Kore-eda is an Underrated Genius

Not many people have heard of Hirokazu Kore-eda, the Japanese filmmaker. Although most of his films regularly attend international film festivals, he has not achieved the wider recognition he rightfully deserves. Despite having been nominated five times in the Cannes Film Festival and winning the Jury Prize for his film Like Father, Like Son in 2013. His films are intimate domestic dramas, languid in pace … Continue reading Kore-eda is an Underrated Genius

What I Learned about Shame through Asynchronous Learning

It is week one of Trimester 1 and I feel … uneasy. I stare at the welcome message from one of my instructors, drawn to a phrase, innocently penned. It instructed students that should they be unable to access live tutorials, to ‘please access them asynchronously.’ Context alone allows one to deduce the meaning of this word, and a quick google search confirms what I … Continue reading What I Learned about Shame through Asynchronous Learning

Meeting and Preserving Social Media’s ‘Digital Dead’: Interview with Philosopher Patrick Stokes

As our lives become more entwined with the internet, so too do our deaths. When we die, our ‘digital flesh’, the uncollected artefacts we users of online services amount throughout our lives, become ‘digital remains’—nebulous ‘corpses’ distributed across systems and sites. Some of these remains, such as spam folders and search histories, are analogous to fingernail clippings or the contents of a junk drawer. They … Continue reading Meeting and Preserving Social Media’s ‘Digital Dead’: Interview with Philosopher Patrick Stokes

When We Name Gold

Content Warning: This piece contains mention of rape. When we name gold ‘gold’, we violently extract a metal from its natural texture, investing into it our dreams of wealth, power, spiritual purity and so on, which have nothing whatsoever to do with the immediate reality of gold (Slavoj Žižek 2010). In high school, my favourite teacher asked us to write a poem titled ‘What Being … Continue reading When We Name Gold

Grief Train

My experience of grief has always resembled an all-stations train—a hop-on, hop-off service, well-timed in its arrival to the appropriate station, each one representing an emotional response. A rite-of-passage if you will, in the journey of coming to terms with loss. In February 2020, I was again on-board the Grief Train, although this time the journey was different—it was an express service. The train whirred … Continue reading Grief Train

You can still see the golden arches: the 2022 NSW flood crisis

All I can think of is my grandmother praying: her rosary beads threaded loosely between the base of her palm, forefinger, and thumb. Caught in a five-day storm, she can only watch as the rain fills the gutters, and the river rises beneath her. My grandmother is a kind person, and she prays for the families, businesses and animals being taken by the rising water. … Continue reading You can still see the golden arches: the 2022 NSW flood crisis

Australia’s Latest Rape Culture Reckoning

Content warning: This piece contains mention of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence. In January 2021, I watched in awe as Grace Tame was named Australian of the Year. We all know her story by now: at fifteen, she was groomed and repeatedly raped by her high school maths teacher, Nicolaas Bester. He was fifty-eight at the time. Bester was eventually convicted in 2011 and … Continue reading Australia’s Latest Rape Culture Reckoning

How Self-help Authors are Saving Lives in COVID Times

Feelings cannot always be traded online. The thrill at the sound of the ocean, or goosebumps at the sight of an art gallery, even the hype and smell of a movie theatre—the buttery popcorn, the excited whispers, and dreamy exits—where have they gone? How can we cope with our lives now that they are no longer accessible? Here lies a generation who suffer through the … Continue reading How Self-help Authors are Saving Lives in COVID Times