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The Stratified Stare

Tessa Toumbourou writes on the hierarchy of who looks and is looked at in Jakarta.

A Short History of Melbourne Art

The Depressionist movement emerged at the turn of the century with a group of Melbourne-based artists whose mild disappointment with almost everything could no longer go unexpressed.

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The Devil of Msida – Short fiction by Nick Robinson.


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...

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On Writing:

Prism Writing Prompt: Haters Gonna Hate

PRISM's executive editor Clara Kumagai calls on you haters to get writing.

The Meditations: Jonathon Lawrence on ‘Kujiragatari (Whale Story)'

The Meditations is a curated series of reflections on writing and storytelling from contributors to Going Down Swinging No. 35. This reflection comes from Jonathon Lawrence on his short story...

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

The Code of the Woosters by P. G. Wodehouse

It is best to read every sentence as if you are Stephen Fry eating a large sponge cake; jolly good.

Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac

Balzac’s observations are made in such a way that you can imagine them as the #hottakes they once were.