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Going With Fergus

Z. P. Heller follows the ghosts of his father and Joyce on an exchange to Ireland.

New Slang

The Future of Phantoms

Prosthetics are giving amputees not just the ability to walk again, but the chance to damn well stride.

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Stories and Poems:

Two People Write Letters to each Other about Things That Happen While They are Travelling in Different Countries Even Though, Sometimes, Not a Lot Actually Happens: Part I

Oliver Mol and Katia Pase revive the epistolary form by writing to each other – across continents.

there are important incongruities

here – the bellbird’s “pip” there – overhead, a helicopter churns nostrils flowering with eucalyptus metal mimicking the ocean wash after relentless wash of cars on highway. only a...

On Writing:

How to Make a Buck in the Henhouse

So The Monthly’s editor, John van Tiggelen, recently made public his spat with former editor (now Good Weekend editor) Ben Naparstek. If you didn’t catch it, it was all...

Pitch Proper

When I was a writing student at RMIT (twice), I was told that if I ever worked as a freelance journalist (an ill-advised career path), the best way to...

A Small Boy

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

What I thought was a mildly challenging, but gently beautiful book, was in fact one of those not-as-rare-as-I’d-like texts that might actually send me mad.

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

So, Crime and Punishment: it’s a book about a guy who kinda wants to murder someone, and then he does, and then he freaks out.