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Dancing Dubya and the Policing of Grief

Writing of social media having a “field day” is wasted energy. Brouhahas about bullshit are a daily occurrence. There are people - evidently with more spare time than me - who are ravenously scouring content…

Me Before You Before Fiction

In the lead up to its US release, American television was running a curious tout. Apparently, Me Before You was better than The Fault in Their Stars. Um, way to set the bar nice and low. Along with the…

Mauling Money Monster

As a Cinema Studies undergrad, falling asleep during films was a pretty common occurence. In a poorly ventilated Carlton theatre, I’d sleep through a litany of titles deemed, curiously, as classics but…

Love, Serendipity and Algorithms

This article contains minor spoilers about a film that, admittedly, doesn’t have a great deal of plot twists. For the first half of How to Be Single I assumed I’d write about watching it – and liking it…

In Celebration of Ragtag Posses

Last year, in a very small town with a pretty big university, I wrote a forthcoming book called Internet and Intimacy. A minor point in my book but one with some happily tangential relevance to a slew…

Latham, Lone Wolves and News Lite

There’s visceral reluctance on my part to write anything about Mark Latham’s latest shenanigans. My default policy is to not feed the delusions of egotists who thrive on attention, be it good, be it bad…

Good Writing vs Good Storytelling

A friend - both close and a little odd odd - gave me a novel a few days before I left on a long haul fight. In The Unlikely Event. Judy Blume’s first novel in fifteen years, I like to believe that the…