some kind of reference to a rural raincoat.

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Atonement is one of those beautifully crafted books that manages to evoke the feeling of looking at a misty, crumbling manor house while remembering all the terrible things you’ve...