'I lose followers every time I tweet about sports. But then again, Twitter is a shitty website, and sports bring me endless joy. Whether encountered in a local park or an arena, they’re settings for all kinds of incredible human achievements. They’re also rich in symbols that can be applied to all walks of life, or stretched to fit generic introductory statements.' (Justin Wolfers Editorial introduction)
Only literary material within AustLit's scope individually indexed. Other material in this issue includes:
'Award-winning poets Ali Cobby Eckermann and Michelle Cahill talk memory, colonisation, and erasure in our continuing Poets in Conversation series.
'Antidotes only exist out of necessity, given against something already present, already acting upon the body. Without the danger that calls them into action, they may hold no value for us—but when we need them, we need them desperately. This one-off series is designed to have antidotal properties, by collecting and dispatching a sustained chord of lighthearted positivity, written against a cultural moment that overwhelms and frightens and covfefes us daily. ‘A light when all lights are out’, ‘a welcome reprieve’, a cute story that plays at the end of the news telecast featuring the baby elephant at the zoo: these are some of the ways we describe such instances where the pressures upon us are alleviated, when we can avoid thinking about the gloomier realities of this life. But we wondered, what other kind of meaningful comforts might be possible? A writer friend recently spoke about the need to capture moments of levity—especially when working with subject matter that might be brutal or traumatic—moments that, however small, offer respite and a provisional hope.' (Introduction)
'We need to have a talk with the girls in the office about the uncomfortable liminality of the tops they wear over their leggings. It is becoming extremely distracting, the ontological indeterminacy of their fashion. Is it a blouse? Is it a tunic? Is it a dress? These troubling questions are not conducive to productivity in the workplace.' (Introduction)