Category Archives: Commentary

The Privilege of Starvation: On Art and Creative Writing Courses

Another day, another week, another privileged old white man bemoaning the state of Western literature. The problem? Creative writing courses, naturally. When I set out to write this piece, it was in response to comments made last year by Horace Engdahl, one of the judges for the … Read more »

Death Trends: Hashtag Activism and the Rise of Online Grief

In the days leading up to April 29, my social media feeds were dominated by scores of doleful messages imploring Indonesian President Joko Widodo to extend clemency to the condemned Australian drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Some held candlelight vigils and uploaded them to Instagram. … Read more »

The Kim K-Hole: Adventures in Kim Kardashian’s Hollywood

I haven’t slept in months. Not since Kim Kardashian told me to hire Simon and Maria. I know they mean well, but their total commitment to making me the biggest star in Hollywood (after Kim, obvi) means that I have no time to think or read or … Read more »

Sucker Punched: Ducking and Weaving Through the Grief of Chronic Illness

Earlier this year I had a ceremonial burning. I dragged my body up the steep stairs to our study. No mean feat when your muscles are wasted and weak, and your blood pressure has a fondness for dropping at the most inconvenient of times. I went through … Read more »

Wrestling with Myself: Uninitiated and Ringside at the WWE

Chugging back an iced coffee, Will says, ‘Triple H married Vince McMahon’s, the top guy’s, daughter in real life and in storyline; storyline first. It was crazy.’ Vincent K. McMahon is a 68-year-old, third generation wrestling promoter, who has the type of face monopolised by super rich … Read more »

Name Calling: Coverture in a Feminist Age

When we married we were twenty-two and I wore a red dress printed with blue and yellow flowers. He wore red jeans and a sherwani, a thigh-length Indian tunic sewn with intricate embroidery. When we married we were twenty-two and there was a bouncy castle, the only … Read more »

Questions of Belonging: How to Love This Ancient Sunburnt Country?

The first of October 1991 is a date I will always remember, because it’s the day that life, as I’d known it, changed forever. This sounds as dramatic as only a teenager can imagine, but I was a 14 year old from the tropics and landed in … Read more »

Look Who’s Talking: A Birth Story

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou Waterslides had always been my greatest fear before I had a baby. When I was really little my dad had to bribe me with a packet of jellybeans to get me to go … Read more »

The Other Railwayman: A Diagram of Disaster

The pages of the report pertaining to Inquest No. 51/1003 – ‘Inquisition before Coroner sitting alone’ – are held together by a split-pin fastener that’s been in place so long its rust has pressed into the paper. There are sixteen foolscap sheets including a doctor’s report and … Read more »

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