Remembering Sam de Brito: All Men are Liars

‘All men are liars, why won’t you believe me?’ If ever there was an iconic literary question, this, by the late Sam de Brito, could be it. The question, which stemmed from what was to be guided wisdom imparted to his daughter and future children, turned out to be a column. In what was his first Fairfax column, de Brito said, ‘All men are liars. … Continue reading Remembering Sam de Brito: All Men are Liars

What is at the Core of Mental Wellness?

Mental wellness is the ability of an individual to be aware and mindful of their thoughts and understand that they can influence emotions and behaviours. From a psychological perspective, this is known as a cognitive-behavioural model of wellbeing. In other words, a mentally healthy individual can monitor and regulate their thoughts to achieve the desired emotional and behavioural response (Neenan 2017). This definition of mental … Continue reading What is at the Core of Mental Wellness?

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

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

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