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What It Really Means to Graduate in the Arts

Four years of mental, physical and psychic exhaustion culminated in receiving a (bent) Do Not Bend envelope containing four pieces of paper.

Talking in Dead Tongues

Languages die like people. Sometimes it’s a gentle goodnight; other times it’s sudden and violent.

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The Switcheroo

Every three weeks, seven-time Going Down Swinging contributor Paul Mitchell will provide insight into the practicalities of a writing life: from staying inspired to surviving.  Once people get over...

The Importance of Writing It Down

Yesterday, I had a brilliant idea for this column. I stood in the doorway of my lounge room and thought, Yes, that’s it; that will roll off the keyboard...

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