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Mardi Gras Night

Kavita Bedford on Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras night in Sydney.

Like Rooney Mara, Only Darker

What happens to your identity once you alter the shape of your face? Creative non-fiction by Madison Griffiths.

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Excerpt from 'Atlas Dharma'

This is a sneak preview from our up-coming Going Down Swinging #33 from a collaboration between Cate Kennedy and Simon MacEwan. We will be launching the new GDS #33...

Instructions Not Included

Time passes differently inside a psychiatric hospital. A series of observations from K. J.

On Writing:

Mental Health and Memoir

The challenges of mixing memories with mental health. By Katerina Bryant.

Finding the Will

Fiona Broom tries to find the most elusive of powers.

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

Complete Novels of Dawn Powell

Rory mentions Powell because she was a prolific writer who fell into relative obscurity, and is often credited with coming up with some of Dorothy Parker’s famous witticisms.

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...