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Past Lust

It was one of the most intimate experiences of my life. When she arrived we’d both already eaten dinner, so we made a self-saucing pudding together. While it baked we watched a documentary, our bodies close together on a couch. Soon, our dessert was ready. There really is something about baking. I can honestly say […]

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“Will love tear us apart?”: Game? Song? Artwork?

http://willlovetearusapart.com is not fairly described as a “game”. Nor is it an “artwork” as we think of them. Perhaps it is best called an “experience”: an experience of exploring the artist’s response to Joy Division’s “Love will tear us apart” by interacting with a game. Will love tear us apart creates a simulacrum of a […]

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beat

two waves in phase will reinforce, create a pulsing beating heart; a hum – in neither, only in both- vanish’d when they are sound apart. note this: four notes are yes, a chord, a living vibrant harmony, with overtones not conscious heard, absent in individuality. falling trees fall silently, if no one hears their great […]

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GREENS FAIL TO WIN SECOND SENATE SEAT

Chris Mitchell Perth, April 6: With 65.0% of the vote counted, the Greens have failed to win a second senate seat in the critical WA Senate re-election. Despite an all-out campaign and the second highest level of campaign expenditure, the Greens barely broke quota, garnering a mere 16.2% of the primary vote. This represents a […]

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On having arrived, for now at least

Two conversations come to mind. The earliest: I’m at the piano, playing Ben Folds’ “Still Fighting It”, singing “It sucks to grow-up”. My sister earnestly tells me that the song is wrong. Apparently, my older brother Rowan had said so – “and he’s grown up.” Confident in the experience of my teenage self, I retorted […]

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loveship

you are the compass that offers direction you are the rudder that shifts the course you are the sails that bear life forward you are the the mast that holds aloft you are the scope showing far futures you are the anchor preventing drift you are the wood making it whole you are the pitch […]

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“Ground Wars”, Rasmus Kleis Nielsen: Field Organising

Field campaigning on a competitive 21st-century congressional race: First, targeting. Specialists draw upon voter records outlining who is registered and how frequently they’ve voted, combining it with commercially-available information about consumer behaviour. Each voter has been assigned a unique ID so their information can be updated over time even as they move house or change […]

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“Upheaval of Thought”, Martha Nussbaum: Emotion’s Intelligence

Emotion occupies a privileged yet vulnerable place in human life. We treasure it, bathe in it, and let it make decisions for us. Yet at times we scorn it or disparage its worth, blaming it for poor decisions and questioning its judgement. Likewise, in the field of philosophy, emotion has been given more attention and […]

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me wearing only a towel, but it covers most my body.

Content in the Body

This is a curious thing to say, but I rather like my body. It has been quite good to me. In 2012 my feet took my hundreds of kilometres from Port Augusta to Adelaide. They complained a bit, they griped, but they obligingly, companionably, took me all the distance. My legs served me well during […]

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Divestment is really rather good

Last year I heard Bill McKibben speak in Canberra as part of his “Do the Maths” tour. It was sensational. What most impressed me was less his oratory, less his analogies, and more the simple strategic brilliance of the divestment campaign. With the Abbott Government tearing up clean energy laws, and the climate movement regrouping […]

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