The Allergic Frontier A case study in video game addiction
by Jack Cameron Stanton
“The veneer of fun erodes over time. When you become sicker, you use more – to detach from reality.”
The Singer and The Song A conversation with Rickie Lee Jones
"Rich people never look happier once they come home from shopping. It's all there in the mirror and it ain’t going nowhere."
Burning Man A Firefighter’s Story
by Matthew Thompson
One favour that firefighters sometimes do for each other is toss out a few reminders that being too comfortable with the chaos can be dangerous.
Greeks’ Creek Last summer at Prince Alfred Municipal Public Pool
by Perry Keyes
It was the mid 70s and it was the waning days of the old inner-city summers. ‘Greeks’ Creek’, as it was known to most of the kids at Redfern Public School, was in full flight...
The Story of Beatriz Exploitation of migrant workers in Sydney’s local suburbs
by Hannah Bent
Beatriz* migrated illegally to Australia so she could send money back to her family in the Philippines. There, you have to pay the hospital a deposit before they will treat you. In Australia, Beatriz doesn’t have Medicare – when she needed an operation, friends helped her find a discreet doctor, and she paid in cash.
Kader Attia Kader Attia at the Museum of Contemporary Art
by Sebastian Smee
Attia’s recent work is all about injury and repair.
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This Perfect Day Losing Anthony Bourdain
by Elmo Keep
Call someone you haven’t for a long time and tell them that you’re thinking about them. Invite someone over for a meal and cook for them. Let them know they can tell you anything.
Something Better The old masters give Beck’s sound a new shine
by Mark Mordue
“Great music can create some great perspective shift. Like a sudden stunning view. Or a moment out with friends when you’re all laughing. Where life opens up and everything is bigger and brighter.”
Heroes Just for One Day A new skatepark opens in Sydenham
by Mark Mordue
Maybe like the art of skateboarding itself one can hover here on the fine and happy edge of this camaraderie and something messed-up and free-falling in at least a few of these youths’ lives.
Caught in a Trap Sydney’s rat-runners are just another sign of a city being crushed by obsessive plans for a Big Australia
by Jock Cheetham
It's 9.30am, I’ve just left home, and I hit a 100-metre queue at the lights. My pulse quickens.
Books That Change Lives, Apparently Iranian existentialists, chick lit grandmas and spitting in Morse code
by Jack Marx
How to win the Facebook competition to see who has the most exotic home library.
In the Zone Sam Doctor’s images from Fukushima
by Leon Batchelor
“It’s like when parents have a missing child and they keep the bedroom in the same way.”
When It Is All Just About Okay John Cheever and his flower of confusion
by Joseph Earp
Maybe there is the warm, uncomplicated glow that comes over us when, after so much time and so much hurt, things are finally just about okay.
Radio Free Alice Darlinghurst
by David Perkins
Located in a small cluster of shops on Darlinghurst Road, between the Jewish Museum and the Darlo Bar, 'Alice' is the mother lode for indie kids.
Boon Cafe Instant karma in the city
by Lee Tran Lam
“We were the weird kids. Everyone wanted to see what we were having for lunch, so they could tease us for the rest of lunchtime."
Bilson at Table My Favourite Duck
by Tony Bilson
"I often view with evil intent families of ducks walking towards the ponds in Centennial Park."
On Hospitality A philosophy on dining behaviour
by Jim Hearn
"Much of the romance of food is generated by people with idealised versions of what their childhood meant... Their hospitality industry becomes Rosebud; a nostalgic rendering of what unconditional hospitality looks, tastes and smells like."
Getting Southerly Busted At North Bondi RSL
by Adam Gibson
The image of Bondi is one of glitz and glamour… But the salt-blasted reality is somewhat different; the old weathered remnants of what was known locally as Scum Valley still often win out.