I lost my way in the spaghetti junction of highway roadworks into which Melbourne's M2 currently devolves and found myself heading away from my destination, towards Footscray. The family car was so full of belongings - garden tools, blankets, artworks deemed too sentimentally precious to leave to the removalists- that I couldn't use the rear-view mirror. I doubled back, then tripled back, in an effort to recover the route. Eventually I abandoned the blue dot on Google Maps, always a crucial few hundred metres out when it comes to junction exits, and drove by a more Zen method: swapping to a compass app and heading due south, feeling my way to Port Melbourne and the ferry terminal.' (Geordie Williamson, Editorial introduction)
Contents indexed selectively.
'In the wake of winning the Stella Prize for her latest novel The Museum of Modern Love, Heather Rose talked with Benjamin Law at a Hobart event about writing, reading, ghosts and Marina Abramovic.'
'Through the casual sexism inherent in Australian surfing culture, Erin Hortle reflects on identity and inclusion.'
'Damon Young and Ruth Quibell consider uprooting themselves and their children from their rental-to-rental life in Melbourne, and brace for the great leap southward.'