Sex Addiction The interface between insecurity and consumerism
by Antonella Gambotto-Burke
“Cybersex addiction is a huge problem that people still aren’t talking about.”
My Gender is Orange Dalek Identity is complicated, but then so is walking upright
by McKenzie Wark
I lived in Kings Cross, in Sydney for a while. It is a particularly difficult place to park a car. I got in the habit of parking it in Premier Lane. At the time it was known as Tranny Lane. Trans sex workers sat on the cars there, smoking cigarettes. They sat on my car. I didn’t object. Sometimes we talked.
Late for the Sky Gokay Gul documents the endangered birdlife of Sydney Park
by Gretchen Miller
“People don’t know how lucky they are,” says the bird man, looking me in the eye. “Because to understand the value of something, you have to take those things from the people’s hands.”
Cowabunga Surf, turf, and organ donation on Bondi Beach
by Alex Tighe
The connection between a cattle drive and organ transplants is a bit ambiguous, but I think I get it. When we were kids, my brother had to see a specialist every six months to keep him alive, so my first memories of Sydney are of the long car rides and motion sickness...
Winter in the City All the lonely people, where do they all come from?
by Arca Bayburt
I was walking somewhere between Crown and Oxford streets when I got news that my friend had taken his life. The urge to cry began to violently climb my throat. I held it in as best I could; I made it all the way to Taylor Square – then I just let it all out.
7 Stages of Parking The shameless hunt to find a space for your car
by Tug Dumbly
Finally they finish packing, turn around and pretend to just notice you, sitting there at the wheel, grinning inanely at them. “Oh no, no,” they flap their hand. “I’m not going yet.”
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Walking the Flint and Steel Track West Head, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
by Tom Carment
“There’s a big lizard down near the water, with a tin of cat food stuck on its head!”
Cigarettes & Turpentine An Ode to My Artist-Mother
by Madelaine Lucas
She smoked Marlboro Reds and drove old cars that always broke down… She wore red lipstick religiously. She was never on time to pick me up.
The Best Way to Ruin a Walk The grass is greener for Sydney’s public golf courses, but for how long?
by Leon Batchelor
Golf courses – particularly public ones – are caught in the middle of a three-way contest between a population largely unconcerned with golf, developers with eyes for well-located land and the six per cent of us that still play the sport.
Waking Up as Someone Else How Kate Fischer became Tziporah Malkah
by Antonella Gambotto-Burke
Now 43, Tziporah Malkah, once known as Kate Fischer, is returning to the media after six years spent working as a carer in Melbourne… Television executives are beginning to consider her potential as Australia’s new Oprah.
Calling on Paradise Laurie Anderson at HOTA on the Gold Coast
by Kirsten Krauth
What Laurie Anderson loves most about creating and experiencing art is the chance to feel lost, to be disembodied.
Brothers’ Nest When blood really is thicker
by James Douglas
The Jacobsons are large men, with the heft of bulls but the contour of toddlers. They make a charismatic double act – Tweedledumb and Tweedledevious.
Blak Douglas and Uncle Roy Kennedy An Archibald finalist
by Steve Dow
Two blokes get together in a small artists’ studio, on Redfern’s Little Eveleigh Street, and yarn.
Machismo Schmismo The Presets’ new album ‘HI VIZ’
by Bernard Zuel
Blokey electronica is, like blokey rock and blokey country, all about the balls, the balls, the balls.
Galluzzo Fruiterers Glebe Point Road’s Famous Family
by John Newton
Out front long time employee Steve Fante is arranging the streetfront display. “The principle,” he tells me, “is to arrange it to feed the eye.”
Great Wog Boozes of the Inner West Special lemonade, Tia Maria and Black Charlie
by Benito Di Fonzo
What could be more wholesome for a child than to help his father make illegal spirits?
Lunch with Friends Fratelli Paradiso with Luke Storrier
by Evan Hughes
"The key to a local eatery’s longevity is to be found in the ability of their sommelier and owner to contain their greed; Fratelli hits the mark with only one or two investment-banker-priced wines."
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."