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Restoring the Astral Balance

Julian R. Murphy tries to ground himself in Paris through a Marina Abramović participatory artwork.

Suspended Animation Inc.

Rafael S. W. on the collapsing cryogenics movement and how you can help.

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Neil Boyack: Storytelling and Self Help

Photo / Steffen Pedersen From storytelling to social work, rural Victorian writer Neil Boyack is a man with a fair bit to talk about. He’s also just released his...

Teaching Poetry under Bunjil

Paul Mitchell reflects on his experience running Australian Poetry-sponsored workshops with the Aboriginal community at Lake Tyers, Victoria. I’m standing on the balcony of the Lake Tyers Indigenous Training...

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

Carrie by Stephen King

Carrie basically follows a kind of Mean Girls meets She’s All That narrative, except there’s a whole bunch of traumatic menstruation-based bullying, and after our protagonist goes through her...

Beloved by Toni Morrison

I didn't want to read this book. I had a vague idea of what it was about – harrowing slavery, a woman with a dead baby.