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Psychological Shopping: Harvey Norman

Can a shopping aisle have the emotional effect of a Broadway musical or a new flick? Oliver Mol reviews aisle nine at shopping centres across Australia.

Poetry and Advertising: a Kinship

Advertising isn't as foreign to poetry as you think, argues Ennis Cehic.

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Stories and Poems:

Excerpts from: A Guide for the Practical Abductee

GDS contributor E. Kristin Anderson provides an eerie insight into her upcoming paranormal and cryptozoology inspired chapbook, A Guide for the Practical Abductee.   Static Believe me, I want...



It’s a father and daughter tour and we stop for some famous cliffs. A mountain valley running to the west, waterfalls on a near rock face.   Ten years...

On Writing:

A Small Boy

Going Down Swinging co-founder Kevin Brophy on confronting the fear of writing.

A Freelancer's Guide to Europe: London

Online editor Megan Anderson gives up a roof, friends and financial stability to write around Europe.

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

The entire purpose of the novel seems to be a sort of wink-wink nudge-nudge inverse portrayal of Victorian history.

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.